photo by Benjamin Kulo
   Dennis Crowley is a technology entrepreneur working at the intersection of the real world & digital world. His work focuses on creating things that make everyday life feel a little more fun and playful.

He's a Co-Founder at Street FC ("building the biggest football club on the planet"), and is the Co-Founder/Co-Chair at Foursquare, one of the world's leading location technology platforms (and early pioneers of using game mechanics to drive real-world behaviors). Previously, he founded Dodgeball, one of the first location-based mobile social services (acquired by Google in 2005) and co-created PacManhattan, one of the earliest "big urban games" (2004). Dennis is also the founder of Kingston Stockade FC, a semi-professional soccer team out of Hudson Valley, NY that competes in the 4th division of the US Soccer Pyramid.

He has been named one of Fortune's "40 Under 40" (2010, 2011), a member of Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" (2011, 2012), won the "Fast Money" bonus round on the TV game show Family Feud (2009), and was worth $400 on Jeopardy (2020). He was previously an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Dennis holds a Master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and a Bachelor's degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He splits his time between New York City and the Hudson Valley with his wife Chelsa and their three children, Via, Mars, and Samus.



Highlight Reel:
Kingston Stockade FC [Manifesto #1, #2, #3 | Upstater Magazine | Vice Sports | Sportspeople of the Year | Yahoo Sports | Worth Magazine | NYTimes]
CAS case vs FIFA / CONCACAF / USSF: Background | Result | Ruling
Street FC [Instagram]
dodgeball [and dodgeball's spinoffs | "acquihire" | random anecdote ]
teendrama [cheat sheet]
NYTimes Wedding Announcement
Martha Stewart Weddings [print]
NYTimes: Corner Office | Sunday Routine | Power Couple
Wired (Jan 2010)
Fast Company (Aug 2013)
Jeopardy $400 [also: 2014 | 2013 | 2012]
The Best Buy Ad [YouTube]
The Gap Ad
Covers: Wired | Entrepreneur | Forbes Japan || Shoots: Vogue Italy | Vanity Fair
Dodgeball: Wired (June '05) | WSJ (Aug '04, Absolut)
Family Feud [more]
Kraft High-Five
Average Athlete vs. Olympic Athlete
Lift Talk
Trail Cam Talk
Ring of Fire
Teaching @ ITP
Portfoilo: Pre-ITP @ NYU | During ITP @ NYU
PacManhattan [archive]
ConQwest [video]
Big Brother Foosball [archive]
Modo Museum (Scout Electromedia)
CU-SeeMe/Wired (Dec '95)

  • System and method for communicating information in a location-based system (EP3036929B1, 2014)
  • System and method for contextual messaging in a location-based network (US20140067901A1, 2013)
  • Location-based social software for mobile devices (US7593740B2, 2005)
  • Location-Based Social Software for Mobile Devices (Provisional, 2004)