When I was in Barcelona this week, I met up with Dennis Crowley, the CEO of Foursquare, just after he had gotten off stage from a keynote presentation with the CEOs of Nokia and HTC at the Mobile World Congress event.
The check-in app that was once little known outside of the world of tech early-adopters may only have around 15 million users, but that number has actually made it a leader in its… → Read More
Today, at the Where 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, man-about-town Robert Scoble spoke with Foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowley about future plans for the hot location-based service. According to Crowley, the future of Foursquare is going to focus squarely on what its users are going to do, not what they are doing. See what I did there? It’s all well and good to track the realtime movements of its… → Read More
A few days ago, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley sent out the mildly amusing Tweet above declaring that he was unsubscribing from Unsubscribe.com, a service that aims to help you clean up your inbox by making it one-click easy to unsubscribe from mailing lists. It works pretty much as advertised. The problem is that it puts you on its own mailing list and periodically sends emails reminding… → Read More
All this week, we’ve been running segments of our Founder Stories interview with Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley (see links at bottom for past episodes, or watch the whole 45 minute interview below). In this final episode (video above), Crowley answers some rapid fire questions from host Chris Dixon. What was his best business decision ever? What does he like least about being a CEO? Who are his… → Read More
Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley has been thinking about and building geo-social apps for ten years. In Part III of this episode of Founder Stories, he tells host Chris Dixon, “Now is our best shot to push that stuff out there . . . [and] invent the future.” What motivates him and his team is “just to get the deas out of our heads and get it into the hands of people.”
Crowley has been waiting… → Read More
What’s the hardest part of building a hot startup? In Part II of his Founder Stories interview, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley tells Chris Dixon it’s not building the product, it’s building the company that builds the product. The product is easy. Crowley and his team have been thinking about the product for years. “The hard part is building the machine that builds the product,” he… → Read More
Before all the buzz and acquisition offers, Foursquare was just an idea in Dennis Crowley’s head. He recently sat down with Chris Dixon to tape an episode of Founder Stories. Above is Part I of that interview (we will post the rest throughout the week), in which Crowley talks about the origins of Foursquare and its predecessor, Dodgeball.
The company incorporated just so that it could get into… → Read More
Paul Carr and my jokes aside, the Crunchies is pretty much an unabashed love-fest. We even get along with our arch-competitors GigaOm and VentureBeat long enough to co-host the event.
But our annual love for Apple remains mostly unrequited. We shower them with awards and praise, and they don’t even send so much as an intern to accept their monkey statues. In the past, we’ve filled the sad… → Read More
Q: It’s always been quite hard for local merchants to be found. How do you look at the differences between your companies in trying to solve that problem?
Dennis: We’re more about loyalty, aiding businesses who want to reward regular… → Read More
There is no reason in the world I should have been invited to a dinner with Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley. It’s already one of the most written about companies on TechCrunch, and I am the only TechCrunch reporter who has never written a post on them.
That’s in part because I am one of the only TechCrunch reporters who has just never been a big Foursquare fan. I get it, but a mayor… → Read More
Ever wonder what the inspiration was for the Facebook Friends icon, the one with the outline of two people side-by-side? Neither have I. But now that Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley put up this side-by-side comparison of images on his Tumblog, I will never be able to look at the outline of the woman friend’s bob haircut again without thinking of Darth Vader’s helmet.
It’s just a funny… → Read More
Earlier this week, Facebook was granted a broad patent on mobile location-based social networks. It seems to cover everything from members of a social network sharing their location with each other through their mobile phones to manual checkins. In other words, it sounds like Facebook just patented Foursquare’s main product.
The application was submitted in February, 2007, well before … → Read More
Foursquare may have a tenuous partnership with Facebook Places— but don’t let the Kumbaya presentation fool you, these frenemies are gunning for the ultimate mayorship and Dennis Crowley is feeling very confident.
Updated with Foursquare statement
Dennis Crowley didn’t get the big personal payday he would have if he had sold Foursquare to Facebook, which he almost did. But Crowley and co-founder Naveen Selvadurai did okay with the $20 million Series B funding they raised from Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, and O’Reilly AlphaTech. According to an SEC filing (first spotted by Dan Frommer at SAI), the… → Read More
On the 5th floor of 36 Cooper Square, the Foursquare team works alongside Curbed and Hard Candy Shell. There are no offices in the cramped room, just rows of thin desks, monitors, a couch, a couple of classroom chairs stacked in the corner and a small conference room off to the side.
At the center of the room, Dennis Crowley presides, sitting a few feet away from his co-founder Naveen… → Read More
On Friday, I dropped by Foursquare HQ in New York City. They showed me some stickers, and I got to sit down for a few minutes with CEO Dennis Crowley. In the video interview above, he describes his fundraising philosophy (at about the 4:00 mark), which is timely coming from the founder of a hot startup everybody wants to invest in or acquire:
You don’t have to rush through it. If you are… → Read More
After speaking on a panel Wednesday at TechCrunch Disrupt with Facebook’s Chris Cox and Google’s Vic Gundotra, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley sat down with our own Evelyn Rusli for a backstage video interview.
It is clear that he feels Foursquare is still in its infancy and still has a long way to go. “The products is 10% of what it needs to be,” he says. “Look at the stuff we are doing with game… → Read More