Naveen Selvadurai

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Naveen Selvadurai
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Naveen Selvadurai in 2011.
Born (1982-01-27) January 27, 1982 (age 32)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation internet entrepreneur
Known for Co-founder of Foursquare

Naveen Selvadurai (born 1982, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is a US internet entrepreneur and co-founder of location-based social networking site[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

He was born on the 27th of January 1982 in Chennai, India, to Kuppuswamy Selvadurai and Latha Selvadurai . He was the first child and has a younger sister Chindhuri Selvadurai.


Naveen graduated in 4 years from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science in Worcester, MA. During his time at Worcester, he spent 5 months in his junior year on a study abroad programme at King's College London. [5] He went on to work with Lucent, Sony, Nokia and Sun Microsystems before he started his mobile social-networking venture Foursquare, along with Dennis Crowley. He has been listed in the 'World's New Young Millionaires' released by AOL Small Business. [6]

He has been on Fox Business Network, and CNN's special by Fareed Zakaria, "Getting American Back to #1," talking about how he became the person that he is today.[citation needed]


Main article: Foursquare

Selvadurai co-founded Foursquare in 2009 with Dennis Crowley. It is a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users "check in" at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by selecting from a list of venues the application locates nearby.[7] Location is based on GPS hardware in the mobile device or network location provided by the application, and the map is based on data from the OpenStreetMap project. Each check-in awards the user points and sometimes "badges". The user who checks in the most often to a venue becomes the "mayor," and users regularly vie for "mayorships."

On March 4, 2012, Naveen announced on his blog that he will step down from his day-to-day operational role at the company later that month.[8] He said he will continue to serve as a board member and adviser to the company.[9]

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. [10]


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