mark pincus

  • Where Do The Best Founders Come From?

    Where Do The Best Founders Come From?

    You tell us! Who would you work for around the clock to help build his or her vision? We are searching far and wide for the best founder of 2015, and we want to know who you think should get the coveted Monkey. The 9th Annual Crunchies Award show is coming up on February 8th, 2016 and nominations for this and 11 other categories are open for any and all input. Get your nominations in… Read More

  • Zynga Beats Expectations In Q2 With $200M In Revenue, Fails To Stem User Exodus

    Zynga Beats Expectations In Q2 With $200M In Revenue, Fails To Stem User Exodus

    Zynga today beat analyst expectations for revenue and earnings, but its user numbers continued to decline, sending the stock down about 1 percent in extended trading. Zynga’s daily active user numbers declined 23 percent year over year to 21 million, which were also down 15 percent quarter-over-quarter. Its monthly active users also fell 32 percent to 83 million, down 18 percent… Read More

  • Mark Pincus Is Back — And His Vintage Management Style Might Be, Too

    Mark Pincus Is Back — And His Vintage Management Style Might Be, Too

    About two years ago, Mark Pincus brought on former Xbox executive Don Mattrick to run the company, and he took a step back. This was actually a tremendous surprise to the industry. Pincus has a reputation of being a bit of a micro manager and is not often able to delegate responsibility or empower his lieutenants. It was seen as a change in direction for Zynga, which became one of the most… Read More

  • Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    Zynga Drops 8% After Hours On News That Former CEO Mark Pincus Will Return To Lead The Firm

    He’s back. Today, following the cessation of trading, Zynga announced that its former CEO Mark Pincus will return to the role. Now-prior CEO Don Mattrick is out of two chairs: The one atop the company’s leadership structure and his seat on the board. The company’s shares fell more than 10 percent in the wake of the news, but have since recovered to a more modest negative… Read More

  • 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

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

    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

    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