Think about what they are building... It must cost the same amount as a small country's gdp for many years, so, for all extents and purposes, they have all the funds necessary for anything they can come up with themselves. So, they, by themselves, are not limited by funds. So, we can see that Lakshata is generally quicker at improvements, but in pure genius/creative genius they seem to be evenly matched: Llyod: Flight, Replicating Hadron Cannon independantly or Lak, w/e the fuck that core thingy is; Lak: HC first, That hand thingy, replicating Flight.
Therefore, they are relatively evenly matched give or take a bit since we haven't seen their entire careers.
This leads us to non-technology related issues: personality. Lakshata seems pretty shallow as a character -- she's interested in mystery, power, and enjoys being on edge or suprised. LLoyd on the other hand is a fucking effete weirdo who can't express his emotions in any coherent or meaningful way. Essentially he's a btard on drugs -- estrogen. Lakshata is boring; Lyod is annoying, and sometimes entertaining. That's pretty much even.
Then we come to looks. Need I say more? THe only thing that could be done for improvement is...*look at picture*