Facebook hired the team behind Gowalla in December 2011 and it was shutdown over the few months after that. Gowalla co-founder and former CEO Josh Williams is now leaving Facebook about a year and a half after being hired. Williams became a product manager of Facebook and was assigned to Pages, Locations, and Events.
Gowalla arrived on the scene before Foursquare in 2007. However, Gowalla only hit a few million downloads while Foursquare has hit over 30 million downloads and billions of check-ins.
Williams moved from Austin, Texas to join Facebook in Palo Alto, California. He plans to stay in San Francisco to work on a new project.
“No comment on my next steps at this point ? beyond that I plan to stay in SF and work on something new,” said Williams in an interview with Business Insider.