I’d like to take the opportunity to analyze and respond to Dave’s post, line-by-line:
“Windy Skies shut down the AWE Prognosis topic just as Olivier asked about kPower staffing.”
*** I feel for you on having your posts censored, which was a maajor problem when you and Joe Faaust were running “the most open forum”.
“Here is the answer prevented from posting,”
*** How do YOU like being prevented from posting after taking the time to share your thoughts?
“as a kPower company development issue.”
*** This is where we get into the “legend in your own mind” issue. “Company development”? The only “company” I see is like “we’re having company over for dinner” - a few guys fooling around flying kites and posting on the internet. Any results yet? Any power generated after 12 years? What I do NOT see is any organized business or research entity, with no products, no peer-reviewed research, no airborne wind energy solutions resulting, after 12 years of online claims of being the top AWE research outfit in the world.
kPower has never yet had a payroll, its all been sweat equity, professional work on speculation.”
*** Professional work means people being paid, earning a living from the work.
“I remember being just as mystified about WoW Italian analysts, that they were not familiar with this typical “American style” venture start-up model.”
*** After 12 years of no results, a perpetual “startup”? By the way, forget the Italians - nothing to see there either.
“The wide kPower circle is seen in countless videos and posts over many years. For example, the video just shared on the student project topic was made and hosted by my biz partner, Ed Sapir, with years of hard work on all kPower aspects.”
*** Wait a minute: “biz parter”? What “business”? A “business” that makes no money, where nobody gets paid? What do you mean by “biz”? More deceptive posturing it appears to me. (You gotta watch this guy’s every often-deceptive word.) So one of you made a video of some students. I thought you had a “company”, a “biz”, and “development”. Where are the results? Where is the product? Where is the power generated?
“Joe Faust, a key kPower person, is a member of this Forum.”
*** Exactly what I am talking about: pretending or implying Joe has developed any AWE solutions, pretending that merely being registered on a forum is some noteworthy accomplishment. It is circular reasoning to say kPower is doing anything, or that having one’s name mentioned as a “key kPower person” represents an accomplishment, then saying kPower is noteworthy because of name association with these same people. I go back to the main question: What results has kPower attained in 12 years?
“The core circle is small in number,”
*** Core circle - implying kPower is some huge conglomerate
" but talented and persistent."
*** Persistent in what? Entertaining yourselves? What meaningful results have been achieved in 12 years?
“2019 132m2 kite testing on the Texas Coast was four of us.”
*** Ah back to the same four people. Results? Any power generated?
“The wide circle of professional collaborators over the years is very large, with many national and international figures.”
*** You mean like the “Moab Monkeys”? I recall you telling us years ago (all “accomplishments” are “in the future”) how you would soon be collaborating with them so they could have fun climbing around on your vast arrays of airborne wind energy apparatus. Where is it? Where are they? Where is anything you promise? Seems to me you just imagine anyone you run across or talk to as a “member”(?) of your “company”(?) but then it all disappears like vanishing vaporware.
“Starting in 2007, kPower can document more co-workers and collaborators than almost all AWE ventures.”
*** Yup, anyone you talk to. “kPower” - the most powerful force in the universe! A legend in your own mind. With supposedly more people than every other effort, can you show us any results yet?
“Our mentor list includes some of the greatest figures in kites; if quite elderly, still with us all the way.”
*** Nice. “Greatest”… “Legendary”… “Visionary”… You talk to kite people. Do you have any results yet, after 12 years of this talk?
“kPower’s community was built from Drachen Foundation and KiteShip’s circle, with major presence in the nearby early Makani circle, and many other players.”
*** “Circle” after “circle”… What have you accomplished?
“Hidden behind the PR glare of Makani and AWEurope players, ours is a quietly expanding global kite-pro AWE community, with active direct communications between dozens of major figures in kites and applicable engineering fields.”
*** Wow that sounds impressive. “Major figures”… “global”… “pro”… “community”… What is your most noteworthy project? What results have all these supposedly-combined people achieved?
“By the way, folks, the legendary AWE visionary, Wayne German, is back in contact.”
*** Oh boy here we go again, your “final answer”, your “ace-in-the-hole” trump card with the fake credentials you provide. “Back in contact”? After how long? Why were you out of contact if he is such a key player and kPower is so noteworthy? Exactly what “legend” are we talking about here? Who, besides you calls Wayne “legendary”? I’d love to hear all about such an impressive “legend”. Any links you could provide? What “vision” of Wayne’s has made the most difference in AWE? What “vision” of Waynes has kPower developed?
“We worked together the summer of 2007, as KiteMotor1 took shape,”
*** And this experiment was meaningful because…? With such “legendary” and “visionary” supposed aerospace talent as input, KiteMotor1 made how many Watts?
“and he continued to collaborate when KiteLab Portland transitioned to KiteLab Ilwaco.”
*** Oh yeah, KiteLab-this, Kitelab-that. Legendary. In your own mind. Then you moved, so the legend gets a new name? I get confused between “KiteLab” and kPower" What’s the difference?
“Payroll never came up,”
*** What happened to “professioal”?
“but lots of visionary AWES ideas did.”
*** Everyone gets ideas. What have you done with any of them? Interesting how you yourself once again use the term “visionary”. Anyone else you can point to who shares that opinion? What are kPower’s results from such “visionary” input?
“Its takes a serious but loving work community to advance greatly.”
*** “Loving”…nice touch Dave. OK so what advances have you made in 12 years? Any significant power generated yet? Any products? Any AWE solutions developed?
“I personally would not be anything in AWE without so much great collaboration.”
*** Huh? What are you in AWE, at this point, besides a lot of hot air? Where is your most impressive AWE work? How much power has it generated? Where are your working AWE solutions? What have you or “kPower” actually accomplished in 12 years?
“Someday kPower can have its payroll.”
*** I guess we’re back to all accomplishments being perpetually in the future. How about this for a slogan: “kPower is about to revolutionize wind energy, and always will be”? After 12 years, making a single dime is still “someday”. No products, no power, no solutions. Still all “in the future”… But I thought you were the world’s leading AWE researcher?
“Meanwhile, its an avoidable expense and distraction”
*** True - if you have nothing to develop, why waste everyone’s time and money on nothing?.