They did it! They actually did it. They spent $30m to win a $10m prize, but an amazing precedent has been set. A small team of eccentrics with incredible talent and a tight budget proved that space exploration doesn't require a million-man agency with a trillion dollar budget.
This parable translates to the software industry as well. The similarity to my current situation is almost comical. My current company (small, cheap, and successful) compared to my last company (big, expensive, stagnant) is night and day. Companies can grow so big and so bureaucratic that they can no longer get anything done. Sometimes it takes a small, talented, ambitious, and focused team to shake things up a little.