Philip Rosedale is the founder of Second Life, the first ever metaverse. A lifelong entrepreneur, in 1995, Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called “FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where, in 1996, he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks and founded Linden Lab to create Second Life, fulfilling a lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world.
In 2009, Rosedale left his CEO role at Linden Lab and co-founded LoveMachine as a lab to build several new ideas at the edge of work, computing, commerce, and intelligence. Out of this work grew Worklist, a global community of web developers, as well as Coffee & Power – an experiment in co-working and facilitating connections using emerging mobile device capabilities. At the beginning of 2013, the team at Coffee & Power became High Fidelity, a spatial audio company that built a new virtual world platform for emerging VR Headsets.In 2022, Philip rejoined Second Life as a strategic advisor after High Fidelity invested in Second Life’s developer Linden Lab.