We are well aware of the interest of big companies in individuals with talent, but when the competition is intense, standing out is a challenge. Even, if you had supported an organization that wasn't too pleased by the bigger company (Apple and Cydia), hard and innovative works eventually pay off:

Samsung hires Cyanogen Dev

Apple had hired Peter Hajas who created Notification system found in Cydia

A thread to stimulate a bit of motivation for current and future devs on this forum