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FEB 26, 2013 - Business Insider

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How Foursquare Crushed My Startup In The 'Check-In Wars' (FB)

As an entrepreneur, it can be hard to admit defeat.  When Facebook Product Manager Josh Williams started working on Gowalla, a location-based social network, his ultimate vision was for "people to see the world through the eyes of their friends," Williams recently wrote on Medium. Convinced that the idea was crazy, Williams set out to launch it in time for SXSW in 2009. But it turned out that Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai were working on a very similar project called Foursquare, which launched on the exact same day as Gowalla.  At the time, Williams writes, Foursquare ... Read More

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