Mark Pincus is founder and Executive Chairman of the Board. He has served as our Chairman from April 2007 to March 2016 and our Executive Chairman since March 2016.
He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to July 2013 and from April 2015 to March 2016, and as Chief Product Officer from April 2007 to April 2014. In 2014, he 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.
From 2003 to 2007, Pincus served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tribe.net, a company he launched and one of the first social networks in the industry.
From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chairman of Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT), a help desk automation software company he founded, and he served as Chief Executive Officer and President from December 1997 to July 1999.
From 1996 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of FreeLoader, Inc., a web-based news company he founded.
Pincus also made founding investments in Napster, Twitter and Facebook.
Pincus graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an angel investor in multiple Silicon Valley startups and regularly gives lectures to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Nov, 2012 - Current (almost 4 years)
2009 - Current (over 7 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Jan, 2016||Boom Fantasy||$1.4M / Seed (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2016||Freshtohome||undisclosed amount / Convertible Note||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2015||Nootrobox||$2.6M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2015||Diamond Foundry||$100M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2015||PingTank||$450k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2015||Overdog||$2.35M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|May, 2015||Retinad||$1.5M / Angel||Personal Investment|
|May, 2015||Taplytics||$2.4M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2015||CompareAsiaGroup||$40M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2015||CoinTent||$1.08M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2015||Kickback||undisclosed amount / Seed (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2015||LiftIgniter||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2015||Do||$2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2015||21 Inc||$116M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2015||Luxe||$20M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||Wealthfront||$35M / Series C||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||Lit Motors||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2013||IfOnly||$12M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2013||IfOnly||$3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2013||BackOps dba HireAthena||$7M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2012||Summly||$1.23M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||Mango Health||$1.45M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2012||Path||$30M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2011||Sidecar Technologies||$520k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2011||ZenHotels Group||$13.6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2010||Callaway Digital Arts||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2009||Home-Account||$1M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2007||Seesmic||$6M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2007||Salesforce Buddy Media||$1.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2007||Grockit||$400k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2006||Feedster||undisclosed amount / Series A||Personal Investment|
|May, 2005||$12.7M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2004||$500k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2003||Naseeb Networks||undisclosed amount / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2002||Ezboard||undisclosed amount / Series D||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2000||Ezboard||$1.1M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Jun 30, 2016||The Verge - Zynga’s latest comeback strategy is a gorgeous mobile racing game|
|Jun 30, 2016||Venture Beat - Facebook kicked Zynga to the curb, publishers are next|
|Jun 23, 2016||SiliconBeat - Hillary Clinton’s tech support: Endorsements from Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, more|
|Jun 21, 2016||Business Insider Australia - Facebook had a funny response to this amazing fake commercial in HBO's 'Silicon Valley'|
|Jun 18, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - Lab-grown diamonds are about to be everywhere|
|Jun 15, 2016||Fortune - Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, Reid Hoffman Back Text-Based Counseling Service|
|Jun 13, 2016||Feld Thoughts - Book: The Curve|
|May 24, 2016||Venture Beat - Austrian startup TourRadar raises $6 million to grow its online travel marketplace|