Leaving Meta: Death by corporate bloating

Ever since I read Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture, I have been a huge fan of John Carmack. I’m a huge fan of the Quake series as well as Doom. So reading about the architects of these masterpieces was breathtaking. Throughout reading the book, it became clear that John Carmack had a strong idea of what he wants to achieve. Almost an arrogance, most likely due to his incredible talent.

Kris Raven
Geek Culture

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An abandoned building on the Meta Menlo Park campus. Photo by Tope A. Asokere

This article isn’t a book review.

In 2013 Carmack took up a CTO position at Oculus VR, which was then acquired by Facebook (now Meta) in 2014.

A few days ago (16th December 2022) John Carmack resigned from Meta. According to a post on Meta he implies that he wants to focus more on his startup, Keen Technologies.

His post reveals more sad-but-true realities about Meta, and about large companies in general. I’m not picking on Meta — this happens a lot. In my working career I’ve seen this a few times. As a company grows, so does its wastefulness and disorganisation. And it’s difficult to stop…

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Kris Raven
Geek Culture

Quality Engineering Manager | A wholesome mix of QA, Automated Testing, music and philosophy | Enjoys unit tests | Favours integration tests