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Mark Pincus      

Investor, Chairman & Co-Founder of Zynga Inc.

Entrepreneur Mark Pincus is founder and former CEO of social media gaming company Zynga - named after his late bulldog. Zynga makes games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends, that can be played on Facebook, which in February announced its own plans to go public. Pincus is known to be an early investor in Facebook and reportedly put $40,000 into the company in 2004. Zynga recently announced a deal with Hasbro to create real-life versions of the company's online games. The San Francisco-based company is also exploring the possibility of moving into online gambling.

On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded, a pioneer in automating tech support, and took it public. In 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first web-based consumer push company. Mark started his career in new media and venture capital before he discovered his calling as a consumer technology entrepreneur. Mark also made founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook.

In July 2013, Mark stepped down from his role as CEO of Zynga.

Mark graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.


Mark Pincus is out again as Zynga CEO - The Verge

Less than a year after returning to lead the company he founded, Mark Pincus is once again out as CEO of Zynga. Today the social gaming company announced  ...

Mark Pincus

Mark Pincus cofounded Zynga, an online social game maker known for popular apps Words With Friends and FarmVille. Pincus stepped down as chief ...

Mark Pincus out as Zynga CEO - Business Insider

Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role as CEO of publicly-traded social game developer Zynga, less than a year after taking the reins in April 2015.

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