"The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us - especially as we
couldn't convince them that dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving
us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space. "
On this point i couldn't agree more. I've started doing some work in the mobile space with some friends and the potential for innovation is huge. Add to the fact that a maginitide more people will be able to access mobile clients (such as phones) than even Google brings to its web site, makes the best ideas even more exciting.
It must be hard to leave one of the most innovative companies in the world and start again, but it does help me justify the work i do and the fact i haven't taken a safe job. Fitting in is hard to do i guess, especially when they don't think like you (i guess that's why the enrpreneurs are often the first to be offloaded in a buy out!).