Linden Lab CEO Kingdon Quits

Linden Lab CEO Mark Kingdon has resigned two weeks after the Second Life parent cut 30 percent of its staff. Kingdon was a big name hire for the company when he was brought on two years ago to replace founder Philip Rosedale; he had previously been the CEO of Omnicom digital agency Organic.

Kingdon was tasked with helping “the company scale — to thousands of people and tens of millions of users of Second Life,” but while Second Life has managed to hold on to its members, it hasn’t been able to regain the buzz it once had and has been surpassed by a series of newer social sites.

In announcing the cutbacks earlier this month, Kingdon had said he wanted to “make Second Life more accessible and relevant to a wider population” — goals which didn’t sound that different from what the company had said it wanted to do back in 2008.

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