Ebbe Altberg

Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab's CEO.

Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab’s CEO.

As I’ve already reported, Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg (in-world name: Ebbe Linden) dropped by at the TPV developer meeting this Friday (June 20, 2014) and mentioned that the Lab is working on a new, next-generation virtual world.

Please note that TPV meetings are held in a combination of voice and real-time text chat. Besides the next-generation virtual world news, important developments for Second Life itself were discussed, and this prolonged the meeting greatly – two full hours.

Important updates were provided by Oz Linden, Jessica Lyon (of the Firestorm Team), Dolphin Linden and others. To listen to Ebbe Linden, skip to 0:51:19 (51’19”) in the video. For the latest reactions to the next-gen viewer news, skip to 1:39:00 (1hr 39′). You can watch the video after the break:

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ebbe-altbergAs I wrote yesterday, Latif Khalifa reported on the SL Universe forums that Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg confirmed in an “oh, by the way” manner during the TPV developer meeting of Friday 20th that the Lab is working on a new, next-generation virtual world. The story was reported by Ciaran Laval, and Inara Pey blogged on it in far greater detail (complete with an excerpt of her audio recording of the meeting) – and I hope her reports might help (to whatever extent) do away with the FUD that started circulating shortly after Latif made his post on the SLU forums. In the meantime, the story was picked up by various blogs and commentary platforms of varying reliability and credibility.

What will follow will be the details I gathered from the initial posts, from Inara’s post, and from Ebbe Altberg’s replies on  the forum and on Twitter, and also I’m going to give my own thoughts on the matter.

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Ebbe Altberg is Linden Lab's new CEO

Ebbe Altberg is Linden Lab’s new CEO

On January 25, I had reported that Rod Humble was no longer Linden Lab’s CEO. His resignation caused quite a stir in the Second Life-related blogosphere, with the usual amount of speculation as to why he resigned, what the future holds for the Lab and Second Life (this, of course, included a good deal of “the sky is falling” commentary), and who should/would replace him.

Today, white smoke rose from the chimney of LL’s conclavium and we can finally say “Habemus CEO“. A few hours ago, I saw on Jo Yardley’s blog the news that Ebbe Altberg was appointed to be Linden Lab’s new CEO. The Lab itself also issued a press release to announce this.

I quote part of the announcement:

SAN FRANCISCO — February 5, 2014 — Linden Lab®, the makers of Second Life®, Blocksworld, Desura, and more, today announced that Ebbe Altberg will lead the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“We remain committed to world-changing innovation from Linden Lab,” said Jed Smith of the company’s Board of Directors. “We’re keenly focused on providing incredible experiences for all of our customers, and Ebbe is the perfect person to help lead our team as we continue to serve and grow our global audience of active users.”

“Linden Lab has long been at the forefront of building experiences that entertain people while empowering them to express themselves and profit from their creations,” said Altberg. “Our customers’ creativity is unparalleled, and I’m proud to join the talented team that serves them. Second Life is now in its eleventh year, and every day, users continue to create more and more amazing experiences to enjoy. Though much younger, Blocksworld has already seen hundreds of thousands of unique user-created worlds shared for everyone to play with. I’m absolutely committed to supporting our customers and helping them become even more successful. There are significant opportunities ahead, and I look forward to leading us into the next phase of growth.”

As Inara Pey points out, this announcement puts an end to roughly two weeks of silence on the Lab’s part after Mr. Humble’s resignation. I also want to remind everyone that Mr. Humble announced his resignation from his position as LL’s CEO on his Facebook account and broke the news to Jo Yardley on January 24th. Personally, I choose to refrain from commenting on what lies ahead for Linden Lab and Second Life with Mr. Altberg at the helm, as I’m not familiar with his previous work and also because I’d rather not pass judgement before I see what he does with the company. As a Second Life user and enthusiast, I hope that his tenure will be one that will improve Second Life for its users and will make it more successful. I also hope that he will make the entire portfolio of Linden Lab more successful.

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