Very Few Lindens Remain from Linden Lab's Founding Years
Last week I talked about this post by fellow Linden alum Jeska Kittenbrink, who fondly wrote about the Linden engineers' favorite whiskey, and included this great, nostalgia-making photo from 2005, when the staff celebrated the second anniversary of Second Life:
Click to see a full embiggenable version on her blog. I vividly remember when this photo was taken, because I'm just outside the frame. (Since I was still in full-time "embedded journalist" mode, I thought it wise if I maintain some distance, though of course I grabbed a drink immediately after.) In any case, this brings up a question with a purpose, which I put to longtime SL fans:
Of the 35 people pictured here in 2005, how many are still working at Linden Lab?
Answer: Very few. In fact, just a handful:
To my knowledge, only programmer Richard (at far right), QA head Kona (in the "27" jersey) and founding engineer Andrew (just behind Kona's right shoulder) are still with the company. (Lindens reading this, please let me know if I'm missing any.) So 3 for 35 or so. (And while the company was 35 or so strong in 2005, in 2012, it's some 250.)
From one perspective, this is not surprising, because in the tech industry, it's rare for someone to stay at a start-up for 3 years, let alone 7. From another angle, it's a way to remind users of Second Life-- many who started around this time and are still active -- how much the company that's supporting their activity has changed. Some are not aware of this reality, and are surprised that they know more about Second Life than many Lindens do. One reason: Because very few who could remember are there any longer. And keep that in mind when you consider Linden Lab's latest moves to becoming a maker of multiple shared creative spaces.Tweet