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.
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.