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Mark Pincus

Mark Jonathan Pincus (February 13, 1966) is an Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Zynga, which makes online social games. Pincus ... More »Mark Jonathan Pincus (February 13, 1966) is an Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Zynga, which makes online social games. Pincus also founded Freeloader, Inc., Tribe Networks, and SupportSoft. Pincus currently serves as CEO of Zynga, which had 232 million monthly active users as of July 1, 2011. Zynga's top games include: CityVille, CastleVille, FarmVille, The Pioneer Trail, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, Empires & Allies, and Indiana Jones Adventure World. In 2009, Pincus was named "CEO of the Year" in The Crunchies and in the same month of 2011 was named Founder of the Year for 2010, as well. Pincus was born in Chicago and raised in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. He is the son of an architect mother and a father who worked as a public-relations adviser to CEOs and politicians. He attended Francis W. Parker School from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated in 1984. Pincus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the... [ Wikipedia ]

Zynga will bring online gambling to the masses, Pincus says

Zynga will bring online gambling to the masses... Zynga will bring online gambling to the masses, Pincus says Zynga CEO Mark Pincus says that rather than focusing on hardcore gamblers, it will cater to social gamblers. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said the company is not trying ...

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One reason people love to hate Zynga The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

But, all of that said, these layoffs again go to prove the schadenfreude repurcussions of Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus netting around $109 million via a private secondary round nine months before Zynga's December 2011 IPO. He has said the purpose was to remove any pressure to sell ...

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Why Mark Zuckerberg cares about immigration reform

The contributors list is even flashier, including Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and other CEOs of big-name firms, such as Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Zynga’s Mark Pincus, Path’s Dave Morin, Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, Tesla’s Elon Musk and ...

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John Doerr On Zynga Investment: “We Own 60M Shares, So I Want That Stock Back Above $10 … Where God...

Mattrick was recruited by co-founder and former CEO Mark Pincus — a move which Doerr said was “one of the smartest moves that Mark Pincus could have made for Zynga,” as the former Microsoft president is a seasoned entrepreneur and turnaround executive. “When Mattrick joined ...

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Zynga co-founder Pincus 'pretty bored with all games'

When asked what his favorite game was during a recent rooftop Q&A event in Tel Aviv, Israel, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus declined to answer, instead noting that he is "pretty bored with all games. " Asked to clarify, Pincus noted that he was previously addicted to Zynga ...

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Zynga Founder Denies Being Disinterested in Gaming

By Jon Russell, Friday, 4 Oct '13, 07:19am Zynga founder Mark Pincus has responded to suggestions that he is fed up with the gaming industry by claiming he has been misquoted and taken out of context. Pincus confessed his gaming malaise on Tuesday night during a visit to Israel. ...

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Zynga has lost 13M users over past year

But that did little to keep investors from rushing the exits — especially after CEO Mark Pincus forecast that revenue in the current quarter would, at just $235 million, fall far short of the $265 million that analysts forecast. “We think 2013 is going to be bumpy,” Pincus told ...

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Getting Back Into the Game: Can This Trio of Top Execs Revive Zynga?

Now, in the wake of the crash, Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus is betting his dwindling chips on a trio of lieutenants to make things right: Steve Chiang, who is now president of games; David Ko, Zynga’s former chief mobile officer, who has been promoted to COO; and Barry Cottle, who ...

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Zynga puts 'PetVille' out of its misery

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus exits after announcing new games in June. But now the company is scrapping underperforming titles. Photo: Paul Sakuma, Associated Press / SF Zynga CEO Mark Pincus exits after announcing new games in June. But... The loss of a pet can be traumatic, even when ...

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Bravo, Mark Pincus

He asked President Obama to simply pardon Edward Snowden : A source familiar with the meeting told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper that one of the executives, Mark Pincus, founder of Zynga, which makes on-line social games, suggested to the President that he pardon NSA ...

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Don't Let The Door Slam Behind You: 2013's Biggest CEO Departures

Mark Pincus, once the high-flying CEO of online game maker Zynga (named after his pet bulldog), stepped down in July. Zynga’s share price is still weak, at a recent $4.29, though not quite as anemic as its low of $2.29 in Dec. 2012. Pincus, 47, had sold 16.5 million shares just ...

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Facebook's friend in Russia

Mark Pincus, founder of the social-gaming company Zynga, recalls meeting with Milner and Tamas at the Rosewood Hotel last fall. "They were sold on social gaming as a macro, and their big question wasn't about our company," Pincus says. "It was more about me and the management team ...

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Women in technology gain new political clout

Her husband, Mark Pincus, is the co-founder of Zynga - and he is also a major Democratic donor. The high-profile role for Pincus - who not long ago might have been wooed for her husband's connections - underscores how women are increasingly becoming A-listers in campaign finance. ...

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Zynga's gameplan relies on FarmVille, says CEO

Zynga's gameplan relies on FarmVille, says CEO Zynga's gameplan relies on FarmVille, says CEO The company's founder and chief executive Mark Pincus says that his company is planning to make a mobile push with FarmVille 2. Social-gaming company Zynga made a name for itself on FarmVille. ...

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'People in tech represent one of the most powerful political forces': Mark Zuckerberg's boasts as he...

Its founders include Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix; Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter; Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn; Drew Houston, the chief executive of Dropbox; Mark Pincus, the co-founder of Zynga; and Kevin Systrom, the boss of Instagram. The group was born from ...

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No golden parachute for Zynga's Pincus The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

FORTUNE -- Mark Pincus will not be receiving any special payout for stepping down as CEO of Zynga Inc. ( ZNGA ), the social gaming company he founded and ran until yesterday turning over the reins to former Microsoft ( MSFT ) executive Don Mattrick. Pincus' employment contract ...

Premarkets: Momentum continues to build

The social gaming company announced Monday that CEO Mark Pincus is stepping down. Don Mattrick, the former head of Microsoft's ( MSFT, Fortune 500 ) Xbox and gaming division, will take over as Zynga chief. In world markets, European stocks were lower in morning trading, pulling back ...

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John Doerr On Zynga: ‘We Have To Get Zynga’s Stock Price To Where God Intended It To Be’

So his interviewer, Michael Arrington, instead asked about the temper of Mark Pincus, the former CEO and founder who got replaced in July by Don Mattrick, an exec from Microsoft. “I’ve never seen him yell,” Doerr laughed. “Pincus loves working with Don. We need both of them.” ...

Zynga COO David Ko Emphasizes “Discipline” For Future Acquisitions

A year ago, fresh off raising $1 billion from an IPO and the $180 million acquisition of red-hot gaming company OMGPOP, Zynga’s Mark Pincus did an interview with talk of doing “a few” OMGPOP-sized deals in the next few years. But after a tough transition year and a more than 75 percent ...

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Zynga Cuts Staff as It Buys ‘Clumsy Ninja’ Game Maker

Mattrick left Microsoft's Xbox division last July to take as Zynga ousted founder Mark Pincus. The company's loss in the October-December quarter came to $25.2 million, or 3 cents per share. That's down from a loss of $48.6 million, or 6 cents per share, in the same months the year ...

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