[credit provider=”Joi via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/4737290853/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Last week news broke that Gowalla, a Foursquare competitor, was shutting down and its founders were joining Facebook.It sounded like a pretty bad deal for investors, but a few sources told TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsosis they happy with the decision.
[credit provider=”Joi via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/4737290853/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Gowalla investor Jason Calacanis said Gowalla’s investors didn’t exactly get the short end of the stick as everyone expected in the Gowalla-Facebook deal that happened earlier this month.Gowalla’s founders didn’t “screw over” investors with their compensation packages from Facebook, Calacanis wrote on his personal blog today. […]
[credit provider=”Screenshot from LeWeb”] Gowalla investor Sean Parker reflected on what went wrong with the company at LeWeb today.After saying he liked and respected the team, he said Gowalla’s approach “to the market was lacking in innovation.”
While Gowalla’s team moving to Facebook was reported as an acquisition it sure seems like it was just Facebook hiring the team, and maybe throwing some money at investors for consolation.
[credit provider=”Joi via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/4737290853/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Facebook is not buying Gowalla, as was reported by CNN last Friday.But pretty close.
Facebook is buying mobile location-based check-in service Gowalla, CNN’s Laurie Seagall reports.
[credit provider=”Flickr Carlos Urzua” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlografia/3300784314/in/photostream/”] I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve used Gowalla (a location-based checkin service you use on your phone). I’ve found that in most of the cities I visit Foursquare has more users, more tips, is faster, easier to check in, etc.But when I […]
NEW YORK — On stage at the Silicon Alley Insider Startup 2011 event Fred Wilson revisited his debate about the “lean” startup versus the “fat” startup.
[preserve] [/preserve] Remember the hoopla surrounding the iPad? Or how about the Gizmodo, antennagate, and Foxconn controversies following Apple’s iPhone 4?
updated its iPhone app (Version 3) yesterday, adding the ability to share check-ins on Foursquare, Facebook Places, Twitter, and Tumblr.
[credit provider=”O’Reilly Conferences” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/oreillyconf/4480545164/in/photostream/”] Location based services like Gowalla and Foursquare are still used by just 4% of the online population, according to new data from the Pew Research centre.It might sound small, but we assume it was closer to 0% last year. So, it’s actually pretty good.
Gowalla launched three new features yesterday designed to help users find the most popular venues in their city.The new services are City Pages, Verified Businesses, and the Stamp Calendar. Each are designed as a way for venues to broadcast their location to Gowalla’s network.
[credit provider=”Scobleizer”] Last week I finally got to visit one of the companies that’s getting a lot of attention inside the location-based service world. No, it’s not Foursquare or Gowalla. It’s SimpleGeo, headquartered in Boulder, CO.But one thing I’m interested in is why all these services don’t share data (I […]
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/4443447016/sizes/o/”] Yesterday, Foursquare added an apps page to its website, highlighting some of the web and mobile applications developers have built using Foursquare’s API.Check out 20 of the coolest apps →
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/4712164561″] Early adopters have seen this before — friend invites from “normals” pouring in (Facebook, 2008), big brands arriving (Twitter, 2009) and servers failing as a team struggles to scale (Twitter, 2006–2010) — yes, Foursquare is taking off and even going mass.Given the explosion of smartphones, a “location-based service” taking off is hardly surprising. […]
So much for the idea that a giant New Jersey Nets billboard was going to move the needle for Gowalla, the mobile/location/social startup that is losing badly to Foursquare.
Jesper Andersen, the developer behind anti-social networking app Avoidr, discovered a security flaw in Foursquare that allowed him to monitor 875,000 check-ins in San Francisco over the past three weeks, Wired reports.