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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Wanna Play Zynga Games With Me?

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We recently made another Foundry Group investment in the Zynga Game Network.  Brad Stone wrote a great article about Zynga in the NYTimes about it titled More Than Games, a Net to Snare Social Networkers.

One of my co-investors – Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures – wrote a nice overview of how he came to make this investment.  I vividly remember seeing my long time friend Mark Pincus’ name pop up as the author of Texas Hold’em on Facebook one day over the summer and thinking "hmmm – what’s Mark up to?" 

In six months Mark has put together a remarkable company.  In our first conversation about Zynga, Mark explained his vision of social gaming to me.  I’ve been a long time on and off gamer – I like puzzle and interactive games, but not first person shooters or MMOGs – so the idea of the intersection of casual games and Facebook immediately appealed to me. 

I’ve become a complete Scramble addict (remember Boggle?), although my partner Ryan’s wife Katherine continues to cream me regularly.  The Zynga games are coming fast and furiously – the current catalog includes Poker, Attack, Blackjack, Battleship, Scramble, Diveman, Triumph, Social Chat, Stickerz, Dopewars, and a bunch of others you’ll be seeing soon.

Zynga isn’t limited to Facebook – the games have now launched on Bebo and Friendster and are coming to other social networks near you in the next few weeks.

Mark is an 100% on the go, non-stop, take no prisoners entrepreneur.  In six months, he’s created a game network of over 10 million users and over 700,000 unique players each day.  I love working with guys like Mark.  And I love that he’s named his company after his dog.

  • ANY

    Zynga ->They run a game called 'Pirates of the Caribbean' on facebook. The app is down every 5 minutes.. Company writes buggy and crap software..
    They are getting bad reviews as a result…

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I don’t think that Zynga is the publisher of any of the Pirates of the Carribean applications on Facebook (and there are several). One of the applications may be using the Zynga Bar (part of Zynga’s Developer Program – http://www.zynga.com/developers.html) and subsequently be part of the Zynga Game network. This network is open to Zynga apps as well as any other Facebook apps that want to participate in the network.

  • http://myspace.com/saleen6454 Rick Morris

    I was playing on a private table (mirage) with a buddy, and the table froze. I had over 10M chips (in account) while I was playing, and the table froze, so we left the table, and then all 10M of my chips were missing from my account. I have tried and tried again to contact/submit tickets to Zynga about this issue with no response. Now I know it's just a game, but when you play hard to accumilate 10M chips, and they disappear in 10 seconds, it's not very cool. Also, if you are going to have a gaming site or a website that is of this statue, have customer service tech's that can assist people with glitches ect.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my chips back, or who to contact?

    Thanks!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Rick – sorry to hear about the chips disappearing. I’ll put you in touch with some folks at Zynga to try to help.

      • Michael

        I would like to know what is happening with My Heroes Ability, there hasn't been a update in months and it's kind of being assumed that there isn't going to be anymore, is that true?

  • A.T.

    Zynga is actively maintaining MHA. We'll continue developing content but no time frame on when. We've been busy developing other role playing games like Mafia Wars and Vampires.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I don’t think that Zynga is the publisher of any of the Pirates of the Carribean applications on Facebook (and there are several). One of the applications may be using the Zynga Bar (part of Zynga’s Developer Program – http://www.zynga.com/developers.html) and subsequently be part of the Zynga Game network. This network is open to Zynga apps as well as any other Facebook apps that want to participate in the network.

  • ANY

    Zynga ->They run a game called 'Pirates of the Caribbean' on facebook. The app is down every 5 minutes.. Company writes buggy and crap software..
    They are getting bad reviews as a result…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Rick – sorry to hear about the chips disappearing. I’ll put you in touch with some folks at Zynga to try to help.

  • A.T.

    Zynga is actively maintaining MHA. We'll continue developing content but no time frame on when. We've been busy developing other role playing games like Mafia Wars and Vampires.

  • Michael

    I would like to know what is happening with My Heroes Ability, there hasn't been a update in months and it's kind of being assumed that there isn't going to be anymore, is that true?

  • Rick Morris

    I was playing on a private table (mirage) with a buddy, and the table froze. I had over 10M chips (in account) while I was playing, and the table froze, so we left the table, and then all 10M of my chips were missing from my account. I have tried and tried again to contact/submit tickets to Zynga about this issue with no response. Now I know it's just a game, but when you play hard to accumilate 10M chips, and they disappear in 10 seconds, it's not very cool. Also, if you are going to have a gaming site or a website that is of this statue, have customer service tech's that can assist people with glitches ect.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my chips back, or who to contact?

    Thanks!

  • - Brian

    "Zynga is actively maintaining MHA"
    Patently false. MHA has been almost completely unavailable for months, and Zynga refuses to make a public statement other than a blanket "We are aware of the issue."

  • asdf

    zynga texas holdem sux crap. I've moved on to poker palace. MUCH Better and less crap that zynga idiots can't control. Off to the new out with the old. I'm even converting everyone over to Poker Palace.

  • jason mangiafico

    After registering for rewards points on mafia wars on myspace.com, I am receiving MANY telemarkting calls. Even auto warranty scammers that when I question them or ask to optout, they hang up on me. Also many numbers ring up disconnected when I try to call back. Can Zynga block or prevent my phone number from being used again? Ticket is never answered on Zynga's custhelp.com site, and Myspace themselves don't even read my email correctly or don't give a f***.

    • wendy

      Sorry Jason! CS was a little behind but always works hard to respond quickly
      to questions. CS responded to your ticket on 3.31.

      The offers you completed are extended by a third-party, and unfortunately we are unable to block your phone number from being used for further contact.
      You can contact the companies for whom you completed the offers, and they may be able to assist you. Otherwise, please contact Super Rewards directly at http://www.srpoints.com.

      Again, I am very sorry. Prior to a user completing an offer there is a disclaimer, however we are going to work with the company to try to curb this spammy activity.

  • jason mangiafico

    Not to mention that my gmail account's spam folder is filling up at an astounding rate and the removal links don't work.

  • rashad mills

    help me on MAFIA WARS on MYSPACE
    ADD ME
    EMAIL: BUCKBLOCK09@yahoo.com

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  • kaden

    can i play

  • jean

    pourquoi je n'arrive plus a jouer au poker???sur facebook?????
    aidez moi!!!! HELP ME

  • jean

    pourquoi je n'arrive plus a jouer au poker???sur facebook?????
    aidez moi!!!! HELP ME

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