After 12 years, I’m stepping back from Foursquare…

Much love to those who helped us build this place — employees, investors, partners, superusers & fans!

My daughter and I at Foursquare HQ NYC. This is the tree my grandma gave Foursquare 11 years ago (!!) as an office-warming gift after signing our first lease at 36 Cooper Square. We took it home so we could water it :)

Friends,

After 12+ years of Foursquare, it’s time for me to move on. It’s been quite a run, if I do say so myself — 7 years as CEO and 5 years running the Foursquare Labs R&D group (while moonlighting as Executive Chairman). As of today, I’m stepping out of my full time role but will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Co-Chair.

What started around my kitchen table in the East Village back in early 2009 has grown to nearly 400 people working around the world in 2021. What started as a quest to “build a Marauders Map” and to “turn the real world into a game” and “build a hipster version of Clippy” has turned into one of the world’s leading location technology platforms, powering location services for thousands of apps and top brands around the world. We started the company to have a shot at inventing the future of location tech… and inventing the future of location tech is exactly what we did.

So why leave now?

Foursquare is in a great spot. Our technology has matured, our company has matured. The company did over $100M+ in revenue in 2020, and we’ll do *well over* $100M+ in revenue in 2021. Foursquare hasn’t just found its way… it leads the way. I used to say that my goal was to make the name “Foursquare” synonymous with “innovation in contextual aware computing” … and, here in 2021, we’ve built the tools and frameworks that can make that so.

Also, twelve years is a lot of time. I have lots of things I still want to build — many of which don’t fit neatly into the Foursquare of 2021 (and, hey fellow founder, it’s fine to feel this way!).

So what’s next? I’m going to spend some time with my family… (HA! Isn’t that literally what everyone without a “next job” lined up says?!?) … but it’s true! My wife and I are expecting baby #3 in a few weeks (!!) and I’m going to enjoy the rest of the summer with Chelsa and the kids. And after that I’m gonna get back to building… I’m gonna take my own advice and get back to work building the things I want to see in the world.

Two more things:

#1. A huge thank you to all the 4SQ and FSQ peeps out there — past, present, future; employees, investors, partners, superusers, fans. Building this company with you all has been the highlight of my career. I am proud of the work we’ve done, the vision for the future we painted, the technology we built (invented!) to make the vision come alive, and the way we built the company with transparency and trust for so many years. Most of all, I am so proud and so thankful that the spirit of those early days of Foursquare still lives on in so many of the folks who have been a part of our story.

#2. If you’ve ever been part of a Foursquare Holiday Party, you’ve heard that sappy toast that I give at the end as we’re trying to wrap up the show. Yes, it’s the same toast every year. And yes, I’ll gonna paraphrase it for y’all again here:

To the folks at Foursquare today and tomorrow — while I won’t be there to give that toast this year — I hope the company can continue to make you feel this way far into the future. To the folks who have worked at Foursquare in the past but have moved on, I hope you *did* feel this way when you worked here and I hope many of you *still* feel this way however many years later. I can tell you all that Foursquare is that “best job I’ve ever had” so thank you — to each and every one of you that I’ve ever worked alongside — thank you, for that gift.

Much love. Keep doing amazing work. Go Foursquare, go!
xo,
-d

I like to build things (Founder @Foursquare 📱, @StockadeFC ⚽️, Dodgeball 📟). Husband to @Chelsa & dad to 👧🏼❄️ & 👶🏼🚀 I enjoy snowboards, soccer & hot dogs