Google is reported paid top product managers Sundar Pichai and Neal Mohan $50 million and $100 million, respectively, to keep them from taking the top product jobs Twitter just gave to cofounder Jack Dorsey and Satya Patel.
Multiple sources close to Twitter have said that someone with access to Twitter's most confidential information, such as who they are interviewing for key executive spots, may be leaking that information directly to Google. In this case, Google may have acted on that information too quickly. And people at Twitter, say these sources, are steaming mad, TechCrunch reported.
"There's lots to say about the statement Google is making with these counteroffers. "Don't mess with us," comes to mind. As well as "If you're a Google employee and you aren't out interviewing at Facebook, Twitter or Zynga you are a moron."
Regardless, the fact that large fortunes are being handed out to mid level technical managers is somewhat of a red flag in general. That kind of money is usually reserved for founders of companies that make it to IPO. Actually, most IPO founders make substantially less than that.
"Much of the discussion at Twitter meetings throughout the past six months revolved around dealing with Google and Facebook. In a March 13, 2009 management meeting, for example, during a discussion of a search deal with Google, the fear is expressed that "Google would kick our ass at finding the good tweet." But almost immediately afterwards, someone asks, "Can we do to Google what Google has done to others?"