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Mark Pincus is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zynga in 2007 and taking the company public in 2011. Zynga is one of the most successful mobile social gaming companies in the world. To-date, more than one billion people around the world have played Zynga’s games, including the world’s largest social poker game, Zynga Poker; the world’s most popular mobile word game, Words With Friends; and the #1 Top Grossing Mobile Racing Game, CSR Racing 2. Zynga is also at the forefront of emerging chat-based platforms such as Facebook Messenger Instant Games and Apple iMessage Games, exploring new ways to engage audiences on these highly social platforms. Pincus currently serves as Zynga’s executive chairman.
In 2014, Pincus founded superlabs, a San Francisco-based product lab focused on developing products that connect and empower people, which was acquired by Zynga in 2015. Pincus also founded Zynga.org in 2009, a non-profit organization dedicated to using social games for social good.
In addition to founding his own companies, Pincus is an active early stage investor in startups. He was an early investor in some of the Internet’s largest and most successful companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, JD.com, Xiaomi, and Napster.
Zynga’s last funding round was raised in 2011, totaling $490M, and during the same year, the company had an IPO. Investors who have backed Zynga include Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Thiel, Google and KPCB, to name a few.
Other Pincus’ companies include Tribe.net, SupportSoft and FreeLoader. Moreover, he is also known to be one of the early investors in Napster, Twitter and Facebook.
The latest project of Pincus is called Win the Future, or in short“WTF”, a new initiative created to reconsider the Democratic Party. It was set up with Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn, to serve as a platform where people are able to vote on policy issues. The most voted policies are turned into billboards that are placed to a setting where members of Congress are likely to see them. The organization uses Twitter so that anyone can propose, vote up, and engage with campaigns that they care about. According to Pincus, the overall vision is a virtual party that empowers people to choose their leaders and set the agenda.
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