Well, I was going to re-iterate that Lightning is a tiny company and has to make tough choices, but in a search to see if I could find just how many employees they have, I came across some reviews on Glassdoor. For those who aren't familiar, Glassdoor is a site where employees can review their employers for the benefit of jobseekers. Typically a company with 10-20 employees (which is where I'm guessing Lightning falls) will have no reviews, or maybe one. There are seven on Glassdoor, and all but one are terrible. (You can only see one preview without a Glassdoor account. Easy sign-up.) Without going into details, the overall impression is one of a very dickish attitude of management toward employees, unreasonable demands, low wages, an overuse of "intern" job titles to further suppress wages, a willingness to pay employees late, a heavy reliance on entry-level people in talent positions, very high turnover (the sharpest people are gone), etc. One could argue that employees are free to choose who they do or don't work for, but I see two major issues here - it's hard to make good product when you have, not just an adversarial relationship with your employees, but an apparently hostile one. And there were a couple of references that suggest unreasonable demands had a negative effect on the design of the product. If you're going to look into this yourself (and I suggest anyone considering a Strike do so), see the reviews, interviews and openings. There are useful indications in all those places. The reviews all date from a pre-Strike-development time, but the Strike is an enormous undertaking for such a small company. Things can only be worse now. In a previous post I suggested that I'm qualified to lead an east coast distribution/warranty/service operation for Lightning. It would be very hard to convince me to do that now. To be fair, the Glassdoor reviews of Zero are not stellar either, but significantly better. Many of the same challenges, but the difference seems to be in the attitude of management. Small companies doing big things are going to be stressed in many ways. From the reviews of the two companies, it appears Lightning is much more willing to add to the stress with dickish behavior. That is rarely a good indicator for success. For me, this means I will not consider a Strike until it has generated enough owner experience reporting to determine that the design is not compromised and that dealing with Lightning is an overall positive experience. I am still cautiously optimistic, but much more cautious and less optimistic.