The Flex 6500 was at the top of my list for my new shack until I saw where Icom is going (again, not specifically with the IC-7300 but what will inevitably be the IC-8500/IC-9500/IC-whatever). If the risk of a Flex being orphaned is as high as it now appears to me it will be, I won't go down that road. Knowing that I could easily sell it in a couple of years, I may do an IC-7300 as an interim step.
BINGO!!! Multiply your thoughts by XXXXXX number of hams and eHamers will understand why I started this thread and named it Flexradio Killer
The demise of Flexradio has already started and yet Icom has only just started down the SDR highway.
Since you know the financials of a privately held company could you please expound on their sales? If you know that they are failing so please provide evidence.
I've been very careful to note that my numbers are estimates and the best information I can easily find. I've even said it's hard to get good information on a small privately held company. I could pull a DUNS on them, but I don't want to spend the money.
Here's my sources for what I know (other than the usaspending.gov site, I don't know the sources of info for the first two):
15 employees and $2.5 million in annual revenue show up two places:http://www.manta.com/c/mmlkhm9/bronze-bear-communications-inchttp://government-contractors.insidegov.com/l/61841/Bronze-Bear-Communications-Inc-in-Austin-TX
Total US government contracts (either as prime or sub) of $16,101.19 since 2000 from two orders: one from the DOD in 2009 and one from Veteran's Affairs in 2013 is from here:https://www.usaspending.gov/transparency/Pages/RecipientProfile.aspx?DUNSNumber=133541933&FiscalYear=2015
There DUNS number is 133541933 if you want to pay for a report that would give further information.
I've never stated nor even implied that they're failing. My understanding is they're doing quite well right now. Although $2.5 million for 15 employees isn't great, when your product cost beyond staff is very minimal, I'd guess they can make money on that ratio.
I would love to see Flex succeed; I'm not a Flex basher! I love their product! I just don't see that they have what it takes to compete with a company that's a hundred times their size if (and I'd say with the 7300 it's not if but when) they decide to jump into their playground.