I may be mistaking, Ronlaw, but I don't believe that that is mentioned in the proposed concept whatsoever. Everyone has access to everything, and as fast as everyone else. The only true difference is that the kind gentleman, who does all the dirty work whilst you sit back in your easy-chair, is willing to offer more of his time to a particular project (be it a plug-in, or what-have-you, OR a feature in the Q2A core that enough people want to have changed)
So, NO, no one should have early access to anything, and they wouldn't - ever! Simply think of it as the ability to subvert not have to contact Scott personally and pay for him to work, let's say, five (5) EXTRA hours a day, to get a special plug-in or feature completed a little sooner! And, contrary to what he will probably tell you, to keep such a knowledgeable integral person able (in the long term) to keep contributing to this free OS project. There should be no conflict of interests involved, and if there (hypothetically) were, we could very easily call 'him' on it. No?