Phil Rosedale is one fascinating character

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to start a company and then decide you don’t like managing people.

As nervous as any Linden Lab employee would likely be with the installation of a new boss at Second Life Central, I can’t help but think that Rosedale’s open hostility toward working with people (I’m still blown away that he said that in public) probably is making Team Linden think that some needed fresh air is about to blow through the office.

Stuff like this makes me more and more convinced that Second Life has succeeded not because of the genius of Rosedale (but surely he would dispute this, seeing as he’s a freakin’ visionary and all) but instead because of the resilience of the 10-ish percent of the user base that sticks around after giving Second Life a try.

Please, Kingdon, keep Rosedale in some closet where he can “think” and “be visionary.” You have a company to fix.

7 Responses

  1. It’s just a move for the investors. Same move Sam Rothstein did in the movie “Casino” …they stick a marketing PR business dude in the C.E.O. figurehead slot. Phil owns LL and SL… he’s not given up anything, just changed his title for the public.

  2. I don’t see Philip’s move as a bad one. He founded a company to make his vision real, he was a good boy for the time he had to work as CEO and used opportunity to move back working on what he likes. Sure, there are some things that he shouldn’t do and some that he could do better, but after all he is not Problem Linden.

  3. Suffice to say, dandelion, that there is a diversity of opinion on Phil Rosedale.

  4. Sure there is. Actually, very few residents will be 100% on any side.

  5. Excellence is in execution, not ideas. All Uncle Phil’s really doing is confirming that he cannot get past ideas into execution, and that there’s an underlying reason for his company’s generally lousy execution.

  6. Alberik, although you could say that he IS an idea & execution guy. He thought of the idea of second life, then made it happen. … it’s taken a life of it’s own, and Phil Linden never thought that far.

  7. Doubledown, no you couldn’t. ‘Making it happen’ is not execution. He’s said himself that execution, ‘people management’, does not matter to him.

    LL’s code is about as bad as its customer relations, its willingness to listen to users, its habit of speaking in incomprehensible legalese. LL shows lousy execution in all those areas because its outgoing CEO does not care to ensure LL’s people perform in those areas.

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