Changing my Job

We’ve decided to search for a new CEO, and I wanted to briefly talk to everyone here about the reasons for that decision.

I feel that the most important contributions I have made and will continue to make to Second Life are related to building both the product and the company through my direct contributions to vision, strategy, and design. As we grow, the role of our CEO will increasingly be to hire and grow the right team – to lead and help the company scale – to thousands of people and tens of millions of users of Second Life. I believe that we can hire a fantastic person in that role, and also give me the ability to totally focus myself on the job that I do well. I bet this will be the most interesting job opening in the technology world.

As to title, I will become chairman of the board. I will be 100% involved and fulltime at Linden Lab. Second Life is my life’s work, and I am not going anywhere! I will focus on product strategy and vision, continuing to design the right kind of company, and being an effective communicator and evangelist about Second Life. As a community member, you will probably see more of me in-world.

Again, this is a decision driven by my desire to best grow SL and match my job to both our needs and my passions. We don’t have a specific timeline, and I don’t expect my job to change while we are looking for someone.

We’ll organize some further conversations in SL on this topic soon, and as always, feel free to talk to me about this if you run into me in-world.

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  2. Rhaorth Antonelli says:

    I wish you the best Philip, and may your decisions be the right ones. only you know for sure what is right for you.

  3. nina says:

    hoping this turns out good rather than bad.

  4. Rhyph says:

    You are a visionary! Keep up the great work and we look forward to the future.

  5. Ann Otoole says:

    of course its good. a new league to play in. be on the boards of multiple companies, etc. the logical growth step for a CEO.

    growth changes a lot of aspects of any startup.
    not everyone will like the necessary direction and culture changes.

  6. Vittorio Beerbaum says:

    Not keeping it “litterally”, this is a good news (hey i don’t have anything against Philip… indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I mean the “brave” to leave the “king” status to concentrate on something else (when you know you can do better there…) while another person (with a more focused mentality) may keep the role is perfect to drive the company to the future.
    Good wishes to you Philip and to Linden Labs!

  7. Jasmine Chemistry says:

    There comes a time in every business when they are growing that there is additional focus and/or help needed to move over that little hump into the greater size. I applaud you in you seeing this yourself, and moving more naturally into that phase. It seems that you will do an easier transition between visionary and operations, and that will be wonderful for all of us in world.

    I wish you well in your refocus, and i hope this goes well and is very effective for all involved.

  8. Wagahai Oddfellow says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. I look forward to seeing the changes in the months and years to come. Hopefully the new CEO will work on the problems that plague SL these days ranging from stability and inventory loss to better handling of customer relations (might even get Linden Lab’s BBB rating up!)

    Philip, this took some guts and balls to step down from that role and put the company first. Hopefully this will help start a new era at Linden Labs.

  9. Danziel Lane says:

    This might be a wise decision: to be the one with the vision and let another one do the work of managing and organisation.

    Please find a great new CEO, Philip, and make your dream come true to have a real great SL with tens … hundreds of millions of people.

    Thanks so much for what you made true.
    I hope you still have more visions and will give them all to the future of SL.

  10. Bobo Decosta says:

    Does this mean anarchy brakes out until a new ruler steps up? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Nyoko Salome says:

    when i first read the headline in forum (and then read others making fun of the ‘joke’;) i was briefly worried you’d been ‘ousted’ lol!! ๐Ÿ™‚ but it turns out this is really great; actually probably the best news to hear in a long time :)) – i take it you’ve steered it all thru the storms and now it’s ‘smoother sailing’ i hope… ๐Ÿ™‚ take care have fun phillip!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thanks Philip for what you have done, and for what you will do!

    I interpret this change as meaning that now the money people see that this metaverse thing will be BIG, and want to put one of their own in charge of day to day business. So the metaverse has grown from science fiction to hard business in only a few years, and you have played one of the few key roles. More than enough for a lifetime, but I guess you will do many other things and maybe even bigger.

  13. WarKirby Magoijiro says:

    I hope we don’t get some suit who wants to fire torley and destroy LL’s open transparent culture : (

  14. Bobo Decosta says:

    I heard Steve Jobs still has some free time ๐Ÿ™‚

    off topic : Did the looting start already?

  15. Tavish Flanagan says:

    Interesting parallel to the path that LL board member Mitch Kapor took at Lotus, in days gone by.

