Steve ... I certainly enjoyed listening to your ideas and opinions regarding the money that MS is "holding back" for talent that they may capture in the acquisition (rhymes so close to inquisition) of Yahoo. I would just like to reply from experience in the IT business one lemma regarding the art of capturing and retaining "valuable" human resources - in any business.
Lemma: Minimize what you have to pay them in real cash per pay period, maximize the "soft lures" such as stock options, titles, flexible hours, travel, etc., but at recognition time throw them a bone big enough to not reduce their perception of recognition, zeal in their work, and basic performance.
It's a fascinating balance of minimizing risk and expense for the employer, while acquiring and sustaining the maximum amount of talent over a long period of time. The most successful software companies are those with management that have this innate skill.
Thank you again for your PodCast. Very good.
Ed Lyons, Raleigh NC.