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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January 10, 2006


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I knew from the very beginning that it was a farce. Friends in the intelligence community had been complaining for months that the White House had been telling them their data was incorrect and to "Go back and look at it again". Look, that is not how one does intelligence analysis, or science, or business or just about anything else besides politics and bad business. You never go into a problem thinking you know the answer and looking for evidence to back yourself up. Rather you should form a hypothesis, and then set about collecting data to refute your hypothesis. THAT is how to perform analysis, because otherwise....eventually you will find data that supports your position. Unfortunately, more often than not, that data will be incorrect.

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