/// Foursquare’s Crowley Declares Bygones! — And Maybe More? — With Google
When Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley sold his company, Dodgeball, to Google in 2007, he left the search giant two years later and was soon complaining about the lack of resources devoted to his start-up by the search giant. Crowley called the experience the “perfect storm of bad timing.” But that sentiment has apparently shifted considerably. Now, Crowley looks back his tenure at the search giant as valuable — and said that he’s feeling a lot friendlier toward Google these days. “You know when people leave a job and they say they didn’t know what they came away with after two years? That’s how I felt when I first left Google,” Crowley said in an interview with AllThingsD . “But I’ve been able to spend time with the folks at Google and reconnect with people there. And now when things come up at Foursquare, all the challenges and issues I realize I already encountered at Google.” Could that mean even closer relations in the future? Crowley declined to elaborate on the substance of his talks with Google, which, in some cases, are with business development teams. But what about the possibility of another acquisition? “I wouldn’t disqualify anything,” he said. “The thing that’s important to us is doing the things we want to do, which could be partnering with someone, or it could be continuing to grow the product independently.” While that’s appropriately vague enough, what is clear is that where Foursquare goes from here is a big question going forward. Most especially, while it still remains the cool kid at the check-in party, especially as more competitors are checking out — is the party dying down? Foursquare now claims 15 million users, adding the last five million in just the last six months, which it often points to as a sign of success rather than its aggregate number of downloads. As a basis for comparison, the popular mobile photo-sharing app Instagram recently touted it had attracted between 14 and 15 million users, amassed in just over a year. There is no doubt, though, that Foursquare started with a similar bang. Based in New York, the start-up first launched in 2009 as a mobile social networking site that tapped into the inherent GPS capabilities of smartphones. It was not that unlike the idea behind Dodgeball. But, this time, Crowley, along with Naveen Selvadurai, created a fast-growing mobile app that allowed users to broadcast to their friends where they were, while also earning badges and mayoral bragging rights for visiting certain locations
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