How Foursquare sees their role in mobile commerce, NFC and the competitive landscape – with Holger Luedorf (Part 3)
If you are in the mobile business there is no doubt you’ve heard and probably used Foursquare. This is the company that has pioneered the “check-in economy” and many other products have followed suit to limited or no success – including early initiatives from GoWalla, Facebook and Google.
Now that Foursquare has over 15 million users who have checked in over 1.5 billion times around the globe they are augmenting their offering by bringing on new services around discovery and helping drive people to local businesses.
This is part three (see part 1, part 2 here) of a three part interview I did with Holger Luedorf, VP of Mobile and International at Foursquare. In this final segment: We explore Foursquare’s view on mobile commerce and enablement and how the relationship with their partner American Express has panned out, their thoughts on how NFC will impact their business, the importance of their new product Save to Foursquare and how Foursquare views the competition.
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About Holger Luedorf
Holger is VP of Mobile & International for foursquare. He has held positions in internet and mobile services since 1998. Before joining foursquare, Holger worked at Yahoo Mobile as a Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for all of Yahoo’s strategic partnerships with global OEMs. Prior to Yahoo Mobile, Holger worked at T-Mobile International and Red Message. Holger holds a German Diplom in Business and Japanese from Hochschule Bremen and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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