California Gold Rush

One cannot ignore the motivating power of bonuses that are of the same order of magnitude as annual compensation. While much of corporate America is turning more and more to "egalitarian" compensation structures, other companies strive to tie personal financial rewards tangibly to the market success of the fruits of an individual's labor. The stereotype may actually be true that bonuses and rewards for jobs well done are higher west of the Rockies than elsewhere. While I did not explore this with the Borland crowd, one might imagine that the west coast bonus stereotype extended to the QPW culture. The prospects for such rewards may make it easier for individuals to justify the energy and commitment they must commit to a high-intensity development for it to succeed.
See additional thoughts about this in CompensateSuccess.