Zynga in Acqusition Frenzy: Growth by Acquisition, Reading for IPO?

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Zynga is furiously acquiring gaming companies to grow. It’s the Oracle approach. It is faster to grow in terms of consumers, products, technology, and people(talent ) by acquisitions. Zynga is doing exactly so. It  needs to do it maintain its domination in the social gaming and capture mobile gaming too.

The recent acquisitions include:

  • DNA Games(May 2011)
  • WonderLand software (April 2011, UK, iPhone game GodFinger)
  • Floodgate (Mar 2011, Massachussets, 10 people)
  • Serious Business (SFO,Feb 10)
  • Flock(Jan 2011, Browser maker)
  • Area/Code (Jan 2011)
  • New Toy (word with friends, Dec 2010)
  • Bonfire Studios(Oct 2010, Dallas, iphone /ipad game We Farm)
  •  Dextrose AG ( Frankfurt)
  • Conduit Labs in Boston
  • cocos2d ( Talent acquisition: for hiring 2 developers / cofounders, Opensource games paltform)
  • Challenge Games(35 emplyees, Jun 2010 Sequoia and Globespan funded virtual goods, games: Warsotrm and Ponzi)
  • Unoh (Japan’s Zynga founded in 2001 funded by Softbank & Zynga )
  • XPD ( Beijing May 2010)

Bill Gates on latest technologies and Microsoft

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After a long time I am seeing Bill talking on technology. Though he is still chairman of Microsoft, he is more focussed on running his non-profit organization to help sick and needy people all over the world.

In this interview Bill Gates repeatedly makes a point that the world is realizing the importance of software and the mobile’s success is actually due to the Software. It’s funny, and he may be right, that he laughed when the interviewed commented that Apple stock and valuation is dwarfing Microsoft. Per Bill, the stock prices go up and down but what is important is the tech asset it has. He did acknowledge the great work that Apple, Google and Microsoft are doing in terms of innovation in delivering fascinating technologies. Finally, it seems to be an agreement that the world is moving more towards tablets and mobile devices than desktop PCs.