Well any company that is either taking it to the next level or.... falling apart changes the CEO position
I am betting they are staging themselves for the next level, I don't think this is a negative at all, and the guy probably needed a break. lol
Lol @ Dave-- yes a CEObot! That would be appropriate, with the Alice AI engine running its dialogue! And Freely morphing into the ideal sex, shape and textures depending on the interests and likes of whom it is engaged with!
Yea! oh wait that would be Escortbot! nvm!
Editorial Comment; I'm sure the board gave him a deadline to turn things around as far as stability goes and his first step was to dump his CTO who clearly has no clue about large scale multiuser systems. When the signup rate flattened and the problems failed to clear up Phillip's time limit expired and had to go. VCs don't have much tolerance for poor management particularly when it risks their investment. The competition is moving fast and if SL doesn't get stable, fast, they're going the way of Lotus 1-2-3 (pun intended).
I was shocked to discover the news today. For those of us resident who have been arond since alpha/early beta phase, it was not uncommon to sit alongside Phil and discuss the future of this brainchild. He is an amazing individual, but I think history has proven that he knows exactly what he is doing. Wether this is an indication of troubles, or a step into the next generation of Second life remains to be seen. He has said that he intends to remain active with Second life, just in the capacity of Chairman of the Board. It's just sort of a double whammy. First Corey leaves, and then Phil changes poitions.
Ah, well. He'll still be the hottest chair at the table.
Maybe Philip will get to spend some time inworld having fun.
I don't recall how old he is, but he should probably be thinking about doing everrthing he wants to do that is best done with a reasonably unwrinkled face, a full head of hair, and pre-presbyopic eyes.
I haven't the slight idea who might become CEO. This announcement took me by surprise. I spend a large amount of time reading about virtual worlds, so if I should have known about this from reading then I'm reading the wrong places.
I have a suspicion that having a sterner, bossier guy in charge won't magically enable Second Lifre to start working better.
I think stepping down for whatever reason was the best and right thing to do. It should have happened awhile ago. If SL is going to survive it needs a lot of work. With the RIGHT choice as a replacement I believe much good can come from this change. Having said that, as far as a replacement... I would love to see someone external with a good deal of experience, but knowing the Linden's and the way they have operated in the past, it might also possibly be internal. In that case, my guess leans towards Gene Yoon aka Ginsu Yoon aka Ginsu Linden.