New Hires in Social Gaming: CrowdStar, Mindjolt, Playdom, & More

It’s been a slightly busier week for the human resources departments at social gaming companies, judging by data from LinkedIn. Six companies have been picking up new team member, Zynga in particular. That said, as with last week, there wasn’t much in the way of major leadership changes.

Here’s the list:


  • Jason Weiser – Joining from, – where he was Director of Customer Acquisition – Jason is now Sr. Manager of Customer Acquisition at CrowdStar.


  • Satori Canton – He joins Mindjolt this week as its newest Senior Software Developer. Prior to this, Satori was an ActionScript Consultant for Virtual Worlds at Zynga.


  • Mike Cook – Part of the Metaplace acquisition, Mike Cook takes his System Architect experience over to Playdom with the same title.
  • Christopher Chapman – Also formerly of Metaplace, where he was Director of Web Development, Christopher becomes part of Playdom as a Senior Web Developer.


  • Pauline Reader – Formerly a Senior Manager Dealer of Business at eBay, Pauline takes her skills over to RockYou! as their new Senior Director of International Business.
  • Max Mao – Max joins RockYou! as a new Graphic Designer and HTML/CSS Programmer. Prior to this he was a Web Graphic Designer at Zipzoomfly.


  • Jason RubensteinSlide gets a new Senior Software Engineer this week in the form of Jason Rubenstein. Formerly, he worked as a Software Engineer at Apture.


  • Driss Benamour – A former MBA Intern at Eventbrite, Driss is now a Product Manager for Zynga.
  • Jason Schklar – Jason joins Zynga as a new Senior User Researcher. Prior to this, he was a User Experience Specialist for Social and Community Features at
  • Rick Johanson – Formerly involved with Events and Fan Relations at Lucasfilm, Rick now tailors his skill set to Artistic Recruiting and Development Programs at Zynga.
  • Parikshit Agnihotry – He joins Zynga as one of its newest Software Engineers. Before this, he was an MS Computer Science student at the University of Southern California.
  • Eric McGinnis – Zynga acquires some new Desktop Support in the form of Eric McGinnis, who comes from Tierra Technology, where he was an Administrator.
  • Anshul Dhawan – Leaving his role as a Software Engineer Intern at ngmoco, Anshul joins Zynga as a full Software Engineer.
  • Ilanit Manor – Previously a Messaging Administrator for Kaiser Permanente, Ilanit is now a Super Moderator for Zynga.