MYSTERY SOLVED: Here's How Facebook Poached A Foursquare Engineer

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Back in November, Facebook poached a Foursquare engineer named Nathan Folkman.It was weird.

Since when do early, not-yet-fully-vested engineers quit super-hot startups for slower-paced, more established companies where there is less career upside?

Anyway, we’ve since heard some gossip on what actually happened.

Apparently, Facebook HR – always hungry for talent – went on a poaching campaign at Foursquare, and tried to recruit all its top engineers.

The aim was twofold: to get talent and to intimidate Foursquare management, which is now in direct competition with Facebook.

Fun stuff, right? We love it.

Folkman was the only guy who took the bait – in part because he’s pretty close to Sam Lessin, who’s startup,, had just been acquired by Facebook. (Also we heard he might have just broken up with his girlfriend.)

Mystery solved!

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