Soylent promised another update this week in their last blog post. I suppose today is Saturday — not precisely the end of the week — but my hunch is they’ve missed another self-imposed deadline.
It’s also troubling to me that they’ve set a new expectation regarding the taste: “amazing,” according to a recent tweet. Worth the delays! Maybe so, but for a company that consistently misses deadlines, I would be careful about setting that high a bar. Many of the reviews, and reactions to various DIY tests, say Soylent is not great. (And that’s okay — taste isn’t the only factor for a lot of people.)
I think if Soylent actually ships a product of this sort, for this price, that tastes “amazing,” they’ll be on to something. But I’m pretty skeptical that’s the reality.
I really worry that this company has an issue with communications, planning, and expectations. My personal choice is to request a refund, wait for them to ship, read reviews of the final project, and then consider purchasing. I love the concept of backing, but once a company has major venture funding, and after they’ve broken the trust of at least this backer, I no longer feel obligated to support them financially. They won’t really miss my ~$130.
I’m really discouraged by my own post. I have issues eating and was hoping Soylent could be part of the solution — but more than anything, I just like seeing young companies succeed. I hope they find some better management and come out on top in the end.