Steve Coast

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Steve Coast
Steve Coast - OSM im Rheinland (0604).jpg
Steve Coast in 2009
Born Stephen Coast[1]
(1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 34)
Known for founder of OpenStreetMap

Steve Coast (born 20 December 1980) is a British entrepreneur and the founder of the OpenStreetMap community-based world mapping project and CloudMade, a geography-related company.


Coast interned at Wolfram Research before studying computing science at University College London (UCL).[2]

In July 2004 he founded the OpenStreetMap project (OSM).[3]

Coast set up Z.X.V. Ltd. with Nick Black, Tom Carden and Ben Gimpert as a technology consultancy in 2005. In 2008 this became CloudMade after investment by Nikolaj Nyholm and Sunstone Capital (company's website claims it was established in 2007[4]).[5] He resigned from CloudMade in October 2010,[6] although he remained a shareholder.[citation needed]

On 23 November 2010 Coast announced that he had accepted a position as Principal Architect at Microsoft's Bing Mobile.[7]

On 3 September 2013 Coast wrote on his blog that he had started to work for TeleNav, taking care of OSM development for the company's Scout navigator.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Coast grew up in Walderslade and London, England. In 2008 he moved to the US, first to San Francisco and later to Colorado. In November 2010 Coast wrote that he would be moving to Seattle, Washington, USA.[9] He moved back to Colorado in 2013.


  1. ^ OpenStreetMap Foundation filing to Companies House (UK) on 17 September 2008.
  2. ^ Gorman, Sean (30 June 2008). "Will the Real Steve Coast Please Stand Up?". FortiusOne. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Mathieson, S. A. (11 May 2006). "A sidestep in the right direction". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "About CloudMade". CloudMade. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Steve Coast - profile". CloudMade. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "I've resigned from CloudMade - SteveC". 5 October 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "I’m working at Microsoft and we’re donating imagery to OpenStreetMap!". Steve Coast. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mapping My Next Adventure". Steve Coast. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "I’m working at Microsoft and we’re donating imagery to OpenStreetMap! - SteveC". 23 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 

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