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This article was published on October 17, 2013

    Zynga co-founder Justin Waldron exits the company 6.5 years after helping start it

    Zynga co-founder Justin Waldron exits the company 6.5 years after helping start it
    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    zynga-cropJustin Waldron, one of the co-founders of mobile games giant Zynga, is leaving the company some six and a half years after helping create its first game and scale its business.

    Waldron took to Facebook to announce that “it’s time to leave Zynga and venture off on my own again,” although he provided no details of what he’ll do next.

    According to his own entry on Quora, Waldron got involved in Zynga after being approached by Eric Schiermeyer and Mark Pincus to build a Poker game, which included social elements. Following its early success, the company expanded to more genres and that led Waldron to drop out of school to work there full-time — with a stint Japan sandwiched between time at its San Francisco HQ.

    Waldron is evidently an investor too. According to his Angel List profile, he has put money into InstantCab, RedHotLabs, YourMechanic, Momentum Machines and Delectable.

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