The excitement of the web3 and metaversion has attracted a lot of entrepreneurs who have defined the first generation of native mobile applications to start asking what’s next.
Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley is co-founding the team of the new startup LivingCities together with Matt Miesnieks, who sold his latest startup 6D.ai to Niantic for an undisclosed amount, and also with designer John Gaeta, who became most famous for his work on the Matrix trilogy. The trio says they invested $ 4 million in their funding in initial funding under the leadership of DCVC. Other supporters include Eniac Ventures, Anorak and Matthew Ball.
“The big opportunity in the early days of Foursquare was really like, ‘Okay, let’s do some software that changes the way people use physical space,’ and the way we did it is that we tried to turn life into a game. we tried to turn the rooms into a game, we tried to make it easier to meet people, and a lot of it worked out. But that was 13 or 14 years ago, and technology has changed, ”Crowley told TechCrunch. “I think the basic idea that software can change the way people communicate with the world is still meaningful and in many ways unresolved, and that’s what keeps me coming back to this challenge.”
The founding team has little to say about exactly what they are building, except that it is a “social layer” for consumers based on interaction with virtual spaces that capture the “spirit” of real geographical areas and cities. The “mirror world” platform will integrate elements of the web3, although the team says they hope to build without succumbing to the “rampant speculation” that many associate with cryptocurrencies.
CEO Miesnieks says the team is keen to build a network that only exists on the web and mobile site, potentially avoiding app stores and related fees, but that it has no plans to build another augmented reality startup or compete with players mapping as is Niantic or Snap.
“We think that if you want to create something for consumers, you have to build on technology that is widely available today,” says Miesnieks.
Less than a year ago, Crowley resigned from his full-time role at Foursquare after more than ten years in the company. He tells TechCrunch that the founding of his new company was the result of him and his co-founders, who wondered what role new technology could play in bringing people closer together.
“What are the things we want in the world? What are the experiences that have only recently been possible because of what has changed in the way people use their phones or other devices? It has always seemed that there is an opportunity to do more to connect the digital and the real world in an interesting way, ”says Crowley.