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Dan Porter

Dan Porter is CEO of the social games company OMGPOP. With millions of active users across iPhone, Android, Facebook and the web the Company is ... More »Dan Porter is CEO of the social games company OMGPOP. With millions of active users across iPhone, Android, Facebook and the web the Company is actively releasing over 10 games a year across these platforms. OMGPOP is located in New York City, Previously he was the SVP corporate development managing investments for Richard Branson and the Virgin Group. Dan started out working with bands at RCA Records, was a public school teacher and President of the Teach For America program and President of Ticketweb which he sold to IAC. He has an AB from Princeton University and an MA from New York University and has studied at Berkelee College of Music as well as at INSEAD.

The Inside Story of The OMGPOP-Zynga Deal From The CEO, Investors & More!

We caught up with OMGPOP chief executive Dan Porter, Zynga’s chief mobile officer David Ko and board member and Spark Capital partner Bijan Sabet to get the inside story of how OMGPOP’s sale went down. It’s been a whirlwind six weeks for OMGPOP, which transformed from an also-ran social ...

OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

Described by CEO Dan Porter as a turn-based version of Pictionary, players are assigned things to draw, which can be simple (like a smile) or complicated (like a zombie), then their friends are supposed to guess what it is. Players have already created more than 20 million drawings...

Don’t call it a game: How Draw Something hit 30 million downloads — Tech News and Analy...

Instead, it’s more of a social communications app masquerading as a game, said OMGPOP CEO and Draw Something game designer Dan Porter. I sat down with Porter today at OMGPOP’s New York office and asked him about how he pulled off the immense success of Draw Something, which has ...

Draw Something to reward fans with new features

Dan Porter's company, the game publisher OMGPOP, had released about 35 games before he, as CEO, decided to try his own hand at game design. He had a goal: create a mobile game that would get 5 million downloads in three months. His concept to reach this goal? He had two specifications. ...

Living on the Edge: What OMGPOP’s Stunning Reversal Says about Modern Day Gaming

The other day, Dan Porter was in the elevator of his New York office building, one populated by several startups. A hip kid working for one of the other startups, which Porter declined to name, asked Porter if he worked in the building. “Yeah, I’m the CEO of OMGPOP ,” he ...

Done Deal: Zynga Gets “Draw Something” Phenom By Acquiring OMGPOP. (We’re Hearing...

OMGPOP chief executive Dan Porter becomes Zynga’s general manager and vice president of New York and the company’s employees will join Zynga. Draw Something has been an incredible turnaround for OMGPOP, which had struggled to find a hit on its own destination site and then on the ...

A Picture’s Worth 12 Million Downloads: Draw Something Is #1 on iOS and Android

Considering all of Draw Something’s downloads were in the last month, it technically already has 12 million monthly active users though some may be the same people on different devices Of all those comparisons, OMGPOP’s CEO Dan Porter explains Draw Something is most similar to Instagram ...

OMGPOP Head Dan Porter Leaves Zynga A Year After $180M Acquisition, Former CityVille GM Sean Kelly S...

Dan Porter, who led Draw Something-maker OMGPOP into is $180 million acquisition by Zynga, is leaving the company just a year after the deal closed. His departure comes just on the eve of Draw Something 2′s launch, which is supposed to be the big follow-up to the original and is already ...

Under Zynga’s Ownership, OMGPop Wants NYC to Be a ‘Hotbed’ for Game Development

Two months ago, Dan Porter was probably wondering if his four-year-old gaming startup would ever have a big hit. Today he’s a millionaire* and a VP of Development for the New York arm of the country’s largest gaming company. Zynga acquired Porter’s OMGPOP for a reported $180 ...

Draw Something: The Mobile Game That Won the App Store Without Any Press

“There was nothing written about us,” says Dan Porter, the CEO of a company called OMGPOP that created the app. “[Reporters] weren’t interested. I tried, but I couldn’t even get their attention.” Press is often cited as the best way to get an app to stand apart from the approximately ...

OMGPOP's Draw Something Mobile App Hits 5 Million Downloads

Now they're making 500 drawings per second," says Draw Something creator and OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter. Porter, who says he's never seen a game grow like this, thinks the secret to his app's virality is its social nature. "There are very few games where you play with other people. ...

Why Dan Porter Is Leaving Zynga

We think Dan Porter's exit at Zynga is a sign of a bigger shakeup at the games maker, as it tries to figure out whether it's future lies in social games like FarmVille or mobile games like Words With Friends and Draw Something. Sean Kelly, a Zynga VP who spearheaded its move into mobile ...

'Draw Something' update adds chat, photo capturing, sharing

"There are more features people want in the game, and there's no way we could scale enough people fast enough," OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter told Mashable shortly after the acquisition. "The game is so large that you need a really big scale. " At the time, Porter told Mashable that the ...

Zynga Explains Its Titanic $200 Million Acquisition Of Draw Something

Hours after Zynga paid ~$200 million for social gaming startup OMGPOP, we sat down with CEO Dan Porter to find out more about the decision. He was joined by Zynga's chief mobile exec David Ko. While Zynga is technically buying OMGPOP, the reality is that it's buying "Draw Something," a ...

Draw Something Draws a Bundle

“I play with one of my kids,” said Dan Porter, OMGPOP’s chief executive. “It’s such a window into the way they look at the world. Any word can be drawn in any way. Someone said, ‘When I play with my wife, I know in one line exactly what she’s going to draw.’ I saw a tweet from someone ...

Zynga in discussion to buy Draw Something maker OMGPOP — Tech News and Analysis

Dan Porter, OMGPOP’s CEO and the designer of Draw Something, downplayed competition with Zynga when we spoke on Friday. But the company has clearly got a winner and a big revenue source on its hands now with Draw Something. It’s making six figures each day in revenue, far ahead of any ...

OMGPOP Eyes TV Show Based On Hit Game Draw Something (Plus More Big Stats)

OMGPOP’s chief executive Dan Porter couldn’t comment on the show. But he did share some new statistics on the games. He says the game is up to 1 billion paid ad impressions per day. That excludes house ads and promotions that upsell users to the paid version of the Draw Something. When I ...

Zynga's Top Executive In New York Apologizes For Another Round Of Bad Publicity (ZNGA)

Dan Porter, the former CEO of OMGPOP, now general manager of Zynga New York, apologized to his colleagues on Friday for saying that the company copied ideas for games. "Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true," Porter reportedly said in a panel discussion at ...

OMGPOP's Dan Porter On Selling To Zynga

OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter helped his company get acquired by Zynga for close to $200 million earlier this year. At a venture-capital industry event in New York Thursday, investment banker Linda Gridley of Gridley & Company asked Porter what the whole surreal experience has been like. ...

Cheating rampant on OMGPOP's Draw Something

Dan Porter, the chief executive of OMGPOP, said that as the game has evolved from a PC-only title ("Draw My Thing"), cheating has become less of a problem. For one thing, unlike the Web version, which matched Internet players against each other, the mobile version is designed to be ...

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