California has always been strange. Something about the place makes people crazy since before the gold rush days. Glazed over by the dynamic creativity under Pacific palms is the glittery God-awful insanity of eccentricity gone toxic. We always knew the place was “whack”, but the Silicon Valley nuts threatening to kill elected presidents publically?
Yeah, you read it correctly, Matt Harrigan, who is CEO of security startup PacketSled reportedly said he’d assassinate Donald Trump with a sniper rifle on Facebook. Apparently, he deleted his tirade on the social network, but not before Rufus Shinra of Trump-Conservative screen shot the postings. PacketSled quickly posted a statement letting the public that he had been placed on administrative leave and that the Secret Service was notified.
Since then Harrigan announced his resignation from the Del Mar, California startup that Crunchbase says “democratizes security investigations and response with automated network visibility, detection, & IR in the cloud”. The company’s Twitter feed posted its acceptance of his resignation as below:
PacketSled Accepts Matthew Harrigan Resignation: pic.twitter.com/ukwLdeO9YO
— packetsled (@packetsled) November 15, 2016
Resignation is just not good enough folks, I am sorry to say. The company, the madman possessed by whatever are just symptoms of a greater disease for me. Overreaction by politicians, celebrities, and especially by major corporations to Mr. Trump’s election win reveal a deep wound in America and our world. Take for instance Pepsi’s CEO sending a letter to her employees and told the press that they were “scared for their safety” after Trump’s election! My friends, these people clearly had more than a left-wing liberal agenda staked on Hillary Clinton.
As someone who reported on the California and New York startup scene for years, I can tell you the money, boozed, sex, and drugs over yonder have had their negative effects. On the political and business side, worldwide wars and chaos, fermented for economic gain leave us breadcrumbs leading to pond scum. Barack Obama and Merkel warning President-elect Trump from Berlin the other day, was a terroristic threat as well.
In this most recent case of anarchy from a company head, we see how deep down dirty things have gotten. The collective madness is not only by George Soros bought protesters, nor is the mental sickness isolated with whining LGBT crybabies. I am compelled to dig deeper into who the hell sunk $8 million bucks into PackSled, founded by Harrigan, a San Diego entrepreneur.
Keshif Ventures forked over the angel funding and part of Series A with Blu Venture Investors and JHS Ventures. On the surface (so far) Keshif seems like a normal venture fund run by a former Facebook guru. As for Blue Venture’s role, the firm headed by J.S. Gamble and, James Hunt is a tad more interesting since they are based in Virginian, and since the dough, they shell out normally goes to security tech. At second glance though, most of the principals at this firm seem to be nothing more than hapless opportunistic bean counters (more later on this). Turning to JHS Ventures, this firm is more “fuzzy”, but apparently backed by Pakistanis in the services and textile industries.
For now the deeper network of ALL of these extremist crazies against Mr. Trump, and against those of us Americans who supported him, they need to be scrutinized and understood. The extent of their ideals, or madness if you prefer, obviously reached deep within our society. As a last note, Harrigan’s and his companies connection to the City of San Diego for instance, casts a dark shadow on government big and small. The accusation that San Diego is an “immigrant sanctuary” and might lose some funding tweaks my sense of curiosity too.