Obama Invites “Worst CEO in America” to Tech Meeting

Barack Obama, Mark Pincus, Marissa Mayer, Randall Stephenson

There’s something appropriate about the worst American leader inviting the worst CEO in America. And it doesn’t that evil ex-Zynga CEO Mark Pincus gave Obama’s SuperPAC a cool million dollars.

Where he got that money? That’s another question. You probably know Zynga for Farmville or any of its other legion of Facebook games. What you don’t know is how they all got that way.

A former employee has described Zynga’s motto as “Do evil.”

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*

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.”

So why did Obama invite Mr. Farmville to his big tech meet? Why does Obama do anything? For the same reason that Zynga does things. Money.

While Zynga does have a popular product, as some have noted, Pincus kind of sticks out on the list. One thing that sets him apart: He donated $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that backed Obama in the election. He also gave an additional $104,000 to Democratic causes in 2012 — including the maximum of $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee.

He also got to sit next to Obama. And Pincus wasn’t the only lesser-known guy in the room who happens to be a big Obama fundraising name: Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar also attended the conclave. Pishevar’s best-known investment is the upscale car service, Uber. Along with his wife, Anahita, Pishevar has donated more than $122,000 to Democrats, including Obama’s presidential campaign and the campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). More significantly, Pishevar is a bundler — one of the elite fundraisers who “bundled” campaign contributions for Obama’s presidential campaign.

And what else is Mark Pincus have in common with Barack Obama? They’re not just bad people… they’re also both miserable failures.

On Monday, Zynga announced that its cofounder will relinquish his position as CEO, bringing an end to the oversight of the company’s dismal first 18 months in the public markets. In that period, Zynga has fired workers and been sued by competitors and investors as its shares have lost more than 65% of their value.

Sounds like the perfect guy to be Obama’s V.P.

  • Rolliby

    He’s probably going to be Obama’s head web site developer now………

  • pupsncats

    Money, money, money. Doesn’t matter how corrupt, incompetent or evil you are if you have money and make the right contributions. Works on both sides of the isle. But Obama has made it his priority to get the most corrupt, evil, America-hating, liberty hating people into his administration and into the courts. So he has succeeded in one thing. (And succeeded in having lots of expensive vacations and playing a lot of golf.)

  • Katie Smith

    I was into Mafia Wars (a Zynga game) several years ago. Admittedly, it was an AMAZING game. To some extent you can play it without spending any money, or by spending very little money. But to play it fast and play it well you kind of have to spend money, and I did. I didn’t unload huge amounts of money into it but what I spent was 100% worth it because the game was truly SO FUN. And these Zynga games are connected to Facebook, so you’re not just playing alone. You’re playing with lots of other people and you get to know them through Facebook and it’s very communal and very inter-connected. Just a ton of fun. The downside? The game fried my laptop — a Toshiba at that time — that was barely 1.5 years old. After that I never, ever played another Zynga game. I didn’t know about Pincus either or I wouldn’t have played at all.

    • alericKong

      I’m betting this is paid for spam by Zynga.

      Too bad he’s a leftist. Some of the things he said are funny.

      • Katie Smith

        Who me? No, I am not “paid for spam”. I’m a real person. Daniel knows who I am from his Facebook page. Sheesh. Paranoid much?

        I was making a point about the popularity of Zynga and how it makes tons of money through its games but the program is so faulty that it will fry a computer. There were many, many complaints by players about their computers heating up from use of the game.