FeaturesFebruary 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

People Who Went To Penn: Mark Pincus

Markpincus2Every so often there comes along a man who makes a real impact on the world, and we are lucky enough to count this one, Mark Pincus. After graduation from Wharton in ’88, Pincus began a career on in venture capital and finance (obviously) before deciding to screw it all and start a company of his own, and thank god he did.

That company, Zynga, brought us such inspiring fleeting fads classics as Words with Friends, Draw Something, FarmVille, as well as whole host of games you are too embarrassed to invite friends to on Facebook (Mafia Wars anyone?). However, he somehow managed, through the selling of virtual goods in his games to people who care just a little too much, to raise $15 million dollars for non-profits around the world.

Married with two kids, Mark currently resides in San Fransisco and continues to think up even more games with “Ville” at the end (CityVille, ChefVille, CastleVille, FarmVille 2). Where would our generation be without a Facebook version of Scrabble, Pictionary, and agricultural labor? Thanks to Mark we don’t have to find out.

4 People have left comments on this post

By repetitive on February 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm By Hater of Repetitive on February 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

@Repetitive no one likes you. And your ugly.

By From SF on February 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

ahh Pincus, the saint-like alumn who tried to claw back pre-IPO shares he’d given to early employees. http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204621904577018373223480802.html?mg=reno64-wsj

By Alex Weinstein on February 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

People who went to Penn that will be or were Presidents of the United States:

1. William Henry Harrison
2. Paul Latterman, 2016
3. Alex Weinstein, 2020, 2024

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