Today F.A.T. Lab shut its doors with this lovely note from Magnus Eriksson and Evan Roth.
But the "we lost to them" narrative is only one perspective. As a "virtual research fellow" since 2011, I had the opportunity to both look up to F.A.T. as an outsider for its first half, and get the inside scoop for the second half. But my first project appears on page 20 of the blog's 200+ pages. With that in mind, here are some other stories about why F.A.T. "lost":
- F.A.T. lost its rowdy juvenile edge when almost everyone got married, had kids, got (mostly) real jobs. The biggest producers from early F.A.T. effectively "retired" from producing F.A.T.-style work.
- There was not enough new energy to replace these retired members. To fix this, sometimes a member would propose adding someone. Inevitably, someone else would suggest they "weren't F.A.T. enough", or just thinking about how many inactive members we had, and how much of a boys club it was, would get us down and discussion woul