SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nextdoor, the world’s leading private social network for neighborhoods, today announced that it is launching across Germany with an office in Berlin and a local team led by Country Manager, Marcus Riecke. After a successful private beta period, over 200 neighborhoods across Germany have started Nextdoor communities. Neighbors in Germany have used Nextdoor for everything from organizing local sports clubs, to planning neighborhood flea markets, to finding recommendations for popular local restaurants.
Nextdoor's mission is to bring neighbors together to build stronger and safer neighborhoods all over 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. With this launch, Nextdoor has been fully localized and optimized for Germany on web, iOS, and Android devices.
Nextdoor started in the United States in October 2011, and is now used in more than 144,000 U.S. neighborhoods, representing over 75% of the country. In 2016, Nextdoor began its international expansion, starting in Europe. The response has been exceptionally strong, with over 40% of neighborhoods in the United Kingdom and Netherlands already using the platform. Nextdoor has raised over $200 million in funding from top-tier Silicon Valley venture capitalists, valuing the company at more than $1 billion.
“Technology has done an amazing job connecting people far and wide, but these are mostly virtual connections. Nextdoor is focused on real world connections and strengthening the bonds in one of the most important communities in our lives – our neighborhoods,” said Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor.
The private social network for neighbors
Security and privacy have always been core to the member experience on Nextdoor. To join Nextdoor, all members must use their real name and verify their home address. Neighborhood conversations are only accessible to verified neighbors of that neighborhood. All Nextdoor websites are password protected such that neighborhood content and member information cannot be found in Google or other search engines.
“German neighborhoods have always had a strong sense of identity and with Nextdoor we are excited to help make communities in Germany even stronger and more connected,” said Marcus Riecke, German Country Manager. “We know from Nextdoor’s success to date in the US, the Netherlands, and the UK, that empowering neighbors to get to know one another better has a positive societal impact. During our German beta phase, we’ve seen that the desire to get to know our neighbors better is just as true for Germans. I am proud to lead our team in Berlin that is committed to bringing Nextdoor to all German neighbors.”
"In the last few years, I've noticed how much it adds to my quality of life to have personal relationships with my neighbors. I truly desire these connection in my daily life,” says Yvonne Kilian, a member from Nextdoor Holzwickede in Dortmund. “Some time ago, I found Nextdoor and immediately signed up because they offer an easy-to-use, safe, and secure way to overcome anonymity in our society. This is why I'm thrilled that Nextdoor is now available in Germany and thriving in my neighborhood."
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor community in Germany can visit www.nextdoor.de.
About Nextdoor.com, Inc.
Nextdoor (nextdoor.com) is the free and private social network for neighborhoods available on Web, iOS, and Android. On Nextdoor, neighbors create private online communities where they get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange advice and recommendations. More than 160,000 neighborhoods across the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands 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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