  16. Zillion says:

    Good luck, may this be for the best both for you, and for the Second Life community!

  17. Michael Dale says:

    Best of luck to you Philip, and thank you for SecondLife ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ricky Yates says:

    You have brought the company quite far. This is a good decision at the right point in time. The demands on a CEO of a maturing company is different from those in a a startup.

    Thank you for your leadership so far and keep the vision going! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Tabitha Oxide says:

    I nominate Prokofy Nevah.

  20. Broccoli Curry says:

    When do I start?

  21. fword utorid says:

    We know you are secretly a space alien and that this is all a hoax perpetuated to steal Linden Dollars from the needy. Rip off the mask and show your true face as Ming The Merciless so we can roll the credits!

  22. I find it rather coincidental that the announcement was made on Philip’s Rezday ๐Ÿ˜›

  23. dusanwriter says:

    This is the natural evolution of a high growth company, and you remain its visionary. Operational experience is great…and I nominate Eliot Spitzer, he’s an operator, he’s looking for work, and he knows how to whip people (into shape).

  24. nina says:

    dont forget that a ceo’s primary allegiance is to shareholders/investors.
    they dont care about you, they dont care about the product, they DO care about the bottom line and maximising profits for investors.
    keep that in mind.

  25. My first reaction after this is trust in Philip’s words and optimism about the future of Second Life.

  26. Handing the reigns over to someone else is never easy to do and I expect Phil to look both anxious as well as exstatic towards the future. It’ll be a new focus, possible even back to where Phil came from : thinking things over and plotting the way that SL goes.

    In the mean time, the new CEO can deal with the logistics and day to day business. There’s only so much one can have on his/her plate and when you notice you spill more then you eat, it’s time to get in some help, or get a bigger spoon.

    Let the tugging for attention and prioritizing of topics and issues that are part of SL start : Let the games begin!

    Phil, see you in world. Never let go of the dream!

  27. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    Hello all i had a question….. Hows come i go in the in world and look in people search there is no phillip Linden can someone answer that?

  28. @TyrisFlare nielsen- one l, not two.

  29. nika talaj says:

    Thank you, Phililp, for your invention, vision, and expertise in creating SL and bringing it this far along. I hope you and your new partner can preserve the power of Second Life as a vehicle for people to re-invent themselves. Perhaps, eventually, for corporations to do the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Second Life so far has been a wonderful gift to the world, a playground for human imagination, a freeing from physical constraint that has powerfully re-engaged many marginalized in their first lives. No matter what other successes LL has, if you can preserve that, your place in human history will be enviable.

  30. Thunderclap Morgridge says:

    Tabitha: Prok has managed to get herself a Encyclopedia Dramatica entry. That means she has managed to anger Anonymous. That’s bad.
    but we do need some one with experience.

  31. Spider Man says:

    I really wish the best luck to you Sir and the whole Second Life community, it’s been best chance to every one to change their own life for better .. SL is just a best chance for who really wish to change, develop hie/her real life. Thinking to keep in developing things is best way to let everything fresh.

    Best luck always !

  32. Gillian Waldman says:

    Best wishes.

  33. blaze spinnaker says:

    Good lord .. Why would anyone want to be CEO of a company where you’re the chairman and chief product strategist, and, no doubt, everyone is going to continue to look to for leadership?

    What a nightmare in the making!

  34. Doreen Garrigus says:

    Congratulations, Philip. When you began all of this, I’m sure it only felt like you were doing one job. Lately, I bet it’s felt like five. I’m glad you decided to remain in the position where your experience and vision will mean the most. Thank you.

  35. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    Ps theres no Torely Listed lol
    why is that that not right how do u expect trust in this chatroom?
    if u wish to talk to me personally about my questions i would like to speask to a Linden plz
    lol:) have a nice day:)
    P,s,s preferably Torely or Phillip plz and TY:)

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  37. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    One More Thing why are they called Lindens in the first place lol…!!!!!!

  38. Like many others here said befor i think its a wise decision ..maybe. Anyway best wishes Philip for you and SL!

    for me his profile shows up with “El Presidente” at his account inf ;D

  39. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    im in the right content cause it involves lindens lol

  40. Lukas Mensing says:

    I’ll be back…

  41. Judi Newall says:

    Sounds like a great decision, leaves you doing what you do best. Exciting times ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Jim Brock says:

    /me applauds Philip!

