Who We Are

We develop platforms that empower everyone to create virtual experiences.

About Linden Lab

In 2003, we launched Second Life, the pioneering virtual world that’s been enjoyed by millions of people and seen billions of dollars transacted among users in its economy.

In 2019, we unveiled Tilia, a registered money services business and fully licensed money transmitter that powers virtual economies.

Linden Lab was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Seattle, Boston, Davis, and Charlottesville.



OUR VALUES

Tao of Linden

The Tao of Linden was created at the very beginning of Linden Lab, and it continues to be our guiding principles to this day.

Respect Everyone

Say, “Good morning!” Be passionate and civil. Disagree respectfully. Don’t say anything about someone you wouldn’t say to them. Have empathy for the amazing people who use our products. View our worlds through their eyes.

Assume Good Intent

Trust each other and be trustworthy.

Teams are Stronger than Individuals

No one person can do it all. We all bring different value to our work.

Diverse Teams are Even Stronger

Value different perspectives, different points of view. Value everyone’s different life experiences, and the different paths we all took to get here. We will make better decisions, better products, and better lives.

Own Your Success and Your Failures

Celebrate our wins. Learn from our losses. If you don’t fail sometimes you aren’t really trying.

Disagree and Commit

Have strong opinions. Defend your ideas. Then make a decision. Once we make a decision, even if it didn’t go your way, own it. Let go of your baggage and start marching in the direction of everyone else.

Be humble in the face of our awe inspiring world

What we do is too big, too complicated for any one person to hold in their head. There are more wonders out there than any one person can imagine. Our creators will build worlds we could never have anticipated. Our coworkers will invent things that would have never occurred to us. Be open to all of the possibilities.

The Answers Are Outside

Test. Experiment. Learn. Challenge your preconceived notions. Check conventional wisdom, especially your own. You will not find the answers to your questions in a conference room.

Pass on what you have learned

Shout your discoveries from the rooftops. Teach everyone around you. Mentor and be mentored. Help others use what you know.

Make change on a global scale

Our work brings people together, builds communities. Our work helps people understand who they are, helps them be better. Our work brings empathy, helps people see the world through others’ eyes. Settle for nothing less than changing the world for the better.

Management

Brad Oberwager

Executive Chairman

Brad Oberwager has spent his entire career in technology and consumer focused companies as an entrepreneur and board member.

Currently, he sits on the board of two public companies, Asure Software (NASDAQ: ASUR) and Better World (NASDAQ: BWACU). He is the chairman of two companies he founded, Jyve and Sundia and is also on the board of TEGSCO (aka AutoReturn). He owned Bare Snacks, acquired by PepsiCo in 2018.

Brad was Vice-chair of YPO International, a global organization of 25,000 CEOs.

Brad received his BS from Georgetown University, his MBA from the Wharton School and lives in San Francisco.


Ebbe Altberg

CEO, Second Life

Ebbe Altberg comes to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office.

In 2000, Ebbe moved to Ingenio, Inc., where he headed up product and had a stint as interim CEO. As Chief Product Officer, he lead Ingenio to become an innovative telephony and marketplace company, which was ultimately acquired by at&t Interactive in 2007.

Ebbe then joined Yahoo! in Europe as VP Head of Audience, with responsibility for all consumer-facing products and affairs. After a couple of years he was promoted to SVP Media Products, a group of about 800 engineering and product people that created the Yahoo! homepage, news, sports, finance, and entertainment products and platforms.

Most recently, Ebbe went back to a small startup, BranchOut, where he was the COO and managed the teams building products for professionals such as BranchOut and Talk.co.

Aston Waldman

Chief Financial Officer
CEO, Tilia

Aston Waldman is Chief Financial Officer at Linden Lab, overseeing Finance, Accounting, Tax, HR, IT and Facilities.

Prior to Linden Lab, Aston served as Corporate Controller at Trion Worlds, Inc. Aston began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked on a wide range of clients including Chevron, URS and SunPower.

He is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.


Cammy Bergren

Chief of Staff

Cammy has extensive leadership experience in product, operations and people roles. She started her career working in engineering, product and change management in the Financial Services Group of Accenture. After taking a year off to travel the world, she launched and operated several companies. She was VP Product at eCommerce site, more.com, and COO of outsourcing provider Prialto. Cammy also served as CEO of outsourcing provider Camp6 and President of luxury educational travel company, World Leaders Travel. She was COO at Bare Snacks, which was acquired in 2014 by VMG and sold to PepsiCo in 2018. In 2015, she cofounded ‘skills as a service’ platform, Jyve Corporation, and served as COO and CPO.

Emily Stonehouse

Chief Compliance Officer

Emily Stonehouse is the Chief Compliance Officer at Linden Lab, where she is responsible for the company’s compliance functions. Emily has over 20 years of experience and joined Linden Lab from Pacific Coast Bankers Bank (PCBB), where she served as the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer. In that role she completely restructured the BSA Program to meet current regulatory expectations. Prior to PCBB, Emily was Vice President of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Operations at Charles Schwab, as well as the AML Officer for optionsXpress, a subsidiary of Schwab. In these roles she worked extensively with regulators, auditors and various internal stakeholders to comply with the laws and regulations for anti-money laundering and sanctions programs.

