ZOMFG Philip is back!

I know, I know; but I was away and offline all day.

Woot! Happy Birthday! :)

Linden Lab Announces Management Changes

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ — Linden Lab®, creator of 3D virtual world Second Life®, announced today that company founder Philip Rosedale has been named interim CEO, and CFO Bob Komin has assumed the additional role of COO. Linden Lab also announced that Mark Kingdon is stepping down as CEO.

“On behalf of the board, I thank Mark for all of his contributions during his tenure with Linden Lab which include growing our user base and revenue, increasing the stability of the platform, and nurturing and helping build a world class team,” said Rosedale, who will continue to serve on Linden Lab’s board of directors.

About Second Life and Linden Lab
Developed and launched by Linden Lab in 2003, Second Life is the world’s leading 3D virtual world environment. It enables its Residents to create content, interact with others, launch businesses, collaborate, educate, and more. Since its inception, Second Life Residents have logged more than one billion user hours and generated more than $1 billion in user-to-user transactions. With a broad user base that includes everyone from consumers and educators to medical researchers and large enterprises, Second Life has become one of the largest repositories of user-generated content and the largest user-generated virtual goods economy in the world.

Privately held Linden Lab, founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale and headquartered in San Francisco, develops revolutionary technologies that change the way people communicate, interact, transact, learn and create. For more information, visit http://www.secondlife.com.

SOURCE Linden Lab

Not to be mean to M Linden or anything, but I did not like pretty much any of the changes that came at about the same time he did. And I like Philip’s having founded the whole thing in the first place :) although I didn’t like his recent “things have to change so we can have as many users as Mafia Wars” sorts of statements.

Whether this new change from M back to Philip-temporarily-and-the-CFO is a sign that there is actually a new direction, or something else, and if there is a new direction whether I like it more or less, all remain to be seen.

Interesting times!

2 Responses

  1. Well, I’m glad M’s left – the constant push for the almighty dollar really pissed me off. I liked his arrival, it was fresh and he really tried – he came in-world a lot, used social media to communicate and seemed genuinely interested but then the cracks appeared and they were always about money. The breaker for me was the greed LL showed over Xstreet freebies – just pure, naked greed. The first hour stuff and the viewer 2 stuff hasn’t bothered me in the slightest – hell, LL before M did daft stuff like that.

    My only concern is that even though M has gone, Philip was on the Board of Directors and they must have passed the stuff he did.

    As you say, interesting times. It’s worth remembering that the Chinese saying that is associated with is not a blessing but a curse :)

    • Yeah, it reeeealy baffles me when ppl (and M isn’t the only one) come in and say “I’m going to communicate constantly and make weekly blog postings and and and…” and then that’s the last you ever hear of them. I mean, how stupid they think we are?

      Philip has said and also done some questionable stuff, but I cut him a huge amount of slack for having started the whole shebang in the first place…

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