What I consider to be highlights from Rob Rhinehart’s AMA on Reddit, 6/19/15
Regarding digestion issues some people have:
"It may be the potassium gluconate. We’ve heard complaints about that and are moving away from that in the next version.
Are they developing a solid verison of Soylent?
“Solid form factor is coming along great actually. I had some yesterday. So good.
A solid form would be nicely portable and convenient but you wouldn’t want to chew something bland so we’re putting in more taste and flavor.”
“We plan to stick with a relatively consistent nutritional base but we do plan to release different flavors and form factors, as well as easier ways to flavor it yourself.”
When will they lower the price?
“It is a primary goal. We’ve reached huge company milestones in only a year: product improvements, real time fulfillment, international expansion, but I am personally disappointed that we have not yet lowered the price.
I see price reductions as a primary goal, but demand is really strong right now and we can use the money to invest more in R&D. Still, I don’t see what we want to do on the research side as being crazy expensive and I would like to pass on our cost savings to customers sooner rather than later.”
“Vending machines? Definitely. Airports are the first target.
And yes there are plans for flavor mix ins.”
Canola vs sunflower oil:
“It was taste and nutrition. Our canola oil has high omega-3s (ALA) which we wanted to increase and sunflower has a bit of an off taste that was difficult to mask.”