Now that Philip Rosedale's returned to Linden Lab management, could that mean Cory Ondrejka, his former Chief Technology Officer from Second Life's founding days, is coming back too? That's a question several readers have asked me, and to judge by the latest post on Cory's blog, others are asking him that too. "For some reason," he says, coyly linking to Philip's return announcement post, "there has been some questions about what I’m up to these days." He reports advising for at least four startups, all of which seem intriguing, though none have any evident relationship to Second Life or virtual worlds. (Though one of them, Togetherville, is a virtual community/social network for kids and adults.) Tantalizingly, Cory also mentions working on a project with folks at Bessemer Venture Partners, which possibly hints that he has a startup of his own in the works. (Or he could just be advising for VCs too.) None of this, of course, precludes Cory Ondrejka coming back to Linden Lab in the near future, but at the moment it sure seems unlikely.
Update, 2:55pm: Just heard from Cory Ondrejka directly via email. His reply to this question in full:
"Haven't spoken with Philip since the announcement. Exciting to see him return as interim CEO -- he and the board definitely made the right call -- but I don't know what his plans are.
"I don't have any interest in returning to Linden as CTO."