Finding the Unmarked Trail - Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare

 

About this video

Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare, discusses the process of creating a mobile-centric platform from scratch. Selvadurai shares his insights on how he removed a layer of complexity by making Foursquare an open platform that can be shared through an API.

Key Points

  • What makes a successful platform
  • Three ways an API dataset can be structured
  • Why should you let the crowd guide your next business decision
  • How platforms cultivate communities and strengthen ecosystems

“In the very early days, of course we had to build our own API so that our own mobile apps could talk to our cloud. But then, through use of that API, we slowly made it available to others and made available even more data through this API. So all of our places since the beginning of Foursquare has always been free for others to use.”

- Naveen Selvadurai, Co-founder