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CLOUD STORAGE PIONEER Kim Dotcom is resigning from his director role at the Mega file storage startup to concentrate on other projects.
Dotcom confirmed reports of his exodus on Twitter, and acknowledged his new pursuits along with his intention to stay in the loop on Mega.
He said he had resigned so that he could devote more time to fighting his legal case, launching a political party in New Zealand and creating Megabox, his envisioned music service.
"#Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party," he said. "I'm still working on Megabox, too ;-)".
After the 2014 election I will get New Zealanders a new submarine cable, fair Internet pricing & no more data caps. #Gimme5Percent— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 1, 2013
Torrentfreak spoke with Dotcom about his intentions earlier this week. "I'm not a citizen of New Zealand and therefore I can't be elected into Parliament myself but I can be the president of a new party. I have created a draft political program and I am in the early stages of meeting potential candidates to join me," he said.
"I'm excited about the party and I'm confident that I can help make New Zealand a significant Internet economy player. Someone needs to lead New Zealand into the future. Unfortunately the current government doesn't know what the future looks like."
Dotcom has kept very busy since Megaupload was shut down in January 2012 and has launched the file storage system Mega, written a song (below), and successfully struck back at the extradition proceedings still ongoing against him.
He has already set himself up as a rival to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Key apparently said that Dotcom has "good PR people", to which Dotcom replied, "I don't have PR people. I'm just good at being myself. Try that Mr Key."
The political party will launch on 20 January 2014, two years after the Megaupload raid and a year after Mega opened its doors. µ
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