Second Life Insiders
By David F. Carr | Posted 03-01-2007
Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life, is a pioneer in the development of streaming media technology.
Founder & CEO
Rosedale is a pioneer in the development of streaming media technology. After developing a low-bandwidth videoconferencing system called FreeVue in 1995, he sold his company to RealNetworks in 1996 and became its chief technology officer, overseeing the development of RealVideo and other products. In 1999, he joined venture capital firm Accel Partners as an entrepreneur-in-residence, and began researching ideas that led to the creation of Second Life.
A computer industry leader for the past two decades, Kapor rose to prominence as the founder and CEO of Lotus Development. He was also an early investor in UUNet Technology and RealNetworks, and was a partner in Accel Partners when Rosedale was there. In an interview with Reuters, he characterized the market Linden Lab is pursuing as a $100 billion opportunitybut only in the long run, once the technology has a chance to mature.
Chief Technology Officer
Ondrejka leads the team developing the Second Life platform, including simulation of the virtual world on distributed servers, 3D streaming media, and the in-world tools that allow avatars to customize their own appearance and collaboratively create objects. He championed the decision to allow users to retain intellectual property rights to their creations. He has been a computer game programmer for Pacific Coast Power and Light and for Acclaim, but has also programmed electronic warfare systems. A former lieutenant commander in the Navy, he earned degrees in computer science and weapons and systems engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power School, and worked at the National Security Agency.
Vice President, Platform & Technology Development
Since joining the company in April 2006, Miller has concentrated on extending the Second Life platform to reliably support very large member communities. His resume includes 30 years of experience at gaming companies such as Atari and Sega of America. In the computer learning field, he was a founder and CEO of the Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio and president of MindQ Publishing, two companies focused on lifelong learning services and applications. Perilux Group, which he founded prior to joining Linden Lab, designed products now offered by LeapFrog, Bright Things, Apple and Fitniks.
Vice President, Community and Support
Harper is responsible for shaping the evolution of the rapidly growing community of Second Life users, working to resolve social and economic issues that arise within the virtual world as well as listening to concerns about Second Life technology. Before joining Linden Lab in 2002, Harper was vice president of marketing at Maxis, a division of Electronic Arts, where among other things she helped establish SimCity as one of the most recognized brands in entertainment software.
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