Mark Pincus
Chief Executive Officer &
Chief Product Officer

Mark is the founder, CEO and chief product officer of Zynga. He founded the company in 2007 with a mission of connecting the world through games, and in founding, he also believes that games can do good.

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.

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.

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October 26, 2005


Hi Mark,

I wasn't trying to make a value judgement on what Google is doing. I only wanted to note that they've crossed a line.

Up until this point, Google has take the role of the "pure" search engine (v. portal) and maintained a neutral stance with respect to the content in their index. I admired that they wanted to get users off their site as quickly as possible.

Now they will be in the business of generating content and competing with the publishers in their index. Not an evil thing to do, just very "portal-like".

To directly respond to a few of your open questions...

"arent you running a service that scrapes other classifieds sites but doesnt allow your own to be scraped?"

Nope. We are heavily crawled by google, yahoo, msn, etc.

"arent you competing with the sites that you are 'indexing'?"

Nope. We're not in the business of selling classified listings. Our aim is to focus on the needs of buyers who want to quickly see all the listings that are out there.

"isnt the hope for oodle that people will go to you first and then click on ads you sell while looking at classifieds from other sites."

Yes, we want to be the first stop for buyers. I think the classified experience for buyers stinks (which is why I started Oodle). If we can better serve buyers by making it easy for them to find what they're looking for, we in turn help sellers and those in the business of selling them advertising.

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