Team @foursquare toasting to the midnight launch of foursquare 5.0. Get your update on! (Taken with Instagram at foursquare HQ)
This night has taken over as my favorite night in the history of our company. Last time we all “gathered around the push the launch button” (3.0, March 2011), 20 people were in the office. Tonight at our “button pressing moment”, I brought a bottle of McCallan into the cafeteria (!) thinking we’d all do a shot from it… before I realized we had some 60 people gathered in the office at midnight so they could be there for the launch. Tiny sips for everyone!
I can’t be any proud of everything this team has done. And by “done” I don’t just mean, “hey, foursquare 5.0 wooo!”, I mean “growing this company from 2 dudes sitting around my kitchen table to 120 people across three offices, 20mm users, 2 billion checkins”. People congratulate *me* all the time on this stuff… it’s not me, guys. It’s everyone in his photo and the 50 other people surrounding them.
They asked me to make a toast — the one thing I said that I hope hope hope sticks is that whatever it is that we have going on here right now is special. Not because it’s “hey, foursquare 5.0 wooo!” but because we’re all in this together, busting our asses, giving up nights and weekends, drinking McCallan out of plastic cups and still having a good time.
I know this doesn’t happen often. In 10+ years of working in startups/mobile/NYC, I haven’t had *this* experience before. And I can’t be any more psyched to be sharing it with this team.
I recall very well using Foursquare pre-launch. Crazy how far it’s come. Can’t wait to use the new version.