    I can imagine the CEO position being more of a LL management job then a SL management job these days. Must have been a harsh decision, but glad you followed your heart and are coming back to us with your great vision and drive.

    We all this to you, did I say thanks already?

  43. John Horner says:

    Will you be an Executive Chairman Philip, or a non Exec Chairman, pardon my interest

  44. Kris Ritter says:

    i can has ur job?

  45. Lorelei Mission says:

    Congrats, Philip! A decade ago I started a company where I got to do innovative creative things… then the daily crap of running a company turned me more into a suit than a person… if you can get out from under all the CEO junkwork, you can get back to your roots of being a creator & innovator. And you will likely be happier.

  46. Pol McLaglen says:

    @35 You can hide your name from search. If you were that important within LL you would do the same so that you can be free to do the things you need to do rather than constantly deal with IM Hell.

    Either that, or search is down again….

    Anyway, I wish Phil all the best here in his decision to move aside into the role he is better suited to – working on the vision of SL and evangelising it.

    I just hope he is very careful about whom he chooses to become the CEO of the company. We need someone who will organise things in such a way as to be beneficial to LL’s customer base, as well as LL’s shareholders.

    BTW, I hate how this thing tries to correct my UK English spelling – we’re the ones who actually spell things correctly, after all… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pol McLaglen.

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  48. Damanios says:

    Time to let the day to day stuff to the full time manager types and be a visionary again.
    I will enjoy seeing some of that vision on this blog.

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  51. Samara Barzane says:

    Good luck Philip!
    It’s a good man who knows when the future works better for SL in a different role. Just don’t be a stranger ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  53. Mozy Pera says:

    You are amazingly brilliant no matter what position you hold and I am sure you will find a great CEO for LL. Oh, by the way, thanks for the offer, but I have already taken on another position!! LOL Good Luck!!!!

  54. Holly says:

    @ TyrisFlare nielsen

    1) Philip

    2) Torley

    3) “The company’s name comes from Linden Street, the street it was originally based on.”

  55. U M says:

    Well as Philip Linden has said in the past………..The game out grow him. People in game knew more then he did frankly speaking. Makes sence he is doing this………..But waht otehr changes are coming our way?

    U sagi M usashi

  56. Cincia Singh says:

    A step up and in the right direction. A good person knows what their strengths and interests are and pursues them. It will be interesting to watch SL evolve under a different structure. Best wishes and good luck as Chairman of the Board and, if you need a highly paid spokeswoman inside SL, keep me in mind (laughing).

  57. Lucien Franciosa says:

    Congratulations Phillip on this step forward for both you and Second Life. Some people are bound to be concerned, it is a time of transition. I think there is no doubt the metaverse is here to stay and that this evolution will help stake Second Life’s claim to it.

  58. coventina dalgleish says:


    Congratulations in the prescience this is a hard decision to make when you have created something like this and it is your baby but do not feel like it is a demotion as there comes a time when strong corporate leadership is required and it normally arrives with the maturation of the project.

    In my experience , several times now, I have had to give over the titular head of a project to a hard manager, someone with the vision and experience to make hard, and sometimes cold decisions.

    I know you will remain at the helm as chairman but just wanted to wish you well in your search for strong leadership.

    As normally happens in successful start ups the creative mind requires the efforts of this type of action all you have to do is look at the examples presented by Bill Gates and Steve jobs both extreme visionary’s but moderated with the vision to realize that this is a requirement for continued success. Oh and BTW the asset server still suks ))

    Coventina Dalgleish

    hey maybe Chair and CTO ))

  59. Tycho Beresford says:

    This is good news. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  60. Beryl Greenacre says:

    Philip, I wish you the best and hope that your decision will help see SL through to a wonderful future. Thank you so much for this amazing place. I hope to run into you in SL the way I occasionally used to when I first started almost five years ago; you are always gracious, helpful and a great person.

  61. Vivienne says:

    Congrats, Phil. SL is the best, in spite ofall the flaws.

    Keep on rocking!!!

  62. Chip Midnight says:

    I wish you all the best with your new position, Philip. It sounds like a well thought out and smart move to make, and I hope the new position is fulfilling and the new CEO has the same enthusiasm for SL that you’ve always had. Best of luck with the search, and thanks for everything!

