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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December 31, 2009


i've been thinking about this for a long time and what i would like to see is for the yoville nightclub to have a fully functioning dance floor placed in it.

it may sound like a frivolous wish but i think that, while most games fulfill a need for cognitive stimulation, what made yoville compelling was that it helped people fulfill a basic human need to connect with other people. i'm not sure the climate in the game is as conducive to that as it used to be, but i think putting the dance floor in the night club (which currently suffers from severe disuse) would help coax people back out into a *neutral* place (there's all sorts of baggage associated with going to people's homes) where they can form connections with new people they otherwise may never have met.

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