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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August 06, 2009


How are FB's network outages causing changes WITHIN the game of Pirates Rule? For the brief bits of time I have been able to get into the game, I have noticed that I am losing money, property and am being downgraded on achievements (plunders) I had already attained.
The game has never been fair since you randomly change the rules midsteam - values of weaponry, how we recognize crew, what levels are open to attack, etc, etc, etc. but when stats that players have acquired through months of play suddenly disappear, the game just isn't even close to fun anymore. I know Zynga is currently riding high on a wave of new players but that tide will change rapidly when people realize how frustrating it is to actually try to play the game with any degree of consistency.

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