I’m calling him the worst CEO in America, though he could easily qualify for worst CEO in the world or worst human being on the planet.
If you’ve ever gotten a lot of Facebook requests for playing games like Farmville, then you already know what Zynga does. But what the company actually does is rip off other company’s games and makes thinly disguised versions of them. A former Zynga employee has quoted Mark Pincus, its CEO, as saying, I don’t f____ want innovation. You’re not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers.”
In a speech, Pincus said, “I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don’t know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it. *laughs* We did anything possible just to just get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business.”
A former employee has described Zynga’s motto as “Do evil.” But at least Zynga is creating American jobs. Right?
Zynga is conducting massive layoffs after its business model of copying games made by more innovative companies ran into trouble and is reporting planning to outsource 800 jobs. Zynga is shifting instead to online gambling, which is one step below even its old business model.
But while Mark Pincus didn’t have enough money to pay his American employees, he did have enough money to give a cool million to Priorities USA.
What is Priorities USA? Priorities USA is an Obama SuperPAC run by Harold Ickes and its priorities, as taken from its site, are
1. Investing in American jobs
3. Income inequality
Mark Pincus is about as perfect a fit for this agenda of innovation and job creation as Charles Manson is for women’s rights, but they’re still taking a million bucks from him.
Priorities USA has run ads attacking the business ethics of Mitt Romney. So let’s take another look at the progressive business ethics of Mark Pincus.
Aside from the plagiarism and a work environment that has been described as “One Of The Most Evil Places I’ve Run Into”, an income source for Zynga is kids running up hundreds to thousands of dollars in debt without their parents knowing it. And Zynga has a history of refusing to refund that money. There’s even an entire blog dedicated to the subject.
Democrats claim that Bain was an unethical company. Meanwhile their idea of an ethical company? Zynga, a company that has been sued for defrauding consumers, defrauding investors and ripping off competitors, which is now looking to outsource 800 American jobs.
And the next time you feel an urge to play Farmville 2, The Ville or any other Zynga game, remember that you’re not only funding Zynga’s private culture of corruption, but the entire Democratic culture of corruption.