Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley and Coding Serendipity into our Lives

by Brettany Shannon

Dennis Crowley on LA#itself

Los Angeles Hashtags Itself is back. This time, we leave Los Angeles and head to New York, where we talk with Dennis Crowley, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Foursquare. Foursquare is so much more than the check-in social media app we know from the late oughts. Today Foursquare has two apps with over ten billion global check-ins, a locational and context awareness API that’s in most of your smartphone’s apps, and a suite of successful enterprise products.

All of these properties emerged from a question Crowley asked over ten years ago: “How can I get my friends together more easily in New York?” A Jane Jacobs fan, Crowley tells us about tech can make our city lives easier and how the best tech innovations emerge when people see problems first, then the design the apps to solve them. Remember: tech, like space, is a social production.

Enjoy, and click below for more details about the items we discuss.

Check out all Foursquare’s properties: Foursquare, Swarm, the API, its suite of enterprise products. And get in touch directly with Dennis on Twitter @dens.

We also talk about some planning literature classics, Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities, and Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life.


Los Angeles Hashtags Itself is produced by Aubrey Hicks, Jonathan Schwartz, and myself, and mixed by Corey Hedden.