Zynga’s Mark Pincus Talks About His Management Style, Acquisitions and Mobile

Zynga’s founder and CEO Mark Pincus talks about Facebook, acquisitions and more at D: All Things Digital in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.


Founder and CEO
Zynga Inc.

Fourth time’s apparently the charm. On his route to founding Zynga, Pincus started three other companies. In 2003, he launched Tribe.net, an early social network. Before that, he founded and took public Support.com, a pioneer in automating tech support. And, back in 1995, he launched FreeLoader, the first Web-based consumer push company. He also is an active angel investor, including making founding investments in Napster, Brightmail, Twitter and Facebook.

Posts With Mark Pincus

Yves Behar’s “Smart” Lock Startup August Raises $8 Million

Open sez-VCs.

Co.Lab Accelerator Gives Its First Class a Lesson in Pitching Educational Games

The nonprofit partnership between Zynga.org and the NewSchools Venture Fund welcomes its first class.

Zynga to Restructure Top Ranks, Three C-Suite Execs to Depart

A big shake-up for Zynga’s highest management.

“Luminary” Access Site IfOnly Officially Launches With $3M in Funding From Tech Luminaries

Delivering the A-List to the masses?

Don Mattrick Debuts as New Zynga CEO, With Loss Expected in Q2

It’s now up to the former Xbox chief to turn around the ailing online gaming company.

News Byte

BackOps, a Back Office as Service for Small Businesses, Lands $7 Million

BackOps, a cloud-based company that offers back-office services like accounting, human resources and financial reporting, has raised a $7 million Series A investment led by Sherpa Ventures and e.ventures. Google Ventures also invested, as did the company’s seed investors, CrunchFund and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. The company combines its cloud software platform with a legion of experienced work-at-home professionals, and aims to allow companies to outsource their day-to-day back-office operations. The round brings its total capital raised to $9 million.

AllThingsD’s Week-In-Review: Zynga Gets a New CEO and Yahoo Goes Shopping

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!


At New Zynga, Which Leader Is in Charge?

Don Mattrick’s move to become CEO of Zynga caught many by surprise, given founder Mark Pincus’ strong grasp on the company, his 61 percent share of voting rights and his reputation as a very hands-on manager.


Shared Command

If Zynga’s new management structure is indeed shared command, that will be a big problem.