• David Blackman is building a colossally ambitious mapping framework inside Foursquare. It's at the core of the company's next generation of new features like Explore, Best of, and City Pages—and long term, his project is crucial to Foursquare’s continued growth outside the U.S., where map data is scarce. As you might imagine, the responsibility is overwhelming. "I need people in Russia and France thinking about places in France and Russia," he says. "I just can't hold every city in the world in my head and how they fit together."

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  • [2 of 2] Foursquare crunches mountains of check-in data every day, turning it into something valuable: the ability to discover new places in the real world via your friends. That advice starts with one crucial question: Where are you? In Part 2 of this series, we look at how Foursquare is building out their core area of expertise, location, into a public and large-scale mapping project.

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  • [1 of 2] David Blackman is building a colossally ambitious mapping framework inside Foursquare. It's at the core of the company's next generation of new features like Explore, Best of, and City Pages—and long term, his project is crucial to Foursquare’s continued growth outside the U.S., where map data is scarce. As you might imagine, the responsibility is overwhelming. "I need people in Russia and France thinking about places in France and Russia," he says. "I just can't hold every city in the world in my head and how they fit together."

    Read More »

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