Steve Coast

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Steve Coast
Steve Coast - OSM im Rheinland (0604).jpg
Steve Coast in 2009
Born Stephen Coast[1]
(1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 37)
Known for founder of OpenStreetMap

Steve Coast (born 20 December 1980) is a British entrepreneur and the founder of the OpenStreetMap community-based world mapping project and CloudMade, a geography-related company.

Early life[edit]

Coast grew up in Walderslade and London, England.


Coast interned at Wolfram Research before studying computing science at University College London (UCL).[2]

In July 2004, he founded the OpenStreetMap project (OSM).[3]

Coast set up Z.X.V. Ltd. with Nick Black, Tom Carden and Ben Gimpert as a technology consultancy in 2005. In 2008 this became CloudMade after investment by Nikolaj Nyholm and Sunstone Capital (company's website claims it was established in 2007[4]),[5] he resigned from CloudMade in October 2010,[6] although he remained a shareholder.[citation needed]

On 23 November 2010, Coast announced that he had accepted a position as Principal Architect at Microsoft's Bing Mobile.[7]

On 3 September 2013, Coast wrote on his blog that he had started to work for TeleNav, taking care of OSM development for the company's Scout navigator.[8]

In March 2014, Coast became an advisor to Auth0, an identity-as-a-service provider.[9]

In November 2015, Coast published "The Book of OSM", the book contains 15 interviews conducted by Coast with some members that participate of the project since the beginning.[10]

In January 2016, he stepped down from full-time work at TeleNav[11] and started his work as a board advisor in Navmii;[12] in March 2016 he started working as Chief Evangelist for what3words.[13][14] In May 2016 he became an advisor in MapJam.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Coast moved to the US, first to San Francisco and later to Colorado; in November 2010 Coast wrote that he would be moving to Seattle, Washington, USA.[16] He moved back to Colorado in 2013.


  1. ^ OpenStreetMap Foundation filing to Companies House (UK) on 17 September 2008.
  2. ^ Gorman, Sean (30 June 2008). "Will the Real Steve Coast Please Stand Up?". FortiusOne. Retrieved 30 October 2009. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Mathieson, S. A. (11 May 2006). "A sidestep in the right direction". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "About CloudMade". CloudMade. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Steve Coast - profile". CloudMade. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "I've resigned from CloudMade - SteveC". 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "I'm working at Microsoft and we're donating imagery to OpenStreetMap!". Steve Coast. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mapping My Next Adventure". Steve Coast. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "About - Auth0". 
  10. ^ "The Book of OSM". 
  11. ^ Coast, Steve (6 January 2016). "New Year, New Roles". Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Steve Coast joins Navmii as a Board Advisor". Team Navmii. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "what3words scoops up founder of OpenStreetMap to capitalize on North American growth". 24 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Coast, Steve (25 March 2016). "Why I like what3words". Steve Coast. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "OpenStreetMap Founder Steve Coast Joins MapJam As Advisor". 24 May 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "I'm working at Microsoft and we're donating imagery to OpenStreetMap! - SteveC". 23 November 2010. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 

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