This is an idea that’s been floating around in one form or another forever. I think that it might be time for RL to take it seriously: parallel product lines. I don’t just mean 1.x and 2.x (and presumably 3.x, whenever the solid form factor or paste comes out). Rather I mean 1.xa and 1.xb, etc., or 1.5a and 1.5b for what we’ve got now. The “a” and “b” would refer to varieties that are tailored to specialized groups or interests, but that are sizeable enough to make it worth having the variety.
For example, these parallel versions could be regular, gluten free, extra protein, or “low fat.” There could also be flavor varieties, and any number of additional variables. Again, ideas along these lines have been floating around here forever, but I think that Soylent has achieved a level of corporate maturity and production capacity that these ideas can be pursued more concretely. Soylent variants tailored to those with dietary restrictions in particular can open up whole new markets and generate a different kind of perspective on the product and company.
The fact that 1.5 has been the established powder version for as long as it has suggests that they are comfortable with the recipe in general. Rather than working towards a universal overhaul (beyond what they’ve presumably been doing), after 1.6, they might consider having future iterations target different niches. This naturally goes for 2.0 as well. Just a thought.