Crowley shook up social media with his location-based software that allows users to broadcast their whereabouts, "checking in" for all who care. A year and a half after launching,
Foursquare has some 3.7 million users; in June the company got a $20 million injection from big-name investors like Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz (see No. 1
). One challenge: Others, most notably a company called Facebook, are on to location-based services of their own.Track record:
Crowley previously founded Dodgeball, a similar service Google bought in 2005 and shut down in 2009.