Cory Ondrejka

Cory Ondrejka

Fellow, Network Culture Project

USC Annenberg

Cory Ondrejka is the co-creator of Second Life, where he architected the core code and hired the team responsible for Second Life's growth to over 12 million residents. The ecosystems he helped create led directly to the success of Second Life, as well as the ongoing use of Second Life as a platform for music, education, and business. Before Linden Lab, Ondrejka traveled an eclectic path from the US Naval Academy and nuclear power to defense contracting and video game development. More recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Global Digital Marketing and Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy for EMI Music, and was a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he taught a course on online communities and coordinated the MacArthur-grant driving research for the Public Diplomacy and Network Culture Project.