A group of Second Life avatarsBob Komin, Linden Lab’s CFO and COO has departed Linden Lab after a more than two-and-a-half year stint through some pretty tough times at the company.

Komin turned the company around from Q2 2010 to Q1 2011, reversing the company’s high cash burn-rate and guiding it to record profitability as the head of the Global Technical Operations, QA, Customer Support, IT, HR, Legal, Finance and Accounting teams.

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There’s a prevailing attitude among Second Life users that Linden Lab should, essentially, “Figure out what the customer wants, and then figure out how to provide that profitably” to paraphrase Wayfinder Wishbringer talking about Blue Mars, and 3D virtual environments generally. It neatly sums up how many – or perhaps most of us feel about how 3D virtual environments and how they’re designed and operated.

However, it isn’t as simple as that. Nothing ever really is, it seems.

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“Doing less, better,” Rosedale said at SLCC this year. Well, one thing the Lab has a lot less of is its executives.

With the departure of the Vice President of core development, there are now just four company executives left on the books at Linden Lab.

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There’s talk that Linden Lab interim CEO Philip Rosedale – who recently said he would be the big chair until everything was settled and the Lab had gotten itself to where it wanted to be – is no longer showing up for work, and back loving the Love Machine.

That, of course, would be an indication that the Lab had been being somewhat dishonest with its communications, so it’s pretty easy to discount, especially as it involved no uptick in corroborative chatter among the folks that Linden Lab staff usually leak information to, and for about an hour, I ignored it.

However, as it turns out, it looks like it is the real deal.

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