2013 has been a very busy year for us. We launched major new versions of our app, a brand new ad platform, and (what I’m most proud of) real-time recommendations … that magical buzz from your phone when there’s something awesome nearby. It’s one of the reasons we started Foursquare almost five years ago. And it’s one of the special things that only Foursquare can do.
If you haven’t played with this feature yet, give it a try. It’s available to all 45 million people in our community, and is powered by over 40 million tips and 5 billion check-ins that all of you created. It’s the future we’ve dreamed of, and the first version is here for everyone.
To help us keep building our vision, we’re also happy today to announce that two new firms are investing $35 million in a Series D fundraise in Foursquare - DFJ Growth and Capital Group (via their SMALLCAP World Fund). In addition, Barry Schuler, Managing Director of DFJ Growth and former CEO of AOL, will join our board. This investment means that we can build our vision even faster. And that you guys are going to see a lot more from our team.
So with that, we wish the 45 million of you a happy holidays and a wonderful new year. We can’t express enough how thankful we are for your support, and we can’t wait to show you what we’re working on for 2014.