It's funny -- I went back through this thread and read the whole thing, and boy did I not know what the fuck I was doing/getting into when I first started this process. And I'm sure I'll be saying the same thing again six months down the road.
Still, I have to say, for anyone thinking about striking out on their own -- do it if you have the opportunity. This has been a tremendous time for learning, growth, and experience. Honestly, I was in pretty bad straits, mental-health-wise, when I first moved back to LA a year ago, and this project has largely been responsible for pulling me out of my worst moments. It's taught me that I can work hard with only internal motivation, I've learned tremendously about finance and running a business (although obviously still a total novice in an absolute sense), and I'm proud of myself and my co-founders for the dedication and follow-through we've demonstrated.
All in all, it's been a pretty life-affirming experience that has really boosted my confidence and happiness, and I think has taught me a lot (including how much I still have to learn).
And through it all, this thread has actually been a genuinely nice, supportive place, and I'm thankful for all the interest and support you guys have shown.