Earlier today, Linden Lab announced the hiring of Brian Michon as Vice President of Core Development. Michon comes from Intuit, where he led software development of Web-service and platforms powering both hosted and desktop software including Quickbooks, TurboTax and Quicken as Vice President of Engineering.
Michon is supposed to tackle "scaling Second Life to provide a high-quality user experience, supporting the growth in virtual worlds and evolving the platform to ignite a new wave of product innovation." Which appears to make the role indistinguishable from that of the Senior Vice President of Customer Applications, the new Chief Product Officer and the new Creative Director, all of whom are described as having broadly identical jobs.
At least, Linden Lab has not thus-far been able to explain to us what distinguishes any of these positions from any of the others, so at the end of the day, it isn't clear what any of these positions might actually contribute to the Second Life platform or services and whether we or you should feel excited about them.
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