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Posted: Sep 28th 2009 10:27AM (Unverified) said

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I guess the Amsterdam office will be the "mature" section of the operation.

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 11:08AM (Unverified) said

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I wonder if this will allow them to be less short sighted about where their community staff are based? Or iof they will continue to be unable to make the most of talented community staff from all around the globe, because they don't live in the Bay Area, or even Boston! YES!! LL, there are places outside of the US of A!!! I know this is a shock to you, but there's this thing called a global community...

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 11:25AM (Unverified) said

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Well, the Lab apparently prefers contractors and employees to be in the same tax domain as one of their formal offices-with-payroll. I've been told (though not been able to verify) that there's been some culling (though far from total) of contractors and employees who don't match that criteria.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2009 11:44AM (Unverified) said

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Look at the job description for their community communications manager, Tateru - the post has been advertised since Feb, and they won't entertain applications from anywhere else in the world. How can they be marketing themselves as the go to place for remote working, when they can't make the most of talent from countries even where they have a formal office. They are obviously having difficulty filling the role, yet appear to refuse to applications from outside the US.

Posted: Sep 28th 2009 12:05PM (Unverified) said

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Last I looked, they required the position to be in the SF office specifically - though that might have been a previous incarnation of the position.
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Posted: Sep 28th 2009 4:29PM (Unverified) said

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Setting up in Europe can have tax advantages for a US company. Folks like Sun Microsystems, Nike, and Coca Cola have shell companies there for tax purposes. Royalties on earnings that go through a holding corp are tax exempt. Of course, if you want to bring that into the US, the Treasury then wants a slice, but so long as you use the capital for European investments, it's a neat way of leveraging earnings.

Having overseas holdings also spreads the risk. For example, my current UK pension plans are doing much better than my US because of differences in allocations and the relative values of dollars and sterling.

When Mark Linden took over last year, he was explicit about the notion of growth, and taking advantage of a global economy is par for the course if you are in expansion mode.

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 3:55AM (Unverified) said

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ROFLMAO!!! AMSTERDAM!!! :D
In SL and RL one of the most notoriously *Adult* of cities!!!!
Perhaps they will name their office "Linden Labs --- Zindra office"

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 2:42AM (Unverified) said

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ROFLMAO!!! ---- AMSTERDAM!!!!!!
Perhaps RL & SL's most notoriously ADULT cities!!!
Maybe they will call it the Zindra office of Linden Labs :D

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 6:04AM (Unverified) said

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Ironically, I think, the words "step up" in your title are now acquiring a rather different meaning for many SL residents. See: http://stepupsl.wordpress.com/

Posted: Sep 29th 2009 6:54AM (Unverified) said

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That's something I hadn't considered, though Step Up is something I'm planning to write about.
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Posted: Sep 29th 2009 10:08AM (Unverified) said

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Hopefully that will also mean starting to look for a co-location facility in Europe. We were hoping for that since the days of their opening of the Brighton office in the UK (almost across the Channel from Amsterdam ;) ). Granted, Brighton is not famed for its big Internet connectivity (they'd have to be on the massive London Docklands node for that), but Amsterdam certainly is! As a matter of fact, they are historically the Internet hub for Europe since the 1990s.

So I guess this would be a "perfect" location for an European grid (London being a close second choice; probably somewhere in Scandinavia a third choice).

Needless to say, hosting in Amsterdam would freely allow gambling and adult content — but slightly less violence ;)

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