Dennis Crowley

Dennis Crowley

co-founder / CEO @ foursquare

Greater New York City Area

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Dennis Crowley's Overview

  • co-founder / CEO at foursquare
  • Product Dev, Wireless at MTV
  • Product Dev at Vindigo
  • Research at Jupiter Communicatios / Jupiter Research

500+ connections


Dennis Crowley's Summary

ps: I do not used LinkedIn for referring people. I'll be happy to befriend you, but don't be offended if I don't forward on intros. I also don't check my LinkedIn inbox. If you want to get in touch, I'm sure there are other ways to do it...


Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people explore the world around them. Previously, Dennis founded, one of the first mobile social services in the US, which was acquired by Google in 2005.

He has been named one of Fortune's "40 Under 40" (2010, 2011), a member of Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" (2011, 2012) and has won the "Fast Money" bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009). He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

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.


Dennis Crowley's Experience

co-founder / CEO


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

January 2009Present (5 years 9 months)

foursquare = the sequel to the "dodgeball" project I've spent many years working on. Part friend-finder, part social city-guide, part nightlife game... we're trying to build things that change the way people explore cities and explore how software can motivate and reward people for seeking out new experiences.

Founder / Lead Developer (@ Google)

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GOOG; Internet industry

January 2004May 2007 (3 years 5 months)

Location based social software for mobile devices. Dodgeball was acquired by Google in May 2005. See:

Technical Mastermind

ConQwest 2004

June 2004November 2004 (6 months)

ConQwest was a "Big Game" played in 5 cities across the US. Five teams consisting of 20 high school students each raced around with cameraphones, shooting photos of semacodes (2D barcodes) to complete a city-wide treasure hunt. The game was sponsored by Qwest Wireless.


Pac Man


April 2004May 2004 (2 months)

One of the most well-received examples of a "Big Game", PacManhttan turned downtown Manhattan into a live action game of Pac Man.


Product Dev, Wireless


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; VIA; Entertainment industry

May 2003September 2003 (5 months)

Product Dev


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Wireless industry

June 2000June 2001 (1 year 1 month)


Jupiter Communicatios / Jupiter Research

June 1998June 2000 (2 years 1 month)

Ah, I miss you, dot-com days.

Dennis Crowley's Skills & Expertise

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. User Experience
  3. Social Networking
  4. Leadership
  5. Product Development
  6. Mobile Applications
  7. Mobile Devices

Dennis Crowley's Education

New York University (NYU)

MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

September 2002May 2004


Syracuse University

BS, Newhouse School of Public Communications

September 1994May 1998

Dennis Crowley's Additional Information


foursquare, snowboards, unemployment.

Groups and Associations:

+ PSIA Level I certificed snowboard instructor

Honors and Awards:

+ Named "Top 35 Innovators Under 35" by MIT's Technology Review

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