Again you are taking liberties with use of language. Venture capital has a very expressed use...investment funds with the expressed purpose of a significant return on investment. That return is a financial return, not a radio. You can twist it, posture, dress it up any way you like and even take it out on a date, but you are wrong.
I am not twisting it at all. The "bad" thing about venture capital is investor want a return making it a loan of sort with interest and then some. By seeking big deposits for your products you as raising capital for your "venture" still only using a different venue which is interest free. Even if you change your mind later they still used your money in their "venture" interest free. Who would not like a interest free loan?
Again, you continue to be disparaging of a company without having any solid information about their finances, product management, development processes, etc. Maybe they are strapped for cash, maybe not. You can think what you want, but you don't know.
Their actions show that of a company strapped for cash. I could be wrong but I think Flex's early hey days are well behind it and it is a sink or swim situation. Being that they are privately held they can hide balance sheet. Lexis Nexis shows 3 full time employees.
Maybe there's a reason Kenwood gave away 15 TS-590s. Maybe Flex doesn't have to. Yes, could be cash related, but then maybe not. Again, you don't know. By the way, how many Icom IC-7410s did Icom give away? How many Yaesu FT-2000s did Yaesu give away? Speaking of Yaesu and the FT-2000, here is a great example of a huge electronics company doing an incredibly lousy job with the design and implementation of their 3KHz roofing filter. Refused to acknowledge the problem. Yet, a couple of guys led by AC0C had the drive and ambition to develop an aftermarket solution using a Network Sciences filter.
Yes there is a reason they do not give anything away, it is call MONEY. They cannot afford it. Giving away product is great PR specifically if they are good products. If you have a buggy or flaw product by design you would not want free one out there giving you a bad name
How many complaints have I heard about other rigs compared to the Flex? Spend a few minutes with the FT-2000 Yahoo Group and the FTDX-9000 Yahoo Group. In both instances these rigs were close to being complete trash until (a) Yaesu finally came out with a major firmware upgrade for the FT-2000 (took a couple of years, but then again they're a big electronics company) and (b) the FTDX-9000 series went through major hardware and software upgrades under the threat of lawsuits and Motorola's instance the corrections being done (again after several years of user complaints, but then again they're a big electronics company)..
You will find no other radio with such a "colorful" and troubled line. Yaesu or Icom or even Kenwood may of had a few models with issues over the years but not their whole line of radios. Flex's software kinda reminds me of old Windows Me. Lot of eye candy but never worked as promised.
There are no rose colored classes worn here. Again, Flex and Flex radios have their issues like those from any other manufacturer. I go back to my repeated statement that one doesn't have to spend big bucks for a big radio to have good receiver specs.
Again flex radio has issue that not other brand experience in magnitude or frequency. They are VERY RFI prone and software buggy. Which other radio brands are so RFI sensitive or computer dependent and can suddenly lockup and reboot? You cannot compare them to the other major brands because they do not have these problems.
You and I have taken this thread way off topic. Maybe it's time to give it a rest.
It started when someone tried to put Flex in same league as Kenwood....