Here’s how Finman introduced Freedom Phone to the world.
FINMAN: “Name one time in history where the people who banned books, media, and opinions were the good guys.
“Hi, I’m Erik. I’m the world’s youngest Bitcoin millionaire. I made it in Silicon Valley and I’ve accomplished a lot in my life already. But now I’m leaving Big Tech to fight for free speech because the Big Tech overlords are violating your privacy, censoring your speech, and I think that’s so wrong. That’s why I created the Freedom Phone and its uncensorable app store.
“Everyone is complaining about Big Tech censorship, but no one is doing anything about it. They say, ‘Build your own phone,’ so I did. Freedom Phone truly is the best phone in the world. It does everything your current phone does, except censor you and spy on you. With the Freedom Phone, your freedom of speech is our number one priority. That’s why we built our own app store that is completely uncensored.
“If an app you love has been banned from the mainstream app stores, you can still download it on ours because we don’t ban apps, period.”
And on and on and on.
Of course, there’s some irony in the way Finman has responded to his very first critics. Behold!
Oh, yes. That’s Mr. Freedom Phone himself, furiously hiding responses to his launch tweet … and blocking Twitter members who are mean to him.
Not a great start, dude.
Twitter had some further thoughts:
Pretty snide, huh? Of course, that’s exactly the kind of gentle ribbing you can expect on a free, open, and active social media platf—
Oh, shit, Finman banned that Twitter user, too.
Other users were skeptical of the self-described baby Bitcoin success story’s technological promises.
Then it was discovered that Finman didn’t “create” the Freedom Phone.
More on dropshipping here, admittedly through the lens of Amazon, which wants people to use their “dropshipping alternative,” which Amazon users will recognize as “Fulfillment by Amazon.” The short version? Finman is apparently slapping a “Freedom Phone” logo on this phone, and leaving the shipping to the manufacturer, who gets a cut.
Sounds super historic.
So this looks like just another cash grab from a self-described “Bitcoin millionaire,” whatever that means. I assume it means he bought Bitcoin when it was really cheap and sat on his ass waiting for it to increase in value. Oh, wait. Yes! That’s exactly what happened!
In May of 2011, at the age of 12, Finman struck a deal with his parents to be able to skip college in pursuit of an unorthodox education, provided he could invest successfully. The deal? He had to turn $1,000 in cash that his grandmother gave him into an impressive $1 million. Finman pursued his goal relentlessly and managed to succeed, purchasing about $1,000 worth of Bitcoin when the fledgling currency was at just $12 per coin, as well as a number of other digital currencies including Ether, Ethereum’s native token. Finman was successful in his goals, making him a self-made millionaire at the age of 18.
If you want to call him savvy or just plain lucky, fine. But what Finman isn’t is a tech visionary uniquely situated to launch a phone company. But he sure can spot a trend in all the white whining currently flooding the nation.
Hey, if there was an ETF or mutual fund that was indexed to the recent surge in white grievance, I’d buy it in a New York nanosecond. Trump’s and his troglodytes’ complaints about Big Tech are mostly nonsense, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t monetize them—if you’re the kind of person who’s already discovered the infinite virtues of sitting around waiting for barrels of cash to roll in.
Sadly, as we all know, being a millionaire doesn’t make you smart. If it did, Mike Lindell wouldn’t be hemorrhaging his MyPillow millions in a vain attempt to reinstate the Pig Kahuna.
Maybe young Erik can lose his fortune just as fast as he accumulated it. Now wouldn’t that be a damn shame?
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