  63. Rebecca Proudhon says:

    Sounds like a plan.

  64. Profky Neva says:

    Ok im your new CEO. Everyone is banned.

    now i can work in peace!

  65. Sounds like the end is near

  66. Argus Collingwood says:

    With the Ides of March party starting at 12:01 midnight, does this mean Philip will be coming as Caesar? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  67. Buster McNutter says:

    I allways thougt you were just a CampBot Phill…..

  68. Ingrid Ingersoll says:

    Looking forward to seeing more of you in world Philip and good luck with the hire!

  69. Brenda Maculate says:

    Philip, I hope this is a Good Thing, and I certainly wish you the best.

    I hope that the person called to take your place at LL has the same sort of vision that brought Second Life where it is today!

    I look forward to seeing you in-world…

  70. Davina Glitter says:

    Well you can come to the 2008 SLCC asking for people to see you for the CEO position during the event, maybe make a track to be SL CEO. ๐Ÿ™‚ Huggies

  71. dusanwriter says:

    Yay Prok! Can you send us all a note card three times (no, make that four) so that we really really get it?

  72. woody ninetails says:

    well as in any nation even second life the time to change comes.

  73. Argus Collingwood says:

    @ 66 my own post –>meant in jest and I’m happy to hear that Philip can now concentrate on what he loves best about the World that we are all part of creating together.

  74. Anylyn Hax says:

    I think its a great decision …. congratulations

  75. Skyler Goode says:

    Good Luck Philip – This CEO position will be an exciting job for someone – Be sure to get the best – Skyler

  76. @64 – Nice misspelling on the name, there . Almost fooled…. Nobody.

  77. Darien Caldwell says:

    As a longtime ‘player’ in the Semiconductor Industry, I can say I’ve seen this happen twice. Both times the CEO had to step back in to save the company from disaster. Please make sure your replacement truly holds the abilities and strengths needed to continue Second Life down the path of success it has traveled so far (yes, I consider SL a success), and watch for hidden agendas. Good luck in your new role!

  78. I sincerely hope that this will allow you to get back into the grid, and more in touch with the rest of us. Perhaps now you can be an advocate for the rest of us, and for what needs to be done instead of handling all the day-to-day hoopla of running a corporation.

    Hey, a girl can dream can’t she?

    At any rate, it’s always good to be able to do what you love. If you’re not loving it anymore, it’s time for a change. Here’s hoping this change is wonderful. For all of us.

  79. Best of Luck Philip! ,,,=^_^=,,,
    I thank you for creating a great place to be.
    SecondLife has been a wonderful networking system to bring the global community together.
    May you have continued success!


  80. Marianne McCann says:

    Best of luck as this develops, Philip.

    I’m currently available, if y’know, you need a replacement ๐Ÿ˜‰

  81. Joker Opus says:

    Oh god, please don’t pull in some director from google or something
    Wish ya the best

  82. Smokey Newman says:

    I want Torley Lets start the campaign now. I so want to be his PA. Imagine sorting his wardrobe.

  83. Be Ewing says:

    Philip — I am very happy for you and all. This makes very much sense for you to be one with the world’s needs and your personal passions. The best of wishes in finding the best of partners to be your and our CEO. Take care and have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ … Be

  84. Kula Anstine says:

    Philip? Aww you make me so proud, come here, give me a hug :o)

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  86. Lunara Stardust says:

    Congratulatons! We’re indebted to you for creating a great product so many of us call a world we can live in. History will be kind to you, Phillip. Looking forward to you chosing a fabulous CEO.

  87. shaq Merlin says:


    Well… new CEO means new directions? or too big government pressure? dam… It must be really hard job ๐Ÿ˜‰

    p.s. Wish You success in the new role and the same for product !!!

    Best Regrds,

  88. Leffard Lassard says:

    Good luck with the hire. I hope it will be not someone like the Pepsi manager who succeded to put Steves reality distortion field out of order.

  89. kesseret steeplechase says:

    Best wishes to you Philip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Berry Steinhoff says:

    Good luck in all matters Second and Real Life.

  91. Samael Zhichao says:

    I wish you the best of luck Philip in you endeavors. I also hope that you hire someone who is in love with Second Life as many of us are. Can I apply for the position?

