Dennis Crowley

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Dennis Crowley
Born (1976-06-19) June 19, 1976 (age 47)
Alma materXaverian Brothers High School
Syracuse University (B.A. 1998)
New York University (M.P.S. 2004)
Occupationinternet entrepreneur
Known forCo-founder of Dodgeball and Foursquare

Dennis Crowley (born June 19, 1976) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking sites Dodgeball and Foursquare.


Crowley was born in Medway, Massachusetts to Mary Moraski Crowley and Dennis P Crowley.[1] He graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts in 1994. 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).[2][3][4][5]


After graduating from Syracuse, Crowley worked as a researcher for Jupiter Communications, but lost his job during the dot-com bubble and moved home to New Hampshire for seven months.[2] In 2000, he joined mobile app provider Vindigo as a product developer. In 2003, Crowley co-founded Dodgeball with fellow student Alex Rainert while attending New York University.[6] Dodgeball was acquired by Google in 2005.[4][7] After Google abandoned the Dodgeball project in 2007,[8][9] Crowley found work at a company called Area/Code where he met Naveen Selvadurai and co-founded Foursquare in 2009.[2][10] Foursquare, known for its location intelligence offerings for both enterprises and consumers, is used by more than 50 million people every month.[11] In January 2016, after 7 years as CEO, Crowley handed the role of CEO to Jeff Glueck and became Executive Chairman of the company.[12][13][14][15][16]

He was an adjunct professor in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program![3]


Crowley has been named one of Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40" (2010 & 2011),[3][17][18]) was featured on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list (2011 & 2012),[19][20] and was named to the MIT Technology Review "TR35" as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35 (2005).[21]

In 2012, Crowley received the George Arents Award for Excellence in Social Media Innovation from Syracuse University.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Crowley married Chelsa Lynn Skees at Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, N.Y. Sarah Simmons, a Universal Life Church minister, officiated.[1] Crowley is also the Founder and Chairman of Kingston Stockade FC, a semi-professional soccer team in the Hudson Valley region of the state of New York that competes in the 4th division of the United States soccer pyramid. In 2014 Crowley admitted to producing a fraudulent Boston Marathon bib for his wife, Chelsa Crowley, to use.[24] 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".[24][25]


Crowley delivered the commencement speech at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies in 2011.[26] He was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.


  1. ^ a b Laskey, Margaux (20 October 2013). "'Girl Version' of Him, 'Boy Version' of Her". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-03. He is a son of Mary Moraski Crowley and Dennis P. Crowley of Medway, Mass.
  2. ^ a b c Shontell, Alyson (February 15, 2012). "The $600 Million Social Life Of Foursquare Founder Dennis Crowley". Business Insider. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "50 Forward: Newhouse School". Syracuse University. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Corrigan, Annie (28 September 2020). "Foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley Discusses Entrepreneurship and Transparency". The Heights. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  5. ^ "New York University - Alumni Profile: Dennis Crowley (TSOA '04)". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  6. ^ Adams, Tim (25 April 2010). "Will Foursquare be the new Twitter?". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "Technology Management and Innovation - NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Google killing Jaiku, Dodgeball, Notebook, other projects". Retrieved 14 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Flickr". 12 April 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
  10. ^ "About". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Foursquare by the numbers: 60M registered users, 50M MAUs, and 75M tips to date". VentureBeat. August 18, 2015.
  12. ^ Peter Kafka. "Foursquare Raises $45 Million, CEO Dennis Crowley Replaced - Re/code". Re/code. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Foursquare replaces CEO Dennis Crowley, raises $45 million - VentureBeat - Deals - by Harrison Weber". VentureBeat. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ Jing Cao,Sarah Frier (14 January 2016). "Foursquare CEO Crowley Steps Down as App Seeks to Boost Growth". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Foursquare Elevates Jeff Glueck to CEO, as Former Chief Dennis Crowley Focuses on Products - Adweek". AdWeek. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Foursquare Raises $45 Million, Cutting Its Valuation Nearly in Half". The New York Times. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  17. ^ "40 under 40". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  18. ^ "40 under 40".
  19. ^ "Vanity Fair New Establishment, 2011". Vanity Fair. September 2011.
  20. ^ "Vanity Fair New Establishment, 2012". Vanity Fair.
  21. ^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  22. ^ Homan Rodoski, Kelly (October 17, 2012). "Four alumni to be honored with George Arents Award at Orange Central celebration". SU News. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  23. ^ Caren, Allie (November 12, 2012). "Foursquare founder talks importance of mentorships". USA TODAY. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  24. ^ a b MOSENDZ, POLLY. "Foursquare CEO and Wife Fake a Bib for the Boston Marathon [UPDATED]". BetaBeat.
  25. ^ Doug Saffir (April 25, 2014). "Foursquare Co-Founder Apologizes for Bib Fraud". Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  26. ^ Grove, Jennifer Van (May 16, 2011). "Foursquare's Dennis Crowley Delivers Graduation Speech at Syracuse [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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