John Carmack is leaving Meta

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John Carmack has left meta to focus on his AI startup.

You have missed something if you don’t know John Carmack and work in the software industry.

In an internal memo that leaked, John writes:

We have a ridiculous amount of people and resources, but we constantly self-sabotage and squander effort. There is no way to sugar coat this; I think our organization is operating at half the effectiveness that would make me happy.

This statement made me think. Isn’t this true for most organizations today?

Another interesting statement:

It has been a struggle for me. I have a voice at the highest levels here, so it feels like I should be able to move things, but I’m evidently not persuasive enough. A good fraction of the things I complain about eventually turn my way after a year or two passes and evidence piles up, but I have never been able to kill stupid things before they cause damage, or set a direction and have a team actually stick to it. I think my influence at the margins has been positive, but it has never been a prime mover.

This is extremely valuable.

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