Posts tagged Zynga

Youngest Funded Entrepreneur Raises $1 Million by Age 16
If you think your business startup can never get off the ground or that you need years of experience and a lifetime of connections to get others to pay attention to you, the story of 16-year-old Nick D’Aloisio will change your mind. The London-based teenager has received funding from the likes of Zynga founder Marc Pincus, actor Ashton Kutcher, and artist and Beatle widow Yoko Ono totaling $1 million in startup capital so far. But you don’t need to get endorsements from celebrities to launch your next great business. Read More
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Youngest Funded Entrepreneur Raises $1 Million by Age 16

If you think your business startup can never get off the ground or that you need years of experience and a lifetime of connections to get others to pay attention to you, the story of 16-year-old Nick D’Aloisio will change your mind. The London-based teenager has received funding from the likes of Zynga founder Marc Pincus, actor Ashton Kutcher, and artist and Beatle widow Yoko Ono totaling $1 million in startup capital so far. But you don’t need to get endorsements from celebrities to launch your next great business. Read More

(via Youngest Funded Entrepreneur Raises $1 Million by Age 16 | Small Business Trends)


"I think failing is the best way to keep you grounded, curious, and humble."

Mark Pincus of Zynga on why, as an entrepreneur, failure is more important than success.
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"I think failing is the best way to keep you grounded, curious, and humble."

Mark Pincus of Zynga on why, as an entrepreneur, failure is more important than success.

(via How to Fail: Mark Pincus - Businessweek - Image source )

The 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the United States hold a collective $850 billion in cash, according to recent research by REL Consulting. The global working-capital consulting firm compiled this statistic by reviewing financial filings through June of this year.
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The 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the United States hold a collective $850 billion in cash, according to recent research by REL Consulting. The global working-capital consulting firm compiled this statistic by reviewing financial filings through June of this year.

(via Stake Your Claim On $850 Billion Cash Hoard)

I’m spending the rest of the day on our product. I believe that that’s what serves investors the best, and I believe that that’s the way it will be rewarded by the market in the long term the best.

NASDAQ on Tumblr: Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Zynga

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1. The company was named for CEO Mark Pincus’ beloved American bulldog, whom you might recognize from the logo. Though its namesake has passed away, employees are encouraged to bring their pups to work.

2. The company reached the 100-million-user mark after just two and a half years.

3. As of summer 2011, American FarmVille users outnumber American farmers five to one.

4. Zynga’s approach to charity is typically playful: Users can purchase game-boosting, limited-edition virtual goods, and the proceeds are donated. Offering items such as a never-withering daikon radish, the company raised more than $3 million for Japanese earthquake relief.

5. DreamWorks Animation CEO (and Zynga board member) Jeffrey Katzenberg says that if he had to start his career all over again, he’d want to be Mark Pincus.


You can’t buy publicity like this, but you can make the most of it.
Actor Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after refusing to stop playing Zynga’s Scrabble-like “Words With Friends.” The 53-year-old “30 Rock” star, a prolific Twitter user, took to the microblogging service to complain: “Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.” He described the game, the company’s sixth-most-popular, as “addicting.”
Zynga, which plans to sell shares in an initial public offering next week, promptly took to Twitter with Baldwin’s cause, introducing the hashtag #LetAlecPlay. 
"This is phenomenal for Zynga," Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, told Bloomberg. "The problem for Zynga with investors has been that the average portfolio manager doesn’t relate to their games. This definitely helps change their perception."
via Why Alec Baldwin Is Good For Business (Or Zynga’s, At Least)

You can’t buy publicity like this, but you can make the most of it.

Actor Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after refusing to stop playing Zynga’s Scrabble-like “Words With Friends.” The 53-year-old “30 Rock” star, a prolific Twitter user, took to the microblogging service to complain: “Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.” He described the game, the company’s sixth-most-popular, as “addicting.”

Zynga, which plans to sell shares in an initial public offering next week, promptly took to Twitter with Baldwin’s cause, introducing the hashtag #LetAlecPlay. 

"This is phenomenal for Zynga," Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, told Bloomberg. "The problem for Zynga with investors has been that the average portfolio manager doesn’t relate to their games. This definitely helps change their perception."

via Why Alec Baldwin Is Good For Business (Or Zynga’s, At Least)