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Philip Rosedale Leaving Interim CEO Role at Linden Lab, Returning to New Startup After Finding Replacement

Philip Rosedale

Second Life founder Philip Rosedale is leaving his role as "interim" CEO, he just announced, a position he held for four months after replacing Mark Kingdon and 30% of the staff was laid off. (As it happens, Philip first announced the end of day-to-day involvement in Linden Lab almost exactly a year ago.) After helping find a replacement CEO, Philip says he'll return to running LoveMachine Inc., his new startup, which develops a democratic management system he and Cory Ondrejka originally built for Linden. (It's used by Digg and a few other Internet startups.)

Now that I'm consulting for Avatar Reality's Blue Mars, I'll refrain from commenting directly, though I will say it's likely that most SL community members will be surprised by this announcement. Please feel free to discuss further in Comments!

Photo from a post on another LoveMachine Inc. project, building a self-aware AI in Second Life.

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Little Lost Linden


"I'll refrain from commenting directly, though I will say it's likely that most SL community members will be surprised by this announcement."

I will comment directly, and directly, I will say....."HOLY MOLY!!!"

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Round and round and round we go...again.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Say, if Philip pulls off that project for a self-aware AI in SL...make it the CEO!

Flying Spaghetti

What if we Residents asked Cory Ondrejka back as CEO to the board?

Would Cory accept? and would Philip concede?

Coughran Mayo

"meet the new boss....same as the old boss"?I would vote for Cory.

Komuso Tokugawa

Breaking News! First new #LL CEO candidate identified! -> http://fwd4.me/iFv #InvestorLovemachineCertified #SL

Concerned Citizen

Coming soon to LL, "Ray" Linden, with a whole new bag 'o tricks!

Metacam Oh

Don Draper for CEO

Hamlet Au

Wouldn't he just run off with his furry secretary?

Miso Susanowa

In many businesses, esp the tech ones, this is known as a "hatchetman job." It's especially devious in using P Linden's supposed cache as a stopgap measure. It was an empty gesture and makes all his "so ernest" words of July 30, 2010 (just search you tube) only so much hot-air at best, and low self-serving manipulation and snake oil at worst. You gotta ask, who's really running the show? My guess is on Jack the Lad.

Luci

... and what´s left of all those promises he made earlier. Fast, fun and easy? Pffffff, we´re left without support and the place got even laggier. No, he stuffs the teens up our throat, that´s really what we´re all have been waiting for. What is necessary, and urgent, is that tier prices go down! I say: the faster gone with him the better.

LokiLoki

OMG WHOS DRIVING THIS TRAIN!!!!??????

Judi Newall

So he's leaving even BEFORE there's a new CEO?? "I'll be leaving day-to-day management of the company and continuing in my role on the board, including helping in the search to find a great CEO"

Arcadia Codesmith

In the immortal words of Kurt Vonnegut, "So it goes."

At this point, they could do worse than to let the residents elect a new CEO.

Nan

Is L. Bob Rife working on anything right now?

comoro Infinity

so long Second Life

Rin Tae

Of course it was known since the time he came back that it was only temporary but this messege still came as a surprise. And it was so short ... I would have expected that they would have at least found someone else for this position.

Besides, Philip has not brought the big pull in SL that many people hoped for when M left. It stayed the same and in some areas turned to worse. The communication with residents is still not happening and LLs plans are still nothing but guesswork.

Csteph

That banging sound is my head hitting the desk. Repeatedly.

Doreen Garrigus

The end is nigh!

Again.

Exuberance LaFleur

Is anyone else just plain tired? What a joke. At every opportunity the lab does the stupidest possible thing they can figure out to tweak off the residents. It is unbelievable. Philip goes back to his Love Machine.

I have only three requirements for the new CEO.

1. Some empathy for the customers you already have, who have been through enough already.

2. Some respect for the builders, organizers,store owners, land holders, musicians and artists who are making your world better every day and who should be be celebrated and publicized regularly.

(i still think live music is a killer app in SL and the lindens could professionalize it with some support , offering linden venues for large events and publicity in a very short time)


3. A commitment to make second life visionary again instead of some version of facebook.

Ciaran Laval

It's not particularly surprising, it was a matter of when he left the position, it was only ever going to be temporary.

The big question is who comes next.

Renmiri

Don't think the current user base is on LL's plans for the future.

Fat guys on their basement posing as fashionists, furries and weirdos.. Is all we are to them :(

Renmiri

Or to put it in another way...
http://www.cubeyterra.com/2010/10/the-oldbie/

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