Ginsu Linden's Finest Hour
Last week, Ginsu Linden (aka Ginsu Yoon) announced he was stepping down as the Lindens' VP of Corporate Development. (He was previously the Lindens' head lawyer.) With Robin Harper gone last February, there are no remaining Linden executives in the company's day-to-day management who can trace their history with the Lab back before 2006. (Or for that matter, any that I know personally to any great degree.) Scarily smart and forward-thinking, Gene didn't have much interaction with the Second Life community, so I wanted to recount a story from his time as the Lindens' chief counsel: after a blogger named Darren Barefoot created a cheeky Second Life parody, Ginsu responded not with an angry cease-and-desist letter, but a tongue-in-cheek permit-and-continue post. "Linden Lab," he wrote on Barefoot's blog, "objects to any implication that it would employ lawyers incapable of distinguishing such obvious parody." One hopes that remains true now, with Ginsu Linden gone. Photo credit: Joi Ito, from his Flickr stream.