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  • Can Pincus Still Make Zynga An “Internet Treasure”?

    Can Pincus Still Make Zynga An “Internet Treasure”?

    “An Internet Treasure is something that consumers can’t remember what life was like before they had it,” Mark Pincus told Y Combinator’s Startup School in 2009. Then, Zynga had hit titles and cash flowing in. Today, Zynga’s shares sit at a third of their IPO price and it lacks a blockbuster game. With the arrival of Don Mattrick as CEO, if Zynga wants to become… Read More

  • Sunil Paul of Sidecar

    Hail A Fellow Human, Not A Taxi With “SideCar” – The New P2P Uber

    You need a ride, someone else has a car and could use the cash, SideCar is the app that will bring you together. New instant peer-to-peer rideshare-finding app SideCar turns anyone into a taxi / Uber driver, and it’s supposedly legal because you technically volunteer to pay at the end. Today it emerges from beta for iOS and Android in its first city, San Francisco. Punch in your location… Read More

  • John Doerr and Mary Meeker Speak about their New Partnership

    John Doerr and Mary Meeker Speak about their New Partnership

    Venture capital mega-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has announced that Mary Meeker is joining the firm as a partner, in another sign that the firm is focusing more on this mobile-meets-social-meets-local-meets-global wave of Web disruption. “Our number one goal is to help the Mark Pincuses of the world build their businesses into Internet treasures, and there has been no… Read More

  • Mark Pincus On Zynga Stats, "Dog Activated", And Frontierville Same-Sex Marriages

    Mark Pincus On Zynga Stats, "Dog Activated", And Frontierville Same-Sex Marriages

    Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus took the stage for about 10 minutes to talk about his fast-rising company. First he quickly rattled off some stats: 10 major games 1,300 employees 13 studios across 6 countries 6 acquisitions in the last 6 months 320,000,000 million people have engaged with a Zynga game 400 people focused on new IP Read More

  • Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones

    Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones

    Today at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”. Joining Kleiner Perkins in this venture are some Internet heavyweights: Facebook, Zynga, and Amazon. And CEOs¬†Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Pincus, and Jeff Bezos took the stage today to talk a bit about… Read More

  • Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: "Frontierville Is The Most Successful Launch We've Ever Had"

    Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: "Frontierville Is The Most Successful Launch We've Ever Had"

    With a massive membership of more than 230 million gamers, one of the biggest challenges that social game company Zynga faces is keeping up its growth. One of the secrets to its success is the ability to use its existing hits (Farmville, Texas HoldEm Poker, Mafia Wars, etc.) to cross-promote new games and help launch those games. Its other advantage is that so many people now play its games… Read More

  • Sweet Seeds: Zynga Has Raised Over $1 Million For School Children In Haiti

    Sweet Seeds: Zynga Has Raised Over $1 Million For School Children In Haiti

    Today, backstage at the Crunchies, Zynga’s Mark Pincus revealed a pretty impressive number the Zynga.org wing of the social gaming company, Zynga: They’ve raised over $1 million dollars just from virtual goods for school children in Haiti. Anyway you slice it, it’s a pretty impressive number. But it’s even more impressive when you consider that this million dollars… Read More