  92. Anylyn Hax says:

    I think you done a serial of very hard mistakes ruining the economy of secondlife. I think the hardest ,istake was banning gambling.
    I understand that you wanted the IBM money … perhabs you needed the IBM money badly.
    Something is not well in the state danemark. No CEO drops his job because he just has a feeling. Who asked you to leave ? who is the big sponsor of SL. You cant tell me that this company runns by its own.
    I think its best if you leave SL for ever.
    Have a nice weekend

  93. Bucky Barkley says:

    This is a great move for Philip, and a potentially great thing for Linden Labs.

    Philip would be a great Chief Evangelist. He is good at describing his vision for Second Life. I am glad to see that he will still be involved!

    The thing that has struck me over the last 18 months is how Cory, Robin, and Philip were in way over their heads for the roles they were in. Cory’s gone, and if there is a new CTO, he or she is sure being way too quiet. Robin is well suited for some role at LL, but not making and explaining policy — Robin needs to find that role soon.

    And from Philip comes the Tao of Linden — from that we get the ‘choose your own work’ idea. Based on the stability of SL, and where we see effort being applied, that idea does not scale very well. The next CEO and CTO need to address this… they need to lead internally, dictate priorities, and proactively communicate with the residents on a frequent basis (go back and look for postings from Cory and Philip…)

    Hopefully what happens by summer is that we get a strong CEO, CTO, and VP of Community that understand SL culture, and.. that have the experience to balance leadership, goal setting, and communication without changing the aspects of Linden Labs that make it great.

    I’m optimistic about the future of SL.

  94. Dithean Ringo says:

    In the years I’ve been in SL, this is only my second post.
    Good luck for the future, and thanks for your vision in bring us our Second Life.

  95. Thank you for communicating with us directly, there is nothing worse than chain whispering & scare mongering. I know there is nothing worse than giving up what you enjoy & do best for the sake of paperwork and beurocracy. I hope the new CEO is as passionate about our world as you (and we all) are.

    Good Luck in your search for the perfect person for the job ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Destiny Niles says:

    Growth is always a good sign. Best of luck to you and the future CEO. (You know you can apply with an alt account?)

  97. richard says:

    is my sex bed still going to work ?

  98. This was not unexpected. Founders do not stay CEOs forever especially for something that’s gotten this large.

    But…. I really hope that your replacement doesn’t decide to go cuthroat proffit hunting. SL needs to have a customer first/customer friendly atmosphere to survive and not one where we’re feeling squeezed for every nickle and dime you can get out of us. ^.^ So far it’s only felt like the squeeze on occasion but for the most part it’s been chaotic good fun… and controlled chaos is the best anyone can hope for when balancing everything. It’s been a fun ride, and I don’t want to get off it… so that’s a good sign hehe.

    I wish you luck and I look forward with hope in the future for smoother and more efficient services and operations. I’m glad you’re staying around though it’s important to enjoy what you’ve created. ^.^

  99. If Philip wills it, it must be the right decision, but I don’t know what this is going to do to my theology…

    Samantha Poindexter
    Pastor, First Church of Rosedale

  100. Porsupah Ree says:

    As everyone else has said, it’s commendable that you’ve been able to recognise where your strengths lie, regarding SL, and where the company now is, having progressed well beyond “startup”. The other aspect, of course, is you’re now better able to work on future directions SL may take, and less of the company mechanisms.

    Ultimately, I’m also hoping this won’t cause any pullback from the company’s commitment to open source development, especially with regard to the eventual release of the server code as well. Perhaps it’d be a wise time to reassert that as a goal?

  101. elissa bristol says:

    I don’t understand all of this. PHILLIP FOUNDED THE GAME…CREATED THIS WORLD THAT EVERYONE whines about and hes not making a statement of stepping down for that, its just that its gotten so big, maybe he wants to enjoy his creation a little. I think that if I ever create a company…there will be a clause in the governing of it that states: “whoever is the creative mind behind this will always have an equal, or more-powerful lead in the company.” Shouldn’t that be right, isn’t it the same *itching that so many people do over “permissions?” For someone that started with nothing here, this creative design is beautiful..and for something free….I mean, I see graphics in this game better than some of the high end Xbox games…but I’m not an expert. Bottom line is, and unfortunately, I’ve never met Philip. I suppose that SL is going to become more of a commercial game than something fun…seems to me that the old timers I’ve spoken with miss the community of the old game….but, envisioning growth of this magnitude may have taken that dream away from Phillip and made him rich…I suspect that SL will eventually fall the way of those old MSN messanger chats with the cartoons, or Yahoo Geocities, or VirtualTeen online (forums)…or Yahoo chat……hats off to you Phillip and I, for one, a nobody in the game, am glad that you’ve created this world for us!

