Philip Rosedale

American businessman, founder of Second Life

Philip Rosedale (born September 29, 1968) is an American entrepreneur, best known as the founder of the virtual world Second Life.

Philip Rosedale, 2014


  • It's a bit like The Matrix... We provide the land, and the community builds the actual world, which gives everyone a huge sense of being pioneers in a great experiment.
  • I started doing electronics when I was a little kid, in the 5th or 6th grade, buying computer parts at a swap meet and writing my first programs. Simple things just blew my mind with respect to the sort of infinite simulation or combinatorial possibility inside the computer. My personal obsession from my childhood was that I just wanted to recreate reality inside the computer and then go in there.
  • I think the magic of Silicon Valley is not in fostering risk-taking, but instead in making it safe to work on risky things.

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