The Original Local Social Network Surpasses 200,000 Neighborhoods throughout the U.S., U.K., France, the Netherlands and Germany as Global Expansion Continues
San Francisco, CA – September 20, 2018 – Nextdoor, the world’s leading private social network for neighborhoods, today announced its launch in Italy and Spain. Nextdoor’s mission is to bring neighbors together all over the world to build stronger communities, and ultimately happier and more meaningful lives. Similar to the member experience in all Nextdoor markets, Nextdoor Italy and Spain have been fully localized and optimized for neighborhoods across the country on web, iOS, and Android devices. In Spain, neighbors have the option of using Nextdoor in Spanish or Catalan.
Introduced in the United States in 2011, Nextdoor has raised more than $250 million from U.S. venture capital firms including Benchmark and Greylock Partners, and European investors including Axel Springer. Nextdoor began its global expansion in 2016, and today, more than 200,000 neighborhoods across seven countries use Nextdoor. Nextdoor’s most recent expansion into France marked its fastest growing international market to date – more than 200,000 neighbors have signed up since France was introduced this past January. Italy and Spain are demonstrating strong early interest in Nextdoor as well, tens of thousands of new members and more than 600 new neighborhoods have already been established during Italy and Spain’s initial private beta offerings. The highly engaged members in Nextdoor’s six European countries represent a level of adoption unparalleled by any of the multiple smaller competitors seeking to emulate the platform’s success.
“While technology continues to enable more people to connect virtually around the world, fostering real world connections that lead to richer interactions, experiences and communities is a universal desire that’s become more profound than ever before. We are excited to bring Nextdoor to Italy and Spain, countries where local connections have always been one of the most valued aspects of everyday life”, said Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor. “The local pride and sense of community shared by both Italians and Spaniards are perfectly aligned with the practical ways our platform enables richer personal connections in real life.”
Nextdoor couldn’t be more naturally aligned with both Italy and Spain. According to research conducted by Research Now in September 2018, Italians already have strong community foundations and place great importance on relationships with their neighbors. 67 percent of Italians claim to already have a good relationship with their neighbors, while 22 percent claim to have an excellent one. The majority of Italians, 82 percent, are also interested in deepening their relationships with neighbors. Similarly, 55 percent of Spaniards cite they already have good relationships with their neighbors, while only 6 percent don’t know the name of any of their neighbors. These research results indicate that Italians and Spaniards are better connected to their neighbors compared to other European countries.
On Nextdoor, neighbors create private and secure online communities where they can ask questions, get to know one another, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors across Europe are already using Nextdoor to get trusted recommendations for babysitters and handymen, give away clothing, sell unwanted items, and organize neighborhood gatherings.
Signing up for Nextdoor is easy and secure. To join Nextdoor, all members are required to 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 and neighborhood content and member information cannot be found in Google or other search engines.
“It’s been so meaningful to witness first-hand how excited and encouraged Italians are about building deeper real-life connections in their neighborhoods,” said Amedeo Galano, Head of Community for Nextdoor Italy.
“Over the past several months, I’ve been lucky enough to meet with dozens of members across Spain and it’s clear there is a real desire here to tap into our local communities to help solve everyday problems and enrich our lives,” added Joanna Caminal, Head of Community for Nextdoor Spain.
Neighbors in Italy and Spain can download the app or visit nextdoor.it and nextdoor.es and enter their address to locate their neighborhood. If a Nextdoor neighborhood has already been started in their area, they can immediately verify and sign up. If a member is registered using a verified address in an area where a neighborhood has not yet been established, they can easily become the Founding Member and bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.
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 200,000 neighborhoods across the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands are using Nextdoor to build stronger and safer places to call home.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, 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. For additional information and images: nextdoor.com/newsroom
About Research Now
The research conducted by Research Now on behalf of Nextdoor was based on a representative sample of more than 1,000 Italians and 1,000 Spaniards.