Hello Makers of Soylent,
I’ve been following your work since the very beginning. I even emailed right away so I could become a test subject. I love the goals of Soylent and I want Soylent for the very same reasons it was inspired to be created - efficiency.
I care about nutrition. I care about my health. I value my time. I value optimal physical, emotional, and mental performance.
I do not value dining, cooking, or eating other than for recreation. I do not like how much time is consumed buying, prepping, cooking, eating, and cleaning. I do not like how much it costs in time and money to get quality optimal nutrition.
I’ve been anxiously waiting for Soylent to be released along with the thousands of supporters behind Soylent. I’ve been reading all the blog posts and I’m beginning to feel that you’ve lost the plot.
Your original crowd-funding page indicated that you would be releasing a working formula in August. It’s now October and everyone is still waiting.
While, I can appreciate your trying to accommodate the broadest set of customers, it’s not what got me excited about Soylent initially. I am not Vegan. I am not Vegetarian. Most of the people who funded your operation are not as well.
Please produce Soylent that is nutritionally optimal and cost-effective that will work for the majority market. If you want to make a Soylent for vegans some time in the future, that’s awesome. But, that is not what you sold all your backers. You sold us optimal efficient nutrition that would be available in August.
Now, I understand that there will be delays. I’m sure many of us expected that. But to delay your primary customer base so you can modify the formula (and potentially compromise the nutritional and cost efficiency) to accommodate a micro-minority of the population is being completely irresponsible to the people who originally backed the project based on the original stated goals.
Please, if you’re going to read the forums, do so with respect to the promises made in your initial crowd-funding campaign. It’s unproductive to change course based on a minority who speak loudly about what they want, while you neglect the huge and patient majority that made everything you’re working on possible.
Now I realize that it’s probably too late to change the formula again because that would probably cause further delays, but I do hope you get back to your original mission and aspirations - feeding the world optimal nutrition that’s cost-efficient.
After you’re done with this vegan formula, I hope you still continue research and create a Soylent formula that contains the most optimal cost-efficient nutritional profile that will work great for the majority of the population.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I have nothing against vegans and vegetarians, so please save your flames. I just want what was originally promised.