More scalability angst. Or perhaps a manifestation of the difficult economic environment?
I have a mix of items about Linden Lab’s virtual world, Second Life, for today’s post. First let me emphasize how much I enjoy Second Life. Time in Second Life for me is excitement and delight, interacting with people from around the globe, the opportunity to practice my foreign language skills, learn about other cultures and beliefs, history and couture, computing and technology, human nature and music. I have a wonderful there.
In early June, Linden Research reduced head count by 30%, and shuttered its business-targeted (enterprise) program. Shortly after, then-CEO Mark Kingdon announced his departure from Linden Lab. Phillip Rosedale, the original creative force of Second Life, returned as the interim CEO. The story was covered by The Wall Street Journal, “Digits” blog. I was dismayed by the abrupt corporate reorganization. Sustained existence on “the bleeding edge” is not appealing to me. I wrote this as a comment on Another surprise at Second Life – Founder is CEO Again (WSJ Digits, 24 June 2010): (more…)