I believe the se suggestions could improve gameplay.
for me the game runs to fast, another one or two levels on the gamespeed button would really be helpful to early game.
tutorials could place more emphasis on the importance of placement of storage units.
some sort of money reserve system in the early game would really help to resolve the money hemorrhage by allowing the player to pause and examine the financial situation before the money is completely bled away.
player ship trading is confusing!