I believe Dave McGarvan was hired by Nemetschek from Adobe to do exactly what he is doing now. I would probably surmise that the three original founders resisted Nemetschek’s push to follow the Adobe licensing model for many years and were forced out…they call it a retirement but NOT all three founders would collectively decide for their own personal reasons to retire at the same time. That is highly unlikely. So they were forced out.
I mean during the Siggraph role out, McGarvan could not even clearly articulate the new features (let alone work the slide ware) for more than 3 minutes…he just went right to the licensing. So what does that tell you?
I know the employees still cling to the belief that Maxon has not changed, but I believe the soul of MAXON is lost because leadership sets the moral tone and we now know what McGarvan is all about.