One of the unique perils of being involved with early-stage companies in San Diego and Vancouver, BC, is that we have to beware of lifestyle immigrants. While it’s nice to see that people want to move to either place for lifestyle reasons, it’s a shitty reason to take a job.
Why? Look at it this way. No sane adult moves to the Bay Area for lifestyle; they move there because they think they can make money. So, while I think it’s nice people like to ski, hike, bike, climb, surf, and golf, I don’t care. I want people who are greedy , competive bastards who would move to Fargo in January to make money, and who don’t know any other way to work than hard. The rest of it is a distraction.
So, ask when interviewing. You’d be amazed at how many people will tell you — upfront — that they’re moving for lifestyle reasons. While they may be the ones wanting to run, you should run away.