VIScorp can't deal effectively with Phase 5 or Pios until it defines
a mission for the Amiga. You can't know how Phase 5 or Pios fits into a
plan until you have a plan. VIScorp needs to think about it's core business.
What are the future needs of the set top box technology?
Voice recognition? Expanding the set top box concept to include home
security, or even home automation functions? All these things will require
hardware/software advancements that the Amiga computer will need to be the
test bed for. Viewed from that perspective then you can go to Pios & Phase 5,
and say "This is where we are going, we want to know how you can help us,
and how we can help you in return". Business has to be a win win deal for
all parties, but VIScorp can't know how companies can mutually profit until
they know where they are headed themselves.
If you had to pick on thing that killed HighToro, CBM, and Escom, I think
you could make a good case for NOT BEING ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT
WHAT BUSINESS THEY WERE IN! There is nothing wrong with the set top box
as a starting point for a new Amiga inspired technology. So lets cut the
*and start makeing some money! There is nothing like money comming
in the door to get everyone focused on a common objective. After deciding
what business they are in and finalizing the purchase of the Amiga
technology, the bigest priority has to be to get some product (any product)
out the door and in the stores. You have to stop being a startup company
sometime. Wowing the investors is best done with solid sales figures not
glowing stories of pie in the sky by and by.