Co-founder and Executive Chairman
Dennis is co-founder and executive chairman of Foursquare, overseeing strategic vision for product and innovation. Before stepping into his current role, Dennis was the company’s CEO for nearly seven years. He previously founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services, which was acquired by Google in 2005.
He holds degrees from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff became CEO of Foursquare in January 2016, after 18 months as COO of the company. Prior, Jeff was CEO of Skyfire Labs, a Silicon Valley-based mobile technology company acquired by Opera Software. He co-founded site59.com, an online travel company that grew to over $100 million in sales in two years, and was acquired by Travelocity. In the following seven years he served as chief marketing officer at Travelocity, where sales expanded from $3 billion to $11 billion globally, he introduced the “roaming gnome” and launched a fast-growing contextual advertising business. Previously, Jeff was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company and served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration.
He holds a master’s degree from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
As president of Foursquare, Steven is responsible for all aspects of strategy and implementation of the company's revenue streams and partnerships. His team oversees the company’s business solutions suite, which includes Pinpoint mobile advertising and targeting, developer APIs, Place Insights analytics and more. Steven also leads strategic partnerships and business development.
Before joining Foursquare, Steven launched iAd, Apple’s advertising platform for brands and developers, where he led advertising sales and strategy and managed account management, sales, agency relations, and the creative and strategy team. Steven served as senior vice president of advertising sales at Quattro Wireless until it was acquired by Apple in January 2010 and has more than 15 years of experience in digital marketing and advertising.
Steven is on the Advertising Research Foundation's Board of Directors as well as the Mobile Marketing Association's North American Board of Directors.
Jon HoffmanSenior Vice President of Engineering
Foursquare’s senior vice president of engineering is also one of the company’s longest-tenured employees. Before stepping into the SVP role in 2016, “Hoff” led engineering for Pinpoint, Attribution and Native Ads, directing the monetization team as these businesses grew more than 160% in 2015. He has also served as both director of engineering for the Foursquare app and for Foursquare Infrastructure, overseeing onboarding flow and building the offline analytics stack that now powers much of the consumer, enterprise, and media products. Before joining Foursquare in 2010, Hoff was a software engineer at Goldman Sachs where he worked on a distributed system for assessing market and credit risk. He also worked as a software developer at Dresdner Kleinwort (now Commerzbank); Qwest (now CenturyLink); and Net Health Systems.
He grew up in the suburbs of NYC, lives in Manhattan, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kinjil MathurChief Marketing Officer
Kinjil Mathur is chief marketing officer at Foursquare where she is responsible for marketing, brand, PR and customer support. Prior to joining Foursquare, Kinjil was CMO at Artspace, an art startup acquired by Phaidon in 2014. Kinjil has 10 years of luxury retail ecommerce experience, where she led marketing teams to develop and grow the digital businesses at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Kinjil started her career off in tech at IBM and later joined Protiviti’s technology consulting group.
She holds a bachelor's degree with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in management of information systems and finance.
J CrowleyVP, Product
As VP of product, J Crowley leads the product development, design, research and analytics teams at Foursquare. J has served as a project manager on both Foursquare and Swarm, with an emphasis on engagement and motivation. Under his leadership, the teams advanced major initiatives including incorporating game mechanics into Swarm and introducing a logged out mode in Foursquare. J joined Foursquare in 2010 as a director of business development, leading media and entertainment partnerships. Previously, J was the CEO & founder of Black20 Digital Studios, and he also spent four years at NBC developing digital programming.
J graduated from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and is a three time Family Feud winner. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Rory ParnessVP, Finance
Rory is VP of finance at Foursquare, leading the company’s financial planning, accounting and operations. Prior to joining Foursquare, Rory served as CFO at several companies in the technology, healthcare and music industries. He spent 13 years as a finance executive at Jive Records where it grew from a small boutique hip hop label to the world’s largest independent record company and a multi-billion dollar exit. He has extensive experience in finance and leadership in the technology, media, healthcare and entertainment industries.
Rory serves as an advisor to several startups in the technology and fashion industries. He holds a master’s in accounting from Binghamton University and currently resides in Queens, NY with his wife and three children.
Meghan LapidesVP, Human Resources
As VP of human resources, Meghan focuses on all things 'people' at Foursquare, connecting the dots across the company between talent, process, policy, and technology. Meghan leads the recruiting and talent teams, dedicated to making Foursquare a great company to work for. Prior to joining Foursquare, Meghan was responsible for the US human resources functions for two separate Ketchum businesses (Emanate PR and Harrison & Shriftman). Meghan has worked in various creative and technology-driven organizations, including Ogilvy & Mather, Kenneth Cole, and Grey.
Meghan has a bachelor’s from University of Maryland and holds both SPHR and SHRM–SCP certifications. She has also earned a certificate in organizational development from Columbia University. A native New Yorker, Meghan lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and is immensely passionate about all things NYC, fitness and music.
Brian ChaseGeneral Counsel
Brian is general counsel at Foursquare, where he oversees all legal functions and issues. Brian has been Foursquare’s legal counsel from the beginning, first representing Foursquare as outside counsel and then joining Foursquare’s internal team in 2010. Prior to Foursquare, Brian was an attorney at the law firm Gunderson, Dettmer, Stough, Villeneuve, Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, where he represented a broad range of companies in the areas of corporate partnering, strategic alliances, intellectual property and technology protection, privacy, advertising, and licensing.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Utah and Boston University School of Law, Cum Laude.
