I’ve been browsing Offscreen Magazine (which is great by the way, you should get a copy) and something Drew Wilson said in one of the feature interviews resonated so much I thought I’d share. He’s answering why he hasn’t been snatched up by one of the big companies in Silicon Valley.

In the end what I value most about what I do is freedom. No company can offer that, and what they try to supplement it with is nowhere near as good as the real thing.

Andrew Wilkinson of MetaLab – answering more or less the same question – says the same thing in his interview.

I get to wake up every day and build cool things with insanely talented people. Nobody can tell me what do do, I value that more than anything.

There are definitely times in which working at a well-funded startup or larger company seems like a cold glass of water amidst the freelancing desert. I never rule it out completely, and I don’t whatsoever discount the personal and professional benefits from working amongst an insanely talented group of people, but complete professional freedom is a hard thing to trade in once you’ve experienced it.