Let’s all get off our high horses and give them a rest. It is time to stop whining about Second Life and Linden Lab, and time for a reality check!
Think back to 1999, midnight on the 31st of December to be precise. As the world held its collective breath what were you doing? Were you sitting there wondering if the end of the technological world as you knew it was about to descend upon you? Had you stock piled your pantry? Or were you just celebrating the end of one century and the beginning of the next?
1999 was also the year Philip Rosedale started Linden Lab with Andrew Meadows.
As the clocks around the world moved into the year 2000 nothing happened, everything carried on as it had been doing.
Philip and Andrew were steadfast in the belief that what they were creating was a complex emergent system driven by an economy and the contributions of a lot of people, just like the Internet but in 3-D and live–you were really there. The other thing was this idea that it ought to be a creative space where people can be entrepreneurial if they want to.