Vega+ Shipping Dates
- End of September 2016
- October 2016
- In time for Xmas 2016
- February 2017
- A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
- Summer 2017
- 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
- Mid October 2017
- April 2018
- May 8th - 12th 2018
- May 12th 2018
- May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
- June 15th 2018
- July 6th 2018
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Rumours abound that Janko Mrsic-Flogel is using one Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign after another in a domino type of scheme whereby each campaign pays for the next one and so on down the chain. Like any pyramid scheme, this only works until the chain is broken and the whole thing crashes down.
Janko Mrsic-Flogel, the castle owning, fun loving, VAT avoiding businessman who was recently found to have been in from the start on the plot to steal backers ZX Vega+ money, has a very colourful history in business. Multiple companies Janko has run have had to call in the liquidators and/or receivers, according to the companies house official records (check out the last part of this list) and he clearly has a long history of folding companies without paying the various creditors, from individual investors, to banks, Janko doesn't care who he takes money from - it's all fair game to him. With the ultimatum irony he himself (working with Levy and Martin) conspired to wind up Retro Computers Limited to hide their embezzlement of the backers funds.
Janko also has a pretty poor record on crowd-funding. Once he got on what he clearly perceived as David Levy and Suzanne Martin's Indiegogo gravy train, he thought he would have a go himself.
Janko and his companies had heading for £100,000 of backer money to create what they confirmed to backers was all new and much improved firmware for the Vega+ than Chris Smith had created for the original Vega. What Janko actually did was a very poor rip of the public domain Spectrum emulator FUSE and put it in less than 100 units which a handful of backers received and it was universally panned as complete rubbish.
Many thousands of pounds of ZX Vega+ backer money was paid to Therefore Design Ltd – who strangely are confirmed to have designed the Gemini device, but no proof has been offered to explain what part they played in alternating Rick Dickinson's completed designs for the ZX Vega Plus for which they were allegedly paid over £19,000 to do, or if they were responsible for the final ZX Vega Plus they should hang their heads in shame if reviews are anything to go by or shall we all presume in fact the Vega money was actually to design the Gemini for Janko?
For a change, the Gemini PDA project has actually been delivered but when it is considered that Janko has had close to £2,000,000 given to him for this project alone yet had to delver only just over 7000 units of the Gemini to backers, yet if the comments section of backers is to be believed many are totally underwhelmed at the externally poor quality of the device which apparently has many broken hinges, broken screens, and other issues with backer comments such as -
Do not forget Janko paid Chris Merriman to lie and shill for the Gemini campaign as well as the ZX Vega+ campaign.
The Cosmo Communicator campaign alone has given income to Janko and his companies of currently around £1,200,000 – and yet after more than six months since campaign launch, it is still at the prototype stage, despite the legacy that should have rolled over from the Gemini campaign. Only time will tell if this product ever gets delivered.
Backer comments include the following:
The Paymo Disaster
The Paymo was a spectacular failure which raised less than £10,000 (only 6% of the total amount asked for) and never got off the ground. Will the failure of this latest project mean the Cosmo Communicator never becomes a reality? If the rumours are true, Janko Mrsic-Flogel is using project A’s income to pay for project B in the same way David Levy robbed Peter to pay Paul for his projects. Tick tock!
Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos
Confirmation of the shilling that went on from certain individuals during this absolute scandal. What a disgrace!
Well it seems justice has prevailed for once and no surprises there to be honest what a ridiculous bit of behaviour !
"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."
— RCL (15/02/2016)
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- Prototypes made: ~100-200 ✔