Mark Pincus
Founder,
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 zynga.org, he also believes that games can do good.

On his way to creating Zynga, Mark started three companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, one of the first social networks. Before that, he founded Support.com, 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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April 11, 2006

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Mark,
A lot of the "big revenues" during the boom were at very low and sometimes negative margins. I've got four projects in which I'm significantly engaged. Two are profitable and growing quick (iUpload and Dogster), and two are cheap enough to bootstrap indefinitely (WINKsite and MyBlogLog). All four will likely raise money this year, but the amount to be raised is approximately 1X forward revenues in all cases. Modest raises to execute on well-defined plans where the growth is such that liquidity comes when the market can handle it with no need to rush or drag heels.

Re: social networking. Dedicated social networks may have peaked, but social networking creates the kind of 10X economic advantage in customer acquisition that will make it a basic CRM feature for everyone.

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