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Zynga co-founder leaves company

Justin Waldron announces decision to leave social gaming outfit, "venture off on my own again"

Zynga is losing one of its cofounders. In a post on his Facebook page last night, Zynga co-founder Justin Waldron announced that he is leaving the social gaming company.

"I've decided it's time to leave Zynga and venture off on my own again," Waldron explained. "It's been 6 and a half years since we pushed the button to launch our first game, and each moment since has been magic. It's incredibly humbling to have worked with such a talented team. I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it - both in the trenches and for playing the games."

Waldron did not specify what he would do next, but he has been actively investing in new companies. According to his AngelList profile, Waldron has put money into a number of startups, including one developing an automated hamburger assembler (Momentum Machines), an auto-repair service that makes house calls (YourMechanic), and an app that serves as a real-time directory for taxis and community ride-sharing options (InstantCab).

Zynga has undergone some significant changes this year as the old guard within the company appears to be making room for newer hires. Former Microsoft Xbox head Don Mattrick took over the CEO position from founder Mark Pincus in July. The following month, a trio of long-serving senior executives left the company "to pursue other interests."

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Latest comments (4)

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
"developing an automated hamburger assembler (Momentum Machines),"

I know sometimes we hear new things, poo-poo them, and they end up being successful. That said, can anyone see a need for that? At home a hamburger is hardly a hassle to make, at a burger bar a couple of minimum wage employees knocking out dozens per hour is not really a prohibitive cost, unless you have no customers, in which case you don't need this. Maybe they will sell it to Rustlers?
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Dan Wood Visual Effects Artist 3 years ago
The ship is sinking, time to find a new industry to rip off other people's ideas.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
Not a contsructive comment... Im really sorry for any employee's and developers and IP's that were just all put to waste, copied or ripped off. But this is a company I have no simpathy for and would enjoy seeing it burn to the ground.... burn Zynga... BURN!!!!
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
@Dan Wood

The maybe he will join Gameloft in the weeks to come... (Joke, sorry) Bad thing, as always, is that in the end the workers there will be the ones paying the mess.

Bruce, where are you?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 23rd October 2013 9:22am

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