David J. Kim

General Counsel

David is the General Counsel at Linden Lab. In his capacity as General Counsel, David oversees all legal affairs of the company and collaborates closely on commercialization efforts in payments related offerings. David brings more than 20 years of experience as a legal executive in the payments industry. David started in the payments industry at CyberSource Corporation, a company he helped take public in 1999 and where he served as General Counsel until the company was acquired by Visa in 2010. At Visa, David served as SVP and Chief Counsel, where he and his team supported merchant related initiatives globally. After Visa, David held various General Counsel roles at startups that focused on blockchain, bitcoin, and capital markets.

Ray Johnson

VP of Engineering, Tilia

Ray Johnson is the VP of Engineering at Tilia. Ray has published multiple technical papers, spoke at various technical conferences, and contributed to a book on internet technology. Ray has earned a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University (summa cum laude) and a masters degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (summa cum laude).

Ray brings over 25 years of experience managing engineering teams in Silicon Valley at such companies as Lockheed Artificial Research Center (AIC), Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Scriptics, Full Tilt Poker and Ingenio. Just prior to joining Tilia, Ray was SVP of Engineering at Yellowpages.com where he helped grow the company to over $1B in internet advertising revenue.

Anya Kanevsky

VP of Product, Second Life

Anya Kanevsky heads up Second Life Product, where she has overseen a shift to growth, a stronger, more balanced economy, movement towards better community cohesion, and an overall forward-looking approach.

Prior to working for Linden Lab (first joining as a contractor in 2009 and then full-time in 2014), she was involved in a number of industries, including tech, higher ed, and oil & gas. She enjoys exploring worlds both virtual and physical and takes pride in building bridges - personal and professional.

Anya holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s from same in Computer Science & Psychology. She finds leading the Second Life product a joy because it allows her to draw on both areas of study.



Eric Nix

VP of Product Operations, Second Life

Eric Nix is Vice President of Product Operations at Linden Lab where he works to bring the best of product and support decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life. He also maintains oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business.

Eric started as a Resident in 2004 before joining Linden Lab in 2007. Prior to joining Linden Lab, he held leadership roles focused on customer service and product development where he always maintained a customer-first focus while striving to deliver best-in-class products and services. Eric has a deep passion for creativity and uses that to bring enjoyment to others. He continues to evolve his skills to include virtual worlds, 3D Design, 3D printing, modeling, photography and filmography.

Board of Directors

Brad Oberwager

Brad Oberwager has spent his entire career in technology and consumer focused companies as an entrepreneur and board member.

Currently, he sits on the board of two public companies, Asure Software (NASDAQ: ASUR) and Better World (NASDAQ: BWACU). He is the chairman of two companies he founded, Jyve and Sundia and is also on the board of TEGSCO (aka AutoReturn). He owned Bare Snacks, acquired by PepsiCo in 2018.

Brad was Vice-chair of YPO International, a global organization of 25,000 CEOs.

Brad received his BS from Georgetown University, his MBA from the Wharton School and lives in San Francisco. 

J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield

Mr. J. Randall (Randy) Waterfield, is the Chairman of Waterfield Holdings, which traces its origins to 1928. After selling the largest private mortgage company in the US and largest Indiana based bank in 2006 and 2007 respectively, he diversified into technology, manufacturing and other industries.

Randy holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a graduate of Harvard University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Red Oak Partners, Waterfield Technologies, Linden Research, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of YPO (and was the 2017-2018 Chairman of YPO), Asure Software ( NASDAQ: ASUR), SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTX), RF Industries (NASDAQ: RFIL), among others. He is also the Co-Chairman of Missouri Cobalt, LLC, the largest cobalt mine in North America.

Randy supports various education, environmental and community development charitable causes through the nonprofit Waterfield Foundation and J. Randall Waterfield Foundation.

Raj Date

Raj Date was the first-ever Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As the Bureau’s second-ranking official, he helped steward the CFPB’s strategy, its operations, and its policy agenda. He also served on the senior staff committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and as a statutory deputy to the FDIC Board.

Before being appointed Deputy Director, Raj acted as the interim leader of the new agency, serving as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. He led the CFPB for most of the first six months after its launch.

Currently, Raj is the Managing Partner of Fenway Summer, an advisory and investment firm focused on financial services and financial technology. In that capacity, he chairs the investment committee of Fenway Summer Ventures, a fintech venture capital fund, and works with clients of FS Vector, the fintech advisory firm. He also serves as a Director for a number of innovative firms in financial services: Prosper, the marketplace lender; Green Dot, the bank holding company; Circle, the digital asset firm; Grasshopper, a de novo bank; and College Ave, a private student lender.

He is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (highest honors) and the Harvard Law School (magna cum laude).