Philip Rosedale

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philip Rosedale
Philip Rosedale in 2021 by Chris Michel 1d35908-4-26.jpg
Philip Rosedale 2021
Born (1968-09-29) September 29, 1968 (age 54)[1]
San Diego, California, United States
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
OccupationCEO at High Fidelity Inc
Known forFounder of Linden Lab and High Fidelity Inc

Philip Rosedale (born September 29, 1968) is an American entrepreneur who founded Linden Lab, which develops and hosts the virtual world Second Life.


Early life[edit]

Rosedale was born in San Diego, California, in 1968.[1] He took an interest in computers, technology, and virtual reality from an early age.[1] He started his own company selling database systems to small businesses at 17, used the proceeds to fund his college education[citation needed] and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and computer science from the University of California, San Diego.[1]


In 1995, Rosedale created an Internet video conferencing product (called "FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks, where (in 1996) he went on to become vice president and chief technology officer.[2][3] A year later Rosedale left RealNetworks and founded Linden Lab, named after a street in Hayes Valley (a neighborhood in San Francisco). With the creation of Second Life, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of creating an Internet-scale virtual world.[2] In 2006, he and Linden Lab received WIRED's Rave Award for Innovation in Business.[4][5] On March 14, 2008, Rosedale announced he would be stepping down as the CEO of Linden Lab and assuming the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors.[6]

Rosedale had stated that his goal with Second Life was to demonstrate a viable model for a virtual economy or virtual society. In his own words: "We don't see this as a game. We see it as a platform that is, in many ways, better than the real world" (Google TechTalks, March 2006).[7]

In 2008, Linden Lab's Second Life was one of three products to win a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award in the category of "User Generated Content – Game Modification".[8]

In October 2009, Rosedale announced that he would be less involved in the development of Second Life, because he was focusing on a new project.[9] The announced project turned out to be a company named LoveMachine Inc, founded with Ryan Downe.[10]

Scenery from Second Life in 2012.

In June 2010, he announced that he was back to the office as CEO of Linden Lab.[11] However, in October 2010, Rosedale announced he was leaving his position as interim CEO.[12]

In November 2011, Rosedale released a new project named Coffee and Power,[13] a site that Rosedale calls a "meta-company," that enables people to connect for small jobs and services.[14] On April 16, 2013, Coffee & Power posted to their company blog that they were going to stop work on Workclub, their mobile application and begin work on a new company named High Fidelity Inc.[15]

In January 2022, High Fidelity acquired an interest in Linden Research and Philip Rosedale rejoined to Second Life as a strategic advisor.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Philip Rosedale is married to Yvette Rosedale. He lives in San Francisco with his four children.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d Manthorpe, Rowland (2016-10-24). "Remember Second Life? Now it's being reborn in virtual reality". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ a b Archived 2010-03-17 at the Wayback Machine Linden Lab profile of Rosedale
  3. ^ FreeVue site on web archive
  4. ^ Wired Staff (June 1, 2006). "The Other Fed Chief". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  5. ^ Kohler, Chris (February 27, 2007). "Second Life, Now With Voice". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  6. ^ Pasick, Adam (March 14, 2008). "Second Life founder Rosedale to step down as CEO". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  7. ^ "Glimpse inside a metaverse: the virtual world of Second Life". Readable. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Winners Of 59th Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Announced By National Television Academy At Consumer Electronics Show". Emmy Online. January 8, 2008. Archived from the original on June 18, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Next Chapter!". Philip Rosedale. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  10. ^ "Philip Rosedale Unveils New Company: "LoveMachine Inc" Offers AI, Destruction of the Ego, Lots of Money-Making". New World Notes. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  11. ^ Rao, Leena (June 24, 2010). "Amidst Turmoil, Linden Lab's CEO Steps Down". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  12. ^ Hoge, Patrick (October 20, 2010). "Interim Linden Lab CEO steps down". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  13. ^ Hardy, Quentin (November 6, 2011). "Bit by Bit, Work Exchange Site Aims to Get Jobs Done". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  14. ^ "Coffee & Power: Work For Each Other, Not The Man". Read Write Web. November 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  15. ^ "Update Coffee & Power and Workclub". Coffee & Power Blog. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  16. ^ "Press Releases". Linden Research, Inc. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  17. ^ Cox, Hugo (February 22, 2017). "Virtual reality pioneer Philip Rosedale (and his avatar)". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-03-09.

External links[edit]