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. 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. His joint venture has an estimated value of $600 million. He has recently been listed in the 'World's New Young Millionaires' released by AOL Small Business.

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.

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.[5] He said he will continue to serve as a board member and adviser to the company.[6][edit]

Selvadurai co-founded 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."


  1. ^ "Naveen Selvadurai - Co-founder of foursquare". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Indian American: Entrepreneurs Are Big Hits Online » SPAN November/December 2010". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ "5 Inspirational Young Internet Entrepreneurs". The Jakarta Globe. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Business Success Story / Naveen Selvadurai". Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  5. ^ Shontell, Alyson (March 6, 2012). "Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai 'Tried To Fight' His Departure From Foursquare". Business Insider. 
  6. ^ Emerson, Ramona (March 4, 2012). "Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare Co-Founder, Is Leaving The Company". Huffington Post. 
  7. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "SXSW: Foursquare Scores Despite Its Flaws". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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