Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley has had a helluva April. The company just closed a $41 million debt round from Silver Lake Partners and Spark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, O’Reilly AlphaTech and Union Square Ventures, and released a revamped iOS app. Yahoo M&A has also reportedly been sniffing around.
In an effort to foster promising web growth, the company launched a browser-focused redesign yesterday: “Foursquare is quietly breaking through as a place for information about venues,” wrote Drew Olanoff, “its most prized asset.”
The company has 33 million registered users and 50 million unique monthly visitors and now has to come up with a plan to compel them to keep coming back. Is its value as a social company or as a massive location-data-review company? And though some, like Valley angel Keith Rabois, are skeptical of Foursquare’s future, existing investors have faith. “This will be a very important public company one day,” said Bijan Sabet, a general partner at Spark Capital. “And I am in no rush.”
Perhaps this is because of the drive and passion of Crowley. His resilience in the past couple of months, let alone this year, is impressive, and we’ve made room onstage at Disrupt NY next week for him to talk about it. Just last and this week alone could fill up a whole conference day, as Crowley himself was also a participant in the Boston marathon, in addition to everything mentioned above .
He has been named one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT’s Technology Review magazine (2005) and has won the “Fast Money” bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time Magazine, Newsweek, MTV, Slashdot and NBC. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Dennis holds a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.