"The company spent millions of dollars raised from investors [...] on on-tap kombucha, arcade games and a six-figure salary for its pedigreed chief executive"
CEOs of very early companies that don't have an established business model and are dependent on investors to stay afloat should expect most of their compensation in equity, not salary.
A founding CEO with a family might have other sources of income to rely on, and be able to get away with less.
When the games and snacks disappear or start getting reduced its time to polish the resume
Same thing with snacks. Those of us working sedentary jobs really don't need them. If I want a snack I'll bring something I actually like from home.
To your point Offices are for work I simply call bullshit. Every office in the valley is a damn open floor plan and the antithesis of productivity
"No it's not, it's an inanimate object..."