John Doerr, general partner at venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, has been appointed to the board of directors at social-mobile games developer Zynga, the company announced today.
"John has been a supporter of Zynga since our early days, and truly understands our core values and mission," Zynga CEO and Founder Mark Pincus said in a statement. "John has worked with some of the most well-known companies in the world at every stage imaginable and his experience helping teams innovate at scale will be a tremendous asset for our leadership team."
"In just five years Zynga has connected hundreds of millions of people to their friends for fun," added Doerr. "What's exciting is this is still day zero — just the beginning — of social gaming's potential. With its deep talent and multi-platform technology, and millions of happy customers, Zynga will engage more of us wherever we play — whether on the web, phones or tablets. I'm excited about working with Mark and the Zynga team in its next chapters of growth."
Doerr began working in the technology field in 1974 at Intel, then later moved on to found software company Silicon Compilers and co-found broadband cable internet company @Home. He joined KPCB in 1980 and has since backed a number of high-profile companies including Google and Amazon. Doerr is also currently on the board of directors for Google, Coursera and Flipboard and supports a number of nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations including NewSchools.org and One.org.
Current Zynga board members include Mark Pincus, Doerr's fellow KPCB partner and former Electronic Arts COO William "Bing" Gordon, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, current LinkedIn director Stanley J. Meresman, Spring Ventures partner Sunil Paul, educational publishing company Schmoop University's CEO Ellen F. Siminoff and former Zynga chief business officer Owen Van Natta.