Whitey - 9:22 pm on Nov 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think creative freedom would be the driver.
Money would be consequential otherwise he wouldn't have elected to live in Sydney which is much more egalitarian than other places in the world. The fact that he complains about moving to the Valley says this.
But the desire to work amongst a smaller team also stood out. Google seems to be way too restricitve and impersonal according to him, seemingly growing into a mega corporate with an indication of a fair degree of business inertia in non core areas. A classic super growth company i guess.
Interestingly, another senior person quit in Sydney as well which was separately reported - there were similar reasons given : [smh.com.au...]