Startup Clinic: Pinterest clones and the difficulty of getting timing right

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of VentureBeat columns by award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk. She’s going to be our startup critic: She’ll review new companies, point out what they’re doing right, and give them advice (which she’s never shy about anyway) for how they can improve. This week she takes a look at Boxnutt.

Zynga ‘unleashes’ bigwig Mark Pincus after big product unveiling

Zynga chief executive Mark Pincus was quiet for the past couple of months as Facebook went public and Zynga geared up for its big Unleashed event last week, where the massive social-game developer unveiled its latest social games. But afterward, Zynga unleashed Pincus for an interview with the Associated Press. Here’s some of the choice quotes from the man whose company brought us social games on Facebook such as FarmVille, CityVille, and now The Ville.