You will get more answers by looking at his career than looking at just the time he courted bitshares. Real reasons you will never see, only the ones he would like you too. As it would be with any courtship gone bad.
I think it's good he is doing his own thing now, and hope he does well and gives us some 'real' competition.
He is a very good orator in this space, which is what gives him the prominence in the media eye.
The better than bitshares commentary though would give you some indication about who is who to watch for in this space and who is aspiring to become better than in his own estimation.
After Monday though.. I think the idea of 'better than bitshares' in context to where we are now, and what will be revealed Monday.. will be like comparing the better horse and buggy he is trying to best to our flying Delorian time machine fueled by freedom.
On a side note.. I am not a big fan of forum discussions about specific people. It provides a platform for bad things to happen and potentially hurt reputations with unfounded remarks from trolls. You might know something that Ken.