I have been a part of 4 startups. 3 of them were very well funded, over 10 million. Only one of the 4 ventures was successful. I have had other experiences with small companies and large, a few in the process of building something new, but none that qualify as startups.
I was going to go into a long epistle about what I learned specifically from each instance, but I don't want to bore all of us. All I think I want to say is if there was one thing I can take from that experience is that the success of the one was because the creators of the product (and everyone involved) had the least experience and the highest stakes. It also had the most successful backer: a multi-billion dollar Forbes 400 private corporation, where the founder was still the man in charge, 51% his stock and the rest amongst his employees. It was listed in the top 100 places to work more than a handful of times before the Founder passed away (mysteriously, I've often wondered if it was political, but I digress).
What I learned from that place, the first startup experience, was probably why the entire company was so successful. That maintaining a passion for the vision of the project is first and foremost. This was done by keeping an atmosphere of trust between management (the founders, funders in this case) and the people responsible for the project. Not that the management had to trust the crew, but that the crew had to be able to trust management. To be able to communicate everything Openly with management in order for management to provide everything, Including a Reasonable Amount of Time, to complete the tasklisk in order to meet a Passionate Goal. The atmosphere was one of failure after failure after failure, without fear that killed the passion and the ability to think endlessly for solutions to the problems that always arise when you're in unexplored territory learning from scratch. It was very encouraging, even toasting a failed million dollar experiment, and Moving On ... what did we learn. There is a difference between an employee that is allowed to hold on to his passion and runs as fast as possible at will at being the best, and one that is so stressed out and schedule-whipped that their brains lose focus enough that they no longer have bandwidth to solve passionate problems. This same corporations leadership had a habit of funding Olympic athletes.
I believe that Pimax was started by people that are passionate about VR. And skilled and mature enough to get to market already with something that has a better vision than Oculus Rift and the Vive. They are the ones who came up with the full field of vision HMD (and decided that it needed 8k pixels across to do it right, without a screen door). The vision is there. That is why I am here. I think it's why you are too. I don't think any pressure from external sources are going to improve the pace, because they have internal passion for a vision already ... and pressure doesn't help anyways ... really not at all ... it destroys abilities, not enhances.
What I can tell you about the other 3 experiences is that they could have just as easily succeeded, but the passion wasn't allowed to be held by the crew. It was constantly usurped by the managers, the owners. The vision was clouded by people who didn't need to dream about the project nightly. Eat, sleep, and dream.
Yes it's stressful to hand over $700 or $1500 bucks and watch someone go off into the distance with it and not say much. But these guys have already hit one out of the park. No the 4k model isn't perfect. The screens aren't that great. The BE is really nice though, but I bet they could only get so many of those. And they Are made well. That's all I needed to see to believe that the 8k is going to be the love child we all want to adore.
As part of these 4 startups, and having worked in manufacturing, research, and development, I know that the words they are choosing to describe their growing pains are genuine, straight out of the lexicons of those who are experimenting and doing it with the production line. They are not faking this. They are not that far away folks. They have said nothing wrong, many here just don't understand what was said.
I am still fairly confident that Pimax will deliver.
Somebody said putting the customer first is the best management philosophy. I'm sorry, but not if you are on the production floor. You have to treat your employees like the most important customer. They can really screw you over if they are not happy customers. And you won't even see it coming cause you're not looking the right way.