Dennis Crowley

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Dennis Crowley
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Born (1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 38)
Medway, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Syracuse University (B.A. 1998) New York University (M.P.S. 2004)
Occupation internet entrepreneur
Known for Co-founder of Dodgeball and Foursquare
Website
denniscrowley.com

Dennis Crowley (born June 19, 1976) is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the popular social networking sites Dodgeball and Foursquare.

Education[edit]

Crowley was born in Medway, Massachusetts and graduated from nearby Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts in 1994 and was featured in the front-cover story of Xaverian's seasonal magazine. He received a B.A. in 1998 from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a M.P.S. master's degree in 2004 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).[1]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Syracuse, Crowley worked as a researcher for Jupiter Communications. In 2000, he joined mobile app provider Vindigo as a product developer. In 2003, he worked on MTV's wireless product development side, and held stints at PacManhattan and ConQwest 2004.[2]

Crowley co-founded Dodgeball with fellow student Alex Rainert in 2003 while attending New York University.[3] Dodgeball was subsequently acquired by Google in 2005,[4] after which Crowley along with Naveen Selvadurai developed a second version of the original Dodgeball service called Foursquare in late 2008 and launched the service at SXSW in 2009.[5] Foursquare, offering location-based social networking services via mobile devices, had over 6 million users worldwide as of January 2011,[6] 10 million users as of June 2011[7] and 25 million users reportedly in August 2012.[8]

Awards[edit]

Crowley has been a member of the Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40 in 2011; he was also named one of Fortune Magazine's "40 under 40" Business's hottest rising stars in 2010.[9][10] The online magazine AskMen.com ranked Dennis Crowley number 19 of the "Top 49 Most Influential Men 2010."[11] In 2005, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[12]

Controversy 2014 Boston Marathon[edit]

In 2014 Crowley admitted to producing a fraudulent Boston Marathon bib for his wife, Chelsa Crowley, to use.[13] He apologized for his actions. In a statement, Crowley admitted what he had done had "...overshadowed the event for those who ran and those who ran to honor others".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York University – Alumni Profile: Dennis Crowley (TSOA '04)
  2. ^ Gernstetter, Blake (July 7, 2010). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, DENNIS CROWLEY, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF FOURSQUARE?". Mediabistro. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Adams, Tim (25 April 2010). "Will Foursquare be the new Twitter?". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Polytechnic University paper
  5. ^ https://foursquare.com/about
  6. ^ "So we grew 3400% last year…". January 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sarah Lacy. "Foursquare Closes $50M at a $600M Valuation". TechCrunch. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Sloane, Garrett. "Foursquare’s big overhaul falls flat with users". The New York Post. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Kira Bindrim. "Dennis Crowley". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  10. ^ 40 under 40 – 29. Dennis Crowley – FORTUNE
  11. ^ "Dennis Crowley Top49 Men". askmen.com. October 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b MOSENDZ, POLLY. "Foursquare CEO and Wife Fake a Bib for the Boston Marathon [UPDATED]". BetaBeat. 

http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/2014/04/25/foursquare-founder-apologizes-for-bib-fraud/PmQ5wMmsyO3n3n7v6R9zEN/story.html

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