Startups have a mission to create something meaningful; a product or service that translates long hours into disrupting an industry and serving its customers well. Agencies, on the [other] hand tend to focus on pleasing the client, with little or no desire from individuals to innovate or push the boundaries of what is possible.
From an interview with designer/artist/soul searcher Elle Luna:
So I was using Uber all the time in San Francisco, even though I hated the design. And then I went to the Crunchies awards ceremony and at a post-ceremony event, where I was in a ball gown, I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis…
And then there was the kid who tried to do this at CP+B and got canned. This is a SF dreamer scenario.