I think the key point was diverted from. The employees aren't doing what they want anymore, so some stable "we can always get acquihired by google again when we fail" startup is attractive. As employee 3, they will walk away with a huge 0.5% of the exit while the founders walk away with 35% each.
how mouthy I was when I was 24
Welcome to The Bay Area: where self worth is measured by frat-like posturing and manipulation to level up at any cost.