I am deeply shocked to hear the sad news about Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has passed away. Today Patch Linden posted this tribute blog post named Remembering Ebbe. My deepest condolences to all who knew him.
The cause of Ebbe’s passing has not been made public according to various sources. The last public appearance of Ebbe was earlier this year at OZ Linden retriement gathering event.
Ebbe Altberg became CEO of Linden Lab back on 5th February 2014 and changed Second Life for the better in my eyes. Ebbe brought more transparency between the lab and the Second Life community. Ebbe had good communications going on via Twitter with the residents of Second Life. He attended VWBPE many times over the years and other big events. He participated in Lab Gab many times, launched his own Linden Bear in 2019 and had many great memories with the community.
First meet and greet with Ebbe back on 18th February 2014. Ebbe said this back then “Second Life is just at the beginning of something huge and he hopes to make the online world more engaging and more social. He wants Second Life to be more appealing to a larger audience and to have a massive scale of users using Second Life in the long-term”.
I think Ebbe was the best CEO Second Life ever had after Philip Rosedale departure. It’s going to feel strange now without him not being around any more.
Ebbe understood Second Life and made a huge difference in so many ways. Like bringing in Project Bento, Mesh, EEP, annual snowball fights, attending big events, reduced mainland costs, launched the second generation of Linden Homes and so much more.
As many know he worked on Sansar for many years while managing Second Life on the other hand and believed VR was the way forward.
The blog post reads this…
Hello, Community of Second Life
Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books. Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges. In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together. Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls – this thing called real life sometimes knocks on our door and makes a call.
This is one of those calls.
Ebbe Altberg started with Linden Lab as our CEO on February 5th, 2014. He took the helm of the company and immediately went to work on reinvigorating our spirit and culture. Ebbe brought a profound openness, and transparency in his operation which was key and that had many effects on all of us internally, and externally. Lindens were encouraged to be part of the vibrant community in Second Life, to participate in and to cherish it as part of our daily duties. Ebbe also worked internally on embracing all aspects of Second Life, learning about its many nuances to understand impacts of decisions we make; while being sensitive to those and utilizing all of our resources, which firstly included you, the community, and many of us who are deeply embedded in Second Life. Ebbe’s goals for Second Life included promoting Second Life as the world’s best virtual world, community and platform. He also sought new adventures in building next generation products.
As I am here before you today, it is with profound sadness that I share with you Ebbe passed away yesterday evening restfully and surrounded by the love of his family.
I commit to all of you to carry forward with our mission of making Second Life the biggest, best, most vibrant virtual world that there ever can be. Together, myself, Grumpity, and Brett, along with Oberwolf at the helm and the entire team, our mission is clear. To grow Second Life and to ensure the Residents in Second Life continue to be respected and happy.
Rest in peace Ebbe, our fearless, kind, loving, gentle leader, and friend.
Rest in peace Ebbe. You will be deeply be missed.
Second Life won’t be the same now.
(Ebbe Linden: 2014-2021)