Global expansion comes as Nextdoor surpasses 92,164 neighborhoods using the service in the United States, representing more than half of the country
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, today announced that it is expanding internationally, starting with the Netherlands. Nextdoor is now used by more than half of all neighborhoods in the United States, with 92,164 communities.
This launch marks the first non-English implementation of Nextdoor and its first international office. The product has been localized and is now offered fully in Dutch or English on Web, iOS, and Android devices.
"Our goal has always been to bring Nextdoor to every neighbor, in every neighborhood, across the world," said Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor. "We started with neighborhoods in the U.S. and have been blown away by the response. Now it is time to expand our focus to include the rest of the world."
On Nextdoor, neighbors create private online communities for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, recent criminal activity, upcoming garage sales or lost pets.
"The Netherlands was an obvious first choice for our international expansion," said Tolia. "The country has always been an early adopter of technology and has very strong neighborhood identity."
During a very successful three-month pilot period, 93 neighborhoods have embraced Nextdoor in cities and villages across the Netherlands to build even better neighborhoods. The ways neighbors use Nextdoor does not vary greatly from the United States, but Dutch neighbors do seem to be a bit more social and generous. On average, Nextdoor members in the Netherlands give away 10 times the amount of free items per neighborhood, and host 8.5 times more events per neighborhood than Nextdoor members in the United States.
"The Dutch have quickly adopted Nextdoor as the best place to discuss the things that matter most in our communities," said Tamar van de Paal, Dutch Country Manager for Nextdoor. "We are thrilled to be the first country outside of the U.S. to be able to utilize this valuable community building platform to build even better neighborhoods."
"The best companies have global potential because they address a universal problem," said Bill Gurley, General Partner at Benchmark. "We have always felt that Nextdoor's value proposition could be extended beyond the U.S. I am excited for the company to take the first step in this journey."
Nextdoor is aggressively pursuing plans to grow its international presence beyond the Netherlands, and plans to begin a pilot phase in the United Kingdom in the coming months.
About Nextdoor.com, Inc.
Nextdoor (nextdoor.com) is the private social network for neighborhoods. Using Nextdoor's platform, available on Web and mobile devices, neighbors create private online communities where they get to know one another, ask questions, exchange advice and recommendations, and address crime and safety concerns. More than 92,164 neighborhoods across the United States are using Nextdoor to build stronger and safer places to call home.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Nextdoor is a privately-held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Tiger Global Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and others.
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