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  103. Chilko Tardis says:

    Thank god, i read the Reuters article and thought you were quitting. Make Blue Linden CEO :D!

  104. Good luck Philip.

    It’s a good sign that you feel secure enough to let go of part of your current job. And hopefully before too long you will be founding a Philip Linden Foundation ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. WOW Philip CONGRATS! i mean that in the best best way! following your Passion is the hearts goal in life…fulfills the soul on all levels…..You have given a great gift with SL…and for those of us who have been able to pursue our passions as well, it’s been a total blessing…and for that I thank you…..I havn’t met you in person, yet…..haaaa But i’m sure I will one day soon….YOu are an incredible spririt and what a fantastic man!
    ALL of the best… you ๐Ÿ™‚
    -JueL Resistance
    -Suzen JueL

  106. PersephoneGea says:

    Mr Rosedale the visionary, thxs for the metaverse its your creation its your your vision the future of internet good look!!

    new moments new events its ..second life

    Thxs for all Philip

    Nature’s first green is gold
    her hardest hue to hold
    her early leaf s a flower
    but only so an hour

    then leaf subsides to leaf
    so eden sank to grief
    so dawn goes down to day
    nothing gold can stay

    (Robert Frost)

    Big Hugs

  107. SexySteven Morrisey says:

    So… How do I apply for the CEO position?

  108. bobbyb30 zohari says:

    Good to hear that there will be more lindens=D

  109. Sascha says:

    A “Choice of Heracles”? I hope so:) Good that you follow you’re dream. All the best for the future.

  110. Charltina Christensen says:

    Everything has a season. It is wonderful to see you recognize Phillip your gifts and the season SL by your original vision has esculated to become. I am often called a Visionary as well and the truth of the matter is, SL is heading in a direction when soon we not only will be buying stocks in SL but people will be clamouring for the talented ones here that are innovative in their own rights. There is a huge trend of Media, MotionPicture Industry. Game Makers around the world are watching Second Life. Those that know me as true friend know in real life what I used to do. Trust me when I say SL is about to explode in positive ways over the next four years in ways not even Phillip thought was feasible. If we each stay in our lane and do what we are excellent at doing we will all be sitting on the cutting edge of something absolutely historical.

    โ€œExcellence can be obtained if you:

    …care more than others think is wise;

    …risk more than others think is safe;

    …dream more than others think is practical;

    …expect more than others think is possible.โ€

    Everyone get excellent at your passion. SL is about to make an explosion that will be felt around the globe and if we position ourselves behind Our Leadership

    (* smiles over at Phillip we never truly leave the baby we birth we just evolve*)

    Thanks for being wise enough to evolve to the place you realize wherer your truer Passion lies. Keep your innovative spirit free to dream. For in your dreaming we all have a place to soar to higher excellent. And.. it doeth not yet appear what we shall be…
    Charltina Christensen
    Queen of Gentle Breeze
    Marketing Consultant to Many Numerous Successful Sim Owners
    Let’ts get ready, Well done Phillip Linden Well done.

  111. Salazar Jack says:

    Exciting times.. exciting times, indeed! Congratulations on taking this step and I hope you find the perfect person to take the CEO baton. I look forward to 2008 and beyond as Second Life and the Grid continue to grow and evolve. It’s quite satisfying to see the depth that this world is achieving as it rezzes and gets more complex. Farther up and farther in!

  112. Blinders Off says:

    Philip, I can’t say this is a bad decision. Might be a great decision. As #3 Nina said, “Hoping this turns out good rather than bad.”

    I especially hope this because there are 2 reasons for bringin in a new CEO: 1 (the good reason): So he can run the business professionally and improve customer satisfaction, or… 2 (the bad reason): to provide a scapegoat when things go wrong.

