I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Sometimes you have a week worth bragging about.

As many of you know, Linden Lab has been hiring to increase
the size of our development team. Because Linden Lab is a great place to work and Second Life is as fun
and challenging a project as anyone could imagine, we’re always hiring great developers. However,
two signings in the last week really make me smile. 

The first is David Parks. Haven’t heard of him? You
will. As a student at Rochester Institute of
Technology
, David helped create the architecture and wrote most of
the code for MUPPETS,
a collaborative virtual space for teaching Java. MUPPETS is a very impressive project with
absolutely cutting edge graphics and I am very excited that David is bringing
his incredible energy and talent Linden Lab and our new renderer.

The second is Jeffrey Ventrella. If you’re reading this post, you probrably
know who Jeff is, but highlights of Jeff’s career include co-founding There.com with Will Harvey,
writing the original There.com prototype code, procedural model work at Protozoa, game development
at Rocket Science, and research at the MIT Media
Lab.  Jeff is not only one of the
world’s experts on avatars and 3D communications, but he also brings an artist’s
eye to every project. I am
really looking forward to working closely with Jeff!

So, all-in-all, a good week. Not only did we hire two great developers, but two great developers
who’ve actually built shared, collaborative 3D worlds!

How cool is that?

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18 Responses to I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

  1. hunter says:

    hubba hubba! awesome….

  2. Frans Charming says:

    Congrats to you, LL and them.
    Hope to see them online some time.(with a cube on their head) 😀

  3. Grats! We all look forward to seeing what these hires portend for Second Life.

  4. Now if only *someone* hadn’t decided to go to Yahoo . . . :-)!

  5. Oz Spade says:

    Awsome! Great news to hear that such talented people are now working on SL. Big fan of Ventrella’s work. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what comes from this!

  6. Just saw that HP laid off Alan Kay . . . hmmmmm . . .

  7. CrystalShard Foo says:

    Woa! Now thats a great list of names right there. 😀

  8. Taylor Jacobs says:

    This is awesome news Cory. Ventrella will be able to revolutionize avatar movements as well as artificial life in general to Second Life. We may actually see the merging of the best of both worlds into an even more awesome virtual environment. Kudos on your new hires.

  9. Danial says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. I wish Jeffery good luck but also I don’t know what to think.

    Linden Labs now has the power to destroy There with a sudden blow. Jeffery is why There has stayed on top for so long.

    Not any more I guess. He was the man behind the stunning animal AI and physics also. You’ll soon be getting the best parts of There. Good luck…

  10. David Parks might end up being the bigger hire. Congrats Cory.

  11. Thanks, Uri. I think they both will make huge contributions to Second Life.

    And like you aren’t sitting around watching A-Team reruns . . .

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  18. Alvi Halderman says:

    cool

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