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Leadership switch at the Harvard Square office of Zynga, social games company

Posted by Scott Kirsner  February 6, 2012 10:52 PM

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Nabeel Hyatt, the entrepreneur whose gaming start-up became the core of Zynga's Cambridge outpost, left the company Monday. Taking over as general manager for Cambridge is Fareed Behmaram-Mosavat, a Pixar Animation veteran who joined Zynga along with Hyatt when Zynga acquired their company, Conduit Labs, in 2010.

The Cambridge office of Zynga launched its first game, "Adventure World," last September, and has grown to about 40 employees. "The office is still strong and growing," Hyatt writes via e-mail, "with a solid success with 'Adventure World' and some other projects underway." (The game became "Indiana Jones Adventure World" a few months after its debut.)

Zynga went public in December (the picture at right is from Hyatt's blog). Hyatt tells me he plans to announce his next move soon.

Conduit was funded by Charles River Ventures and Prism VentureWorks, and Hyatt helped start the weekly OpenCoffee meet-up in Cambridge with Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital.

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