Foursquare’s VP of enterprise improvement Mike Harkey, who has been with the corporate for greater than 5 years, has left to hitch Google as its director of world product partnerships.
His LinkedIn web page exhibits that he joined Google this month after serving a prolonged tenure at Foursquare, which has seen a major shift from an early darling as a check-in product to 1 with a sturdy enterprise enterprise and site information set. Foursquare now has merchandise like Metropolis Information, which give a wide selection of suggestions, areas and different info for venues in several cities.
“[Harkey] moved on to a task at Google after 5 terrific years with Foursquare,” the corporate stated. “We’re wishing him all one of the best. Jeff Reine, who has been with Foursquare for 2 years, was named the brand new VP of Enterprise Growth and Enterprise.”
The corporate raised $45 million initially of final 12 months because it started to capitalize on its information enterprise as co-founder Dennis Crowley took a step again. That information enterprise, certainly, might be the corporate’s strongest asset as its location companies energy a myriad of companies. As Foursquare appears to be like to proceed constructing out these partnerships, Harkey’s departure could also be a little bit of a velocity bump, as he takes a whole lot of expertise working with the platform with him over to Google. Foursquare goes to should proceed constructing out these sorts of partnerships if it’s going to thrive off its information enterprise.
Over that point, the corporate has gathered as many as 125,000 builders and powers location companies for firms like Uber and Airbnb. Whereas beginning off as a client product, Foursquare was in a position to create an intensive set of so-called “true” areas of venues, which could not be a particular latitude and longitude however moderately a normal space that exists within the minds of shoppers. And it constructed a set of developer instruments on high of that, permitting builders to rapidly faucet that information in the event that they want an enormous information set of venues, areas, and data round these.
We additionally reached out to Harkey, and can replace once we hear again.
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