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There is a less cynical version of this that is closer to the truth. Because $bigcorp is big there is proportionately much more money at stake if software suddenly becomes unmaintainable. There are various forms of insurance you can take out against that, but one is definitely "Yes I could pay a really expensive consulting company to front up 5 developers within 24 hours that could diagnose a problem in my code the day after my 3l1te dev team lead quit to join $startup". I am betting you would think this way too if you were in charge of such a team / product. It is a completely logical form of risk management.

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