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Mark Pincus (Zynga)
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Mark Pincus

Zynga

Mark Pincus is a leading Internet entrepreneur, having founded and established four successful companies.

In January 2007, Mark founded Zynga and has grown the company to become the leading social games provider with over 235 million monthly active users playing its games. Mark has created a team of more than 700 employees including senior executives from EA, Yahoo! and others to create such hits as FarmVille, Café World, Zynga Poker, FishVille, Mafia Wars, PetVille and YoVille. In October 2009, Mark started Zynga.org which is committed to transforming the world through virtual social goods. Zynga.org has raised more than $3 million for several international nonprofits.

Prior to Zynga, in 2003, Mark founded Tribe Networks (tribe.net), one of the first online communities and social networking sites, which foreshadowed the popularity of social networks.. Tribe partnered with major local newspapers and was funded by The Washington Post, Knight Ridder Digital and Mayfield Venture Capital. In 2007, Cisco purchased the core tribe.net assets to provide an initial platform for its digital media services group.

Prior to Tribe, Mark co-founded SupportSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRT), originally known as Support.com, a provider of service and support automation software. Mark served as chairman and CEO and led the company through its successful IPO to become one of the world’s leading publicly traded enterprise software companies. Mark’s initial Internet success came with Freeloader, the first web-based consumer push information service. Freeloader was acquired seven months after launch by Individual, Inc. for $38 million. Prior to Freeloader, Mark worked in various capacities in venture capital, business development and financial services.

Mark is an advocate for entrepreneurs and regularly speaks at events such as GDC, Web 2.0 and SNAP Summit. In 2009, Mark was named “CEO of the Year” at the Crunchies. Mark earned his B.A. from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and his MBA from Harvard Business School. A native of Chicago, Mark has lived in several cities across U.S. including Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and Denver and currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and Lola, his American Bulldog.

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