    Hopefully, reason #1 is THE reason. It has come to the point that the vision of Second Life has gone about as far as it can go under its own steam and now needs a rock-solid performance foundation. The bugs need debugged, attention focused on essential needs rather than additional eye candy. Customer support and customer relations need to be completely revamped (especially that nasty, techno-nightmare JIRA system) and major problems (such as dysfunctional Group Chat) need responded to on a 24-48 hour basis rather than a 24-48 WEEK basis.

    So bringing in a new CEO so that you can concentrate on vision and let someone else improve the company and overall performance– good idea. Hopefully it’s not a move simply to take the pressure off and transfer it to someone else. Second Life could rock and rule, but only if someone tech-saavy enough and dedicated enough to the customers makes it so.

    Best wishes in your new role. My guess is this decision (and others like it that are going to become necessity over the next year) will either make or break SL.

  113. Molly Montale says:

    Max Headroom for CEO

  114. Cybin Monde says:

    Just wanted to pop in and say a few things:

    1) Happy Rez-Day, Philip!!

    2) This sounds like a great catalyst for further growth. Letting a business-person take over the business stuff, thus letting you get back to your dreams and the realization of them.. including on a personal level for you.

    Have fun! I know i’ll continue to enjoy and love this world you set in motion years ago.

    Until after now,

  115. peasan kuu says:

    Can I have your stuff ?

  116. Sandor Balczo says:

    I can’t help but seeing a lot of parallels between Linden Labs in 2007-2008 and Apple in the worst period of its existence, 1997-1998.

    Please try to learn from Apple’s past experience, Philip, and find a way to regain control of your company if needed. Outsourced CEOs who really understand the companies they work with are rare and my personal experience tells me that only people from within a corporation with acknowledged abilities, a strong sense of customer care and intuition can succeed as CEOs.

    Good luck! I don’t envy you at all.


  117. Does this mean you will be the CTO now, when you hire the new CEO?

  118. Dillon Speculaas says:

    Congratulations Chairman Linden!

    As has been said many times here, I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision for you. I look forward to the positive effects as you target your input on the day-to-day workings of this amazing world you have created… and to the direction the business layer take under new stewardship.

    The very best of luck to you and the entire LL crew as we all head off in this great new direction!

  119. Harke Hartnell says:

    /me nominates self as new King of Secondlife XD

    but really, its great to see the need to get down and dirty, being in-world more would certainly make alot of people happy

    rock on Phillip, Wheaties, breakfast of champions!

  120. SunShine Kukulcan says:


    As a transformational leader, I completely understand your decision to move into a CEO position. Your ability to see into the future, set goals and inspire others to reach for those goals is the sign of a a very special type of leader.

    Best wishes for continued success.

  121. Biancaluce Robbiani says:

    Understanding the need to step back to a more adequate position in order to focus on your dream, I wish you the clearest mind and thunder thoughts to make your dream come more true.
    It has been a baby in the cot, now is growing and needs plenty of your time to become Web 2.0 (and more) outstanding flag.
    Me and all the Italian community I represent, wish you the very best!
    Biancaluce Robbiani
    Italian Manager

  122. Just adding in my congrats on bringing LL and SL as far as you have. It’s a great vision and took great courage to bring to birth. Kudos for that.

    And another set of kudos for seeing your strengths and working to those. Thank you for all you’ve done…and all you will do.

  123. Jag Nishi says:

    Torley Linden for CEO!

    Hopefully this is for the better and I guess the rumors of Phillip’s death were greatly exaggerated though probably founded in the fact that he seemed to have vanished from the material sphere.

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  125. AnnaLatexa Beaumont says:

    Hi, I think you have made a good decision, because we all are best in things we really like to do, moreover life is too precious, so we should have fun in our jobs, if ever possible ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best wishes


  126. torridluna says:

    Thanks for the explanation, Philip. I fear that Second Life will never be the same, “chaotic/good”, innocent again, and that’s sad of course.
    But for You, and for your company I hope it’ll turn out to be a wise decision.

    Looking forward to that,
    Torrid Luna

  127. Kittie Munro says:

    Great vision, great company, great decision… even greater days ahead.

    The decision would no doubt have been driven by some frustration at the lack of time you now have as you deal with some of the more mundane aspects of running a major company. I sincerely hope you find the right ‘someone’ that you can trust to take over the housekeeping while you continue to grow the dream.

