Zynga Has Raised $845 Million in Capital, But No Mention of Google as an Investor
One of the most noticeable things missing from Zynga’s IPO filing today is a list of its investors.
Over the past three years, the social games company has not been entirely transparent about how much capital it has raised — and as a private company, it didn’t have to be.
But presumably, that was going to change today with many of the company’s deep dark secrets being revealed in the S-1.
Near the bottom of the 204-page document was the fact that it raised three official rounds of capital between February 2008 and February 2011, totaling $845 million.
The biggest round, totaling $490 million, was raised as recently as February of this year.
But what’s missing is a list of investors. It’s entirely unclear who participated in the company’s various rounds.
That’s a letdown because it was widely reported about a year ago that Google had invested more than $100 million.
In fact, just yesterday, I heard Google invested as much as $180 million, and based on those financial ties, Zynga is expected to be a contributor for Google’s social game network that may rival Facebook.
In the filing today, Zynga did not disclose a chummy relationship with Google, and in fact named Google as a potential competitor that may decide to develop social games.
Zynga did list the shareholders that own more than 5 percent of the company’s stock. That list consists of a number of investors, including Kleiner Perkins, Institutional Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Foundry Venture Capital, Avalon Ventures and DST Global.
Earlier this week, Zynga had disclosed on its Web site that it had raised $219 million in four rounds from a long list of investors including: Digital Sky Technologies; Kleiner Perkins; Andreessen Horowitz; Avalon Ventures; Foundry Group; Institutional Venture Partners; The Pilot Group; Tiger Global Management; Union Square Ventures; Private Investors; and two directors, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel.
The information now appears to have been removed.
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