Last year, we began working with a local group whose founder/president I had known for a few years previously. I won’t name them.
We have a real need for capital. The company is self funded, and this means we fund all purchases out of our own pocket, or from our own lines of credit. And in some cases, being a small business, from my credit card (Lesson one in how to give a spouse a coronary: put a large purchase on a personal credit card … you know, 5 or more digits before the decimal point).
Their mission was to help us construct a package to help investors understand what we had to offer, and how we were going to proceed. I’ll be honest, it was hard dealing with them (not the investors, but the company), as they didn’t “get it” and spent more of my time and effort and money arguing with me over things they shouldn’t have, rather than doing a quality job on the packet.
So several months into the project, we are down all the money we put in, and have no real work product that we can take to investors to try to raise capital. What was returned to me were, honestly, warmed over versions of bits I provided them. My expectations had been set, by them, that I would see something in nearly final form 2 months before I pulled the plug.
Our siCluster storage cluster, currently running Lustre 1.8.2 on Centos 5.4 is attached to the #77 system on the top500 supercomputer list