    I wish it were me!

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  129. elise sands says:

    GOOD! The rapid growth of staff brought managing /supervision difficulties that appear to simply NOT be your field of expertise…

    Recognizing the need to delegate is the number one quality of a better mind…
    Obstinate reluctance to let others handle specific tasks is a certain indicator of a lesser mind!

    Please, please allow this new CEO to clean house and get rid of those on staff who waste OUR time (customers) with the sloppy gadget building and get back to maintenace and streamlining the viewer as SHOULD have been done FIRST!!!!

  130. Great News, shows your growth oriented and not power hungry!
    Companies with fresh faces and perspectives always do better in the long run by injecting new ideas and enthusiasm!


  131. les says:

    Geez, just when things finally seem to be getting on track.

    You have the havok team doing an outstanding job, the mono team stepping up, cheaper personal islands, HTML (sorta) on a prim and now this.

    You’ve made a few miss-steps in the rush to glory. Opening the doors too soon. The crazy price increase on islands which placed them out of reach. Promoting the land market sillyness. The incrediably bad UI. The marketing speak BS(such as 10’s of millions of users in your above post). The pandering to the media instead of to your core creators and residents. The silly mission statement of “improving the human condition”.

    Best of luck in finding a CEO. I hope the person has a creative heart, strong vision and fires the hell out of the UI team!

    Good luck Philip! I look forward to seeing you in world some time ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Deira Llanfair says:


    Sincere best wishes for the future – and please try to find a CEO who really understands SL and it’s Residents and not just someone who knows how to manage a fast growing business and how to read a balance sheet.

  133. Jillian Callahan says:

    So… where do I apply? =^_^=

  134. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    why are my comments off this blog ?

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  136. Robin Ivory says:

    I only have one word to say – MEG !!!

  137. Cosa Nostra says:

    Maximum lifetime for a CEO = 5 years

    it was very clear for me that this situation couldnt go on like it is now;

    *grid needs at least 50 % clean-up (looks more like a dump)
    *overall higher quality needed
    *introduce gameplay
    *to limit free accounts (give new avatars 2 weeks to explore, then premium account is required or banned)
    *force people to invest or spent (everyone wants free money nowadays, but the 2.8 % die hard second lifers cant feed the rest of the world with money)

    I support the new CEO if he is going to act in the right way, if he doesnt then I think that SECOND LIFE will be soon transferred to NO LIFE


  138. Amras Alder says:


  139. TyrisFlare nielsen says:

    actaually i seen them but yet no one shows up in the sl worl thats stupid

  140. Moll Dean says:

    Certainly Philip Rosedale was the BEST Chief Technology Officer that RealNetwork (aka Real Player) had. But all tech community and us are glad he left to bring to us the fantastic SECOND LIFE.
    Wherever he goes he will be always THE LINDEN LAB FOUNDER and the Godfather of SL.

    I am sure those insights will come back again and we will be suprised with more new ideas from this visionary.


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  142. Xio Jester says:

    I agree 100% w/ Ricky Yates…good luck findin’ the right guy/woman

  143. Kiwidude Klinger says:

    Often an entrepreneur isn’t best suited to the mundane aspects of company management. Nothing wrong with that – as long as it’s recognised and dealt with, as seems to be the case.

    Philip I wish you well in your new role, we know you cop a lot of flack, but at the same time you have much to be proud of.

    Looking forward to seeing SL mature toward a more open democratic format (if that is ever possible for a private company).

    See you in-world.


  144. Zi Ree says:

    Good luck for your new job, Philip! We need visions inside of SL as much as Linden Lab needs a focused CEO outside. Just tell them not to break the spirit of Second Life ๐Ÿ™‚

  145. Anji Mars says:

    Good luck in your next phase Philip!

  146. James Canto says:

    NO! please phillip u cant…u are the best you made second life what it is today…please dont go!!!

  147. Shai Khalifa says:

    Not an easy decision to have made I”m sure – but one that probably brought a feeling of relief and release once made.

    It takes a brave person to realise when it’s time to hand their life’s work over to someone else – but I can’t see you jeopardising it either – by handing it to someone unsuitable.

    Good luck – bet you’re looking forward to the new role…

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