Andy Kleinman, general manager at Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) and a chief business officer at Scopely, has left the two companies to start his own studio, Moblabs, which will focus on the production of mobile products.
Besides his tenure at Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Kleinman has vast experience in the mobile gaming industry, having co-founded Vostu, a social gaming company, before joining Three Melons, another social gaming company. After having his run at Three Melons, which was later acquired by Playdom, Kleinman went to Zynga Inc before landing another lofty position at Scopely. Scopely is a mobile entertainment network that was founded by Walter Driver, a social gaming entrepreneur.
“What I wanted to do was get out of games. It’s been too many years of games,”
Kleinman says of his move.
Kleinman’s cited reason for leaving Scopely is really laughable since those are the same words that he used when leaving Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) for Scopely. It’s yet to be seen what he will do at Moblabs that will be different from what goes on at Scopely or Zynga Inc.
Kleinman went ahead to disclose that his new company has three other co-founders with whom he’s finalizing the paperwork. He says that Moblabs ropes in 14 individuals from the US and China with experience working in reputable institutions such as Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) to mention a few.
“I was thinking about how to leverage all the stuff I learned from games,” he said. “I thought, why don’t we put a team together with competencies around these areas in mobile.”
Moblabs is planned to provide mobile products to audiences, but there are no clear details of exactly what to expect. The former Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) executive officer said that he couldn’t disclose much of the information at the moment, but will do so in due course.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.