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 an additional office in Atlanta.

our values

Tao of linden

The Tao of Linden provides the guiding principles across our organization.

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.

Work Together

We are engaged in a wildly ambitious and complex endeavor. We dream, stumble, and win only together. This requires an absence of politics and a level of collaboration you won't find in many companies. We not only respect, but actively seek out differing views, and then seek closure after dissent to move forward together. When you look back, do so to find ways to improve rather than to blame.

Walk in Our Residents' Shoes

We are blessed by some of the most informed, passionate, and committed customers imaginable. They are our reason for being, they are our world, and we call them Residents. They are an insuperable source of advantage and an awesome responsibility. In every choice you make, consider how your decision will impact their experience and the experience of the new residents we are working to add to the community.

Assume Good Intent and Practice Good Intent

There's love in the spirit of our mission, the enjoyment we take in each others' company, and the style and humor we have at our best. We're here because we're open to all the wonders of the world and the goodness in each other; even the cynics among us harbor the begrudging belief that all things are possible. This is a place where you can be you, and we ask you to make the choices that enable your colleagues to bring out the best in themselves. Moreover, in the absence of explicitly saying so, assume they are doing the same.

Be Thoughtful and Transparent.

We build trust through transparent and open communication. Be prolific in your communication but intentional and thoughtful, and remember that context is key. Report on your progress regularly and in language that best benefits its intended audience to ensure that it supports and drives actions versus just becoming noise.

Be Brave. Fail Fast. Fail Forward

We need to have a bias toward action and be decisive. We need to be brave enough to take on reasonable risks, learning from and accepting both successes and the occasional failure. We need to be vigilant in establishing success criteria first and in recognizing failures fast so as not to distract or constrain progress.