I don’t think the title has any relevance, it just made me giggle.
I was disappointed when i heard that Rod (rodvik) Humble was leaving Linden Lab. I’m probably as far away from any facts for why he decided to leave and have no idea about CEOs and how they function. When he first showed up three years ago there was a fresh feeling of optimism and with his ideas of adding some (in my opinion) much needed extra gaming tools i was very enthusiastic about SL’s future.
I’m disappointed because it seems from my point of view that he’s leaving without completing the one thing i wanted from his reign of SL and the more i think about it the more i start to feel gloomy about what exactly he has brought to SL. Don’t mix this up with what he’s brought to Linden Lab. Rod is leaving Linden Lab packed full of new IP’s, Desura, Patterns, Versu, Blocks World, Creatorverse.. oh and that DIO thing. As some of us lament the parting of Rod, i wonder how those communities in these other ‘creative spaces’ are feeling about a CEO change or if they even know about it?
Rod’s time in LL’s CEO chair may have been the biggest change of all for LL. Already i’ve seen calls for the next CEO to be someone who truly ‘GETS’ what SL is. But the next CEO won’t be solely watching over Second Life anymore, they will be looking to expand the possible success of Patterns and Versu, while reaping the benefits of Desura’s Indy Game Shop. When we think of Linden Lab in relation to Second Life, we are probably thinking about a small secret hidden from view team within Linden Lab now who are in charge of maintaining the grid. I often joke about how i think there is only five people at Linden lab who work on Second Life using many alts. Those User Group Meetings, same People just different Linden Alts :-p
But over all I’m pleased with the improvements Linden Lab has made to SL under Rod’s reign. I got Mesh, and Materials and stability and better region crossings. Things are a lot better and everything looks a lot better. Group Chat was improved and i got addicted to posting snapshots on SLfeed. But these are things that any member of Linden Lab could have gone to any CEO and said ‘this needs to be done’.
I have always been sat patiently waiting for the one thing that i thought we would remember Rod for, and that was to open up the ease of making games and more interactive engaging experiences which i believed and still believe will make the biggest difference to Second Life in ages. Instead it’s been a term of maintenance in Second Life. Maybe this direction is still on the cards if the next CEO agrees with it. I still rez in hope.
In a blog post from last summer, i referred to Rod Humbles time as CEO as SL’s ‘Dark Ages’, a period between the first and second eras of Second Life. Perhaps this is the best analogy i can give for Rob Humbles time at the Lab, i just wasn’t expecting to see him leave before we entered the second age.
I’m still pretty optimistic as it doesn’t feel nearly as bad as it did near the end of M Linden Reign.