The point I am making is that the fanboys need to quit blaming credit card processors for the issue of hold backs. The principals at Eve had to have signed the agreements where this would have been clearly spelled out. Anyone with business acumen would have known this. Also, this is why good business legal counsel should be employed to look over all contracts and agreements not matter how seemingly trivial. The only people to blame for the current situation are the principals at Eve. Hopefully, they can resolve the issue. Alas, I fear an influx of money is the only solution.
With that comes change Anyone willing to put in the millions US that they need will want something in return. No longer will Eve be the seemingly socially responsible crowdfunded startup. Unless they find the rare socially responsible white knight investor, any investor is going to want a good return on the investment. There was never any chance Eve was going to be more than a niche player. The only chance they have or had was to be like their plan produce product when paid for. But I think they found that wasn’t as easy to do as they thought. The economies of scale work against them. Though intuitively a small company should be more nimble, the lack of R&D, engineering and support functions are a huge liability going forward. At best the V will be a one off and even that looks poorly implemented.
I loved the whole idea until I did the research and put on my businessman’s cap and analyzed the whole idea and process. 30 years ago I was involved in a similar movement, of which only Dell Computer seems to have hit it huge and survived(though with quite a few ups and downs).