Sam BrownVP, Design
Sam Brown is the VP of design at Foursquare, overseeing the look and feel of our consumer apps, Foursquare and Swarm, along with Foursquare’s websites and the many assets surrounding our enterprise and media businesses. Before joining Foursquare in April 2010, Sam ran a successful small design business called Massive Blue, helping companies from all over the world build products and websites. Sam also co-founded a number of small ventures including Eat.ly (which was later acquired by Foodspotting) and Endorse. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, Sam describes himself as Scottish blooded, Australian cultured, and New York City refined.
Elyse EstradaVP, Global Client Success
Over the past four years at Foursquare, Elyse has overseen the execution of media campaigns for Fortune 500 national brands, the integration of our first-party data to provide client insights and attribution, and managed Foursquare’s third-party advertising reseller partnerships globally, specifically focusing on Turkey and Latin America. Prior to Foursquare, Elyse was a marketing manager at the Swedish retail giant H&M, responsible for all advertising and marketing for the U.S. and Mexican markets. She also worked on the agency side as a media supervisor at Mediacom, where she earned the recognition of OMMA’s “Rising Media Superstar” award in 2005. She’s a graduate of Brown University.
Swen GrahamVP, Global Creative + Strategy
Swen heads up the creative and brand strategy team at Foursquare, which focuses on strategic partnerships, design, marketing, creative & platform development for all enterprise and sales products. Before joining Foursquare in 2012, Swen held the title of creative strategist and brand evangelist at Apple; worked in marketing at Quattro Wireless, the mobile advertising startup; and was a strategist at Y&R / Wunderman. He started his career in politics, running fundraising efforts for a successful U.S House of Representatives campaign. Swen has two bikes and two passports and tries to use all four as often as possible. He lives in the West Village and his spirit animal is the Red Panda.
Mike HarkeyVP, Business Development
In his role as global head of the Business Development team, Mike is responsible for the commercialization of Foursquare's enterprise data and technology products. His team partners with some of the world's largest companies to unlock powerful location intelligence solutions via Foursquare's API, Places database, and Place Insights products. Previously, Mike served as head of business development and API platforms at Songkick and ImageShack. He also led categories that generated over $250 million at eBay.
Mike received an MBA from Stanford University, where he is the author of over 20 business school case studies. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two children, and four backyard chickens.
Robert JosephVP, Infrastructure Engineering
In 2016, Rob Joseph stepped into the role of VP and head of infrastructure engineering, a strong testament to his past efforts directing the Foursquare production team as it created industry-leading cloud API platforms and scaled infrastructure to support a growing user base and increased product complexity. Previously, he worked as an engineer at Google, building much of the company's early network infrastructure; as a field engineer for Schlumberger in the Gulf of Mexico; and constructed a house by hand in San Francisco. A graduate of Cornell, he is a Pittsburgh native and spends a lot of time skiing.
Matt KamenVP, Engineering and Head of Enterprise, Monetization, and Core Technology
As vice president of engineering and head of enterprise, monetization, and core technology, Matt oversees some of Foursquare's most distinctive work, including our revenue-driving engineering products—Pinpoint, Attribution, Place Insights, Native Ads and our Places developer tools—as well as Pilgrim, the venues database, and all of our data science and machine learning teams. Prior to joining Foursquare in 2011, Matt worked in search and web technologies for Goldman Sachs. A musician at heart—he plays the bass—he's also a luthier. Born and raised in Manhattan and a Harvard graduate, he now lives in Washington Heights with his family.
Peter KrasniqiVP, Global Sales Strategy & Operations
As VP of global sales strategy & operations, Peter Krasniqi is responsible for ad strategy at Foursquare, concentrating on the monetization of our location data and technology via the company’s advertising products: Pinpoint, Attribution and native ads. He joined from Tapad (now Telenor Mobile) where he was vice president of performance and business development, overseeing the creation of the industry’s first cross-device Linear TV product, TV Pulse. Previously, “PK” launched iAd for Developers at Apple and served as director of performance ad sales at Quattro Wireless. He graduated from the University of Michigan.
Michael RosenVP, Sales
Michael Rosen leads all sales initiatives across Foursquare’s brand and agency partners, helping to propel Foursquare to more than 160% revenue growth in 2015. An industry leader specializing in both large media and early-stage companies, Michael has also held roles including chief revenue officer at First Look Media (started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar), and vice president, online and mobile sales at AT&T AdWork. Prior to AT&T, Michael held sales, marketing and general management positions at Oggifinogi, Babelgum, WeatherBug, Bloomberg Media and Showtime Networks. He serves on the executive board of the Newhouse 44 and Upstream Group Seller Forum advisory board, and received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
Neil SanchalaVP, Consumer Engineering
As Foursquare’s VP and head of consumer engineering, Neil oversees the teams behind both apps, Foursquare and Swarm, as well as Android and iOS leads. Earlier in his Foursquare tenure, Neil was instrumental in several groups, from infrastructure to venues and most recently, Swarm, where he was engineering manager and successfully drove record-breaking growth. Before that, Neil worked at Google in New York and at Amazon in the Ordering organization. He received a degree in computer science from MIT, and these days, spends Saturdays at a swim class with his young son. Neil's boundless work ethic was first recognized in middle school, when he was named "Hardest Worker" at basketball camp.
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