Foursquare

  • Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

    After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

  • Foursquare, Quora, Path: What Becomes Of The Underachievers?

    Foursquare, Quora, Path: What Becomes Of The Underachievers?

    Foursquare, Quora, Path. Each is (or was) a Valley darling; each has millions of loyal users; each has raised more than $50 million, albeit nontraditionally, and been valued at $400 million or more — and each has recently done something remarkable. Foursquare and Path pivoted, hard. Quora, bizarrely, joined Y Combinator. Are they flailing, or is there method to this madness? Read More

  • Pinterest Improves Its Search Engine Again With Smarter Place Search

    Pinterest Improves Its Search Engine Again With Smarter Place Search

    Yep, Pinterest is becoming a search engine. Following this week’s news regarding the arrival of a feature called “Guided Search” on the web, Pinterest today says it’s now rolling out smarter “Place Search,” too. The changes being introduced will make it easier to map a Pin to a Place Board in just a few clicks on both iOS and web. This is really about making… Read More

  • Swarm by Foursquare | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Swarm

    Swarm is foursquare’s latest iteration of the check-in based location service, with a whole lot more social baked in. The idea of Swarm is to give you a sense of who’s near you, who will be near you, and some ideas for things to do. It’s oddly addictive, which is a lot coming from me, as I’ve never even dabbled at the original foursquare. Still, that’s not to… Read More

  • Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Not so long ago, many big tech companies used to be startups with small engineering teams, a little bit of money in the bank and fast-paced development cycles. But when these companies grew, it became harder and harder to find a consensus and release new features or entirely new versions of their core products. Small startups with a dozen employees can now easily outpace tech companies… Read More

  • A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    When foursquare split its app into two and launched Swarm, I decided to take some time before sharing thoughts on the app. As a New Yorker who has never been sold on social location apps, I’m pleasantly surprised by its ability to make me act, remember to use it, and to create the possibility for great experiences. That goes far beyond what any app like it has managed to do, for me at least. Read More

  • Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare Declares Local Search (Yelp And Google) Broken, Vows Fix With Personalization

    Foursquare escalated its battle versus Yelp and Google today with a blog post explaining that its redesigned app will beat their “one-size-fits-all results” that users get “regardless of their interests or places they’ve been before”. Foursquare explains it transplanted checkins into its Swarm standalone app to let the forthcoming overhaul of its main app focus… Read More

  • Foursquare Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai Joins Expa Startup Studio As NY Partner

    Foursquare Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai Joins Expa Startup Studio As NY Partner

    Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai is joining the Expa startup studio, founded in May 2013 by former Uber and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp. Selvadurai joins Expa as a partner focused on New York operations for the organization, which is not to be confused with your standard accelerator, incubator, or investment firm. Instead, Expa runs much more similarly to a betaworks… Read More

  • Foursquare's New Swarm App

    Foursquare’s Swarm And The Rise Of The Invisible App

    Swarm is a new app from Foursquare out today that chisels off the check-in and proximity features of the main app and places them in a sparse, focus-driven new home. The app is nicely done, though it will be of most use to those in dense urban areas with lots of friends. Read More

  • Box, Foursquare, SpaceX Backer DFJ Growth Raises $470M For Later-Stage Investments

    Box, Foursquare, SpaceX Backer DFJ Growth Raises $470M For Later-Stage Investments

    DFJ Growth, the DFJ investment practice that focuses on later-stage investments in technology startups, has closed its latest fund of $470 million. This was an oversubscribed round that fund co-founder and MD Barry Schuler tells me was originally intended to be only $350 million. That underscores two things: a lot of companies that have sprouted in the last several years are now approaching… Read More