Good post.  I was writing mine while you posted yours and didn't get to read it first.  I agree with everything you wrote.  I especially like the idea of enticing a big brother by getting our foot in the door with the OE interface and/or some kind of optical cable.  This would not only make funding a non-issue (no more SBIRs required), but it would offer some protection from a premature bid for the whole shot.  Not that I am against selling the company, but lets let the fruit ripen before we pick it!