One of my favorite design bloggers Cameron Moll just posted helpful links to resources for those of you tasked with changing the default SharePoint look and feel.
If I was going to leave MS and start a company, I probably would start a SharePoint consulting company. From everything I'm seeing, the SharePoint business is taking off like a rocket. My guess is, there is quite a bit of consulting business for a small talented team of capable web designer, programmer, dba/network hack, sales person, and process oriened PM. If you found a BI specialist to implement Excel Server for analysis--the team would rock.
Any ways, have a great weekend folks.