Hi @lukestokes - I don't know if Dan/Ned will see this post and/or reply, but I will suggest that the premise of them cashing out for their own personal gain is probably wrong.
I know they are hiring for several new Steemit Inc. positions, and they already have several employees on the books. I also suspect that since they are doing Steem/it stuff 24x7, they probably don't have other jobs, and might need something to pay for food, rent, etc.
I know when there is silence, it is easy to speculate in the negative direction, but it is just as easy to think of good reasons behind what they are doing too :)
I know we are all concerned about the price. My personal theory is that it will probably take 1-2 more years for the site to be improved, before we really start to see some serious investments coming in.
In the meantime, I suggest we enjoy the ride, and make the most of what is here :)