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Steve Coast

Steve Coast
Steve Coast in 2009
Born Stephen Coast[1]
(1980-12-20) 20 December 1980
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 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

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.

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]

Personal life

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.[9] He moved back to Colorado in 2013.


  1. ^ OpenStreetMap Foundation filing to Companies House (UK) on 17 September 2008.
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External links

  • Steve Coast's website and Blog

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