@marimccann Thanks! I'm opening as fast as I can. Jira is coming. Lindens in SL will come too. Transparency and empowerment are core to me.— Ebbe Altberg (@ebbealtberg) February 26, 2014
Well this is a refreshing change: In response to a post that SLer Marianne McCann Tweeted at him, new Linden Lab CEO promised much more openness, transparency, empowerment, responsiveness to JIRA support tickets, Linden Lab staffers in Second Life, world peace, magic ponies (or at least most of those). His predecessor Rod Humble operated the company in a way that was much more similar to how companies like Electronic Arts and Sony Online Entertainment are run (where Humble was once an executive), so on paper at least, this seems like a radical return to Linden Lab's roots.
Then again, it'll be interesting to see how far Altberg can keep these promises. They're very much in line with Philip Rosedale's original vision for the company, but it's been difficult for succeeding CEOs to follow. And at this point, there's frankly a lot of things Linden Lab can't be transparent about, without causing a community-wide panic. (Especially when many in the SL user community are already prone to panic at the smallest or most misinterpeted things.)
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