SLentrepreneur Profiles: And The 2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Award Nominees Are…

December 1st, 2008  |  Published in SL Entrepreneur Profiles  |  11 Comments

The nominees for SLENTRE.COM’s 2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Award have been announced. The 13 nominees were nominated by Second Life residents and profiled by SLENTRE.COM. SLentrepreneur’s readers have been invited to vote for their favorite and the top 3 Second Life entrepreneur’s with the most votes will be honored at the 2008 SLentrepreneur Award Ceremony (SLEAC) December 20th, 2008 at 1pm SLT. All residents are encouraged to attend this exciting event and meet some of Second Life’s most influential business men and women. So without further ado, the 2008 SLentrepeneur of the Year Nominees are:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, PrinterBrian Dowd










PrinterBrian Dowd SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Dakota Neumann










Dakota Neumann SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Hehehehe Noarlunga










Hehehehe Noarlunga SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Hunter Glass










Hunter Glass SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Mimi Juneau










Mimi Juneau SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Peter Stindberg










Peter Stindberg SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Riddik Straaf










Riddik Straaf SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Robustus Hax










Robustus Hax SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Rusch Raymaker










Rusch Raymaker SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Sachi Vixen










Sachi Vixen SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Saffia Widdershins










Saffia Widdershins SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Vette DeCuir










Vette DeCuir SLENTRE.COM Profile:

2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year Nominee, Zaplok Riggles










Zaplock Riggles SLENTRE.COM Profile:


  1. Claire Tenlby says:

    December 4th, 2008at 6:05 am(#)

    This doesn’t make sense – bar Sachi with her brand Adam and Eve.

    Where are the real business makers like Desmond Shang or the high revenue creators.

    This holds little credibility with the list published above.

  2. Peter Stindberg says:

    December 4th, 2008at 8:50 am(#)

    Well, thanks a lot Claire…

    You seem to confuse Entrepreneurship with generating high revenues. I can only speak for myself of course, but in the last 18 months I have worked hard to build my translation agency from a 1-man-show offering 2 languages to the largest and by now oldest translation agency in SL. I worked hard to not only cater to my high-profile reference customers, but also to give small business owners and even private clients the best possible treatment. I worked hard to be able to buy out a competing agency and provide their translators with work when the initial owner wanted to abandon the business. I worked hard to be able to afford to work for free for charities and good causes (while still paying my translators their regular fees).

    Yes, I do not make “big bucks” – not in RL terms, and probably not even in SL terms. But I worked hard to run an ethical and fair company, offering high standards and being open to a broad spectrum of clients.

    For me, that IS entrepreneurship, even though I can not quit my daytime job and life off SL.

  3. admin says:

    December 4th, 2008at 11:48 am(#)

    Thanks for the feedback. I would like to point out that all of the nominees were selected by Second Life residents and that Slentre has been soliciting nominations for almost a year now. SLentrepreneur profiled and nominated all residents that were suggested without censorship. If you perceive this list isn’t credible you only have yourself to blame. The list represents a select group of entrepreneurs chosen by their peers and I am proud to stand behind them as true SLentrepreneurs.
    Avarie Parker

  4. Sigmund Leominster says:

    December 4th, 2008at 12:39 pm(#)


    As Avarie said, thanks for your comment. As you are keenly aware, there are, as you say, actually many many people in the Second Life arena who are operating businesses. In a sense, there are so may that we set ourselves an almost-impossible task to create an SLentrepreneur of the Year award. And I am pretty sure that almost every business owner out there has a wonderful story to tell.

    To my way of thinking, the what we most wanted to do with this award was to demonstrate the breadth and passion that people have in creating something for a virtual world. Some folks may make thousands of US dollars, others may make thousands of Lindens. Our aim was not to find the richest or most profitable people but to highlight that people can be entrepreneurial at many levels.

    We also wanted to provide our readers with insights into the way such people thought and what they did in order to achieve their goals. We know that 90% of businesses in Second Life fail, so we wanted to show those that were currently succeeding.

    This will be an annual event so if you have any suggestions for the 2009 collection of entrepreneurs, we’d love to hear! Finding an entrepreneur is not a exact science, but we rely on people (a) identifying folks and (b) voting.

    Hey, if you have ideas for SLentrepreneur, just IM me in-world and we can have a chat over a virtual coffee; I know an entrepreneur not on the list who has a wonderful coffee shop…

  5. PrinterBrian Dowd says:

    December 4th, 2008at 12:57 pm(#)

    I actually make US dollars and not Lindens, but I am not looking at SL as a business, but a piece of a way I earn income. To me selling items or services in SL is just one of several ways one can leverage Second Life for business/income purposes.

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    December 10th, 2008at 4:38 pm(#)

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  7. Doubledown Tandino says:

    December 11th, 2008at 2:40 am(#)

    There’s no reason to jump on or tear down an awesome tip-of-the-hat contest like this one. This is called 2008 SLentrepreneur of the Year, brought to us by and its crew and readers. There’s nothing that needs to be official about this.

    This contest presented me and us with the opportunity to get to know these selected people. Prior to the contest, I only had heard of one name. After reading about them, I realized I knew much more.

    Sure, there’s hundreds of SL entrepreneurs not on this list, but so what, the nominees are each incredible people, valuable 2008 sl residents, and deserve to be up there. So what if others aren’t nominees… they’ll be other contests.

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  10. admin says:

    December 2nd, 2009at 11:28 am(#)

    Hi JaNa KYoMoon,

    Thank you so much for the nomination. We’ll seriously consider your recommendation.

    Avarie Parker

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