Naveen Selvadurai

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Naveen Selvadurai
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Naveen Selvadurai in 2011.
Born (1982-01-27) January 27, 1982 (age 34)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Worcester Polytechnic Institute, King's College London
Occupation internet entrepreneur
Known for Co-founder of Foursquare
Net worth US Increase $ 80Million

Naveen Selvadurai (born January 27, 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 January 27, 1982 in Chennai, India, to Kuppuswamy Selvadurai and Latha Selvadurai. He was the first child and has a younger sister Chindhuri Selvadurai.[citation needed]


Selvadurai 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

In 2009, Selvadurai co-founded Foursquare 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, Selvadurai 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]

Selvadurai joined 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.[10]


  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. 
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  6. ^ Williams, Geoff (May 27, 2010). "Meet the New Young Millionaires". AOL Small Business. 
  7. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "SXSW: Foursquare Scores Despite Its Flaws". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Shontell, Alyson (March 6, 2012). "Co-Founder Naveen Selvadurai 'Tried To Fight' His Departure From Foursquare". Business Insider. 
  9. ^ Emerson, Ramona (March 4, 2012). "Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare Co-Founder, Is Leaving The Company". Huffington Post. 
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