Relax: Rod Humble Leaves Linden Lab, But Second Life Steams On (With Surprises Still on the Way)
It only seems dark because it's evening again (for now)
It's day four since Rod Humble announced his departure as CEO from Linden Lab, and though I've asked the company three times for an official statement of some kind, I look in my inbox and see no reply. There may be good reason for that and I'd rather not jump to conclusions, but to judge by the messages I get from NWN readers and through Second Life social media channels, many are assuming this means the worst about the fate of SL. I have talked with insiders since then on background, and looking at it from my own perspective too, I will say this:
Rod Humble is gone and that is too bad for many reasons, but Second Life is doing fine (more or less). Not only that, some excellent surprises are coming soon:
While Rod launched a lot of non-SL products, some of which (especially Blocksworld and possibly Desura) seem to be getting traction, none of them are making as much money as Second Life. (That's true even though it's also true that Second Life's core revenue base continues to erode.) The improvements we've seen to the product are still being carried forward, and to those we'll soon see some new features, some of which I'm involved with. In fact, I can honestly say I haven't been as excited about Second Life now as I have been in several years. (More on that soon, promise.) And while it's still not clear who will lead Linden Lab into this new era of new VR and tablet technology, I can definitely say this 10 year old world still has a few more surprises -- for its citizens, and the wider world. Stay tuned.
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