I realize you are in the startup phase now, and so it probably makes sense for you to put any surplus funds into growth rather than donating now.

Yep, that's what we've been doing. (We've been providing free MealSquares to some EA organizations, but we haven't been donating a significant portion of our profits directly.)

Once you finish with your growth phase, about what percent of your net proceeds do you expect to donate?

At least 10%, hopefully significantly more.

What sorts of EA charities are you interested in?

We've been trying to focus on growing our business rather than evaluating EA giving opportunities. If we actually do make a lot of money to donate, it will make sense to spend a lot of time thinking about where to give it. And we'll try & focus on identifying opportunities that we have a comparative advantage in (opportunities that are more suited to large donors, like funding a new organization from scratch).

I'm not exactly sure why, but for some reason the idea of people buying our product because we are EAs makes me uncomfortable. I would much rather people buy it because it's good for you, convenient, tasty, etc. As you point out, we are less than 10% more expensive on a per-calorie basis than jug form Soylent. Would you say that you are not interested in paying more for a healthier product, not convinced that MealSquares is better for you, something else?

the idea of people buying our product because we are EAs makes me uncomfortable.

In retrospect, I think that would make me uncomfortable too. In your position, I'd probably feel like I'd delivered an ultimatum to someone else, even if they were the one who actually made the suggestion. On the other hand, maybe a deep feeling of obligation to charity isn't a bad thing?

Would you say that you are not interested in paying more for a healthier product, not convinced that MealSquares is better for you, something else?

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