Are you so sure about his honesty, that you would pay him your 2000BTC fee upfront, if you would have the money?
Can i answer that as well? You know i put a lot of confidence in him,but this is exactly why i wouldn't pay him that amount of BTC upfront. The Beekeeper i know,wouldn't ask for anything upfront in this situation.It wouldn't make sense.Maybe it is a bit naive,but a wise man once wrote: "Trust is earned". He earned my trust with his past behaviour before the hack and with that the benefit of the doubt..
The problem is, a ponzi operator would do all he can to build trust to trick people into the scheme.
Everything is fine until it collapses, it's just 1 little moment where he have to be an asshole.
If you go 1000 steps back and view the whole thing from far away, you see that there is a guy who sells products which seem too good to be true (without any proves), is nice to his customers, and someday, he stops paying for 6 months.
This fits perfectly in the behavior of a ponzi scheme.
On the other hand he is credible through his proven skills in this field and a working real product.
Do you remember how Josh Garza said, selling physical products was just to build trust?