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Why Is This Silicon Valley Superinvestor Interested in Zynga?

By Tim Beyers - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:00PM

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John Doerr joins the company's board of directors.

Trivia time! What do Google (GOOGL 2.37%) and Zynga (ZNGA -2.04%) have in common?

Answer: John Doerr, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner known for making big bets on Internet companies. He's joined Zynga's board. Doerr has served as a Google director since 1999 and today is a member of the compensation committee.

At Zynga, he hopes to shepherd in a new era of growth. "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 said in a press release announcing his appointment.

Doerr's arrival isn't likely to make a difference over the short term, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. But over the long term, its ability to attract big-name talent such as Doerr, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffmann, and DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg speaks well for the opportunity that lies ahead, Tim says.

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