Yes I have to say that this is a very valid claim and has happened a few times.
The main reason I remember why @dallyshalla left was because he really took it to heart when Mr. @dirvine said "launch by New York" (referencing an upcoming conference). And was very let down.
There have been a few occasions over the years (maybe more than I even know, since I've only been here 2 to 3 of the 10 years MaidSafe has been around) that have been very much like this.
Either there has been a real disconnect over time between him and the devs on the progress, or maybe trying to tell us what we want to hear (I know what that pressure feels like, it's strong), or something.
Or what he meant by "New York" was the testnet launch? Which yes, eventually did happen.
This is something I don't think I've really mentioned, but always wondered, as its been a bit of a pattern I've observed.
It's interesting that you bring this up @T824601 , and there are many honest answers to it though. I'm definitely not implying that anyone has been dishonest but I wouldn't mind someone with more knowledge than me chiming in!