Over the last few years, we’ve been blown away by the positive reaction to Nextdoor. Adoption has grown from a few hundred neighborhoods to over 28,000, which represents 1 in 6 neighborhoods across the country. It has been an amazing ride, but we are just getting started.
Today we are taking a big step forward: I am thrilled to announce that Dan Clancy has joined Nextdoor as Vice President of Engineering.
Dan is a proven executive who has built his career at world-changing companies. He spent the last nine years at Google, where he led the Google Books team, the YouTube engineering team, and most recently, served as a Senior Director of Google Research. Prior to Google, Dan spent seven years in a variety of roles at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Dan is extremely intelligent and deeply technical. He is an exceptional leader who has managed some of the highest-performance engineering teams in Silicon Valley. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber join our team.
Like all of us at Nextdoor, Dan believes deeply in our mission and the potential for technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods across the world. You can learn more about his decision to leave Google and join Nextdoor by visiting his personal blog.
Nextdoor is moving to the next stage of our evolution. We have an tremendous opportunity – and much work – ahead. We have incredibly ambitious goals and are working hard to meet the challenge of building an enduring company. We are thrilled that Dan will be a big part of this effort.
Please join me in welcoming Dan Clancy to the neighborhood!
Here at Nextdoor, we’re always thinking about community — the neighborhood community is the heart of the product we build and design. So we were thrilled to be invited to join a new community, the Designer Fund’s Bridge program.
Designer Fund hand-picks startups with a strong design culture that are making a meaningful impact on the world, and the Bridge program allows talented designers to apply to work with these companies. If a designer is selected, they’ll work with the startup of their choosing. They can attend educational seminars, and even receive relocation assistance. It’s a dream opportunity, one that shows how central design is to the world today. It’s one that I wish I had early in my career.
Posts by the design team on this blog have been rare, so I’d like to introduce our team and explain a little about what we do. A designer at Nextdoor wears many hats. In a typical day, we’re interviewing users, creating wireframes, and jumping into code to build prototypes. We constantly collaborate with product managers and engineers. We’re a diverse bunch – you can learn a little more about each of us here: Brendan Stromberger, Brian van Veen, Cliff Williams, Jesse Fornear, Tunlin Ou and myself, Ryan Sims.
To find out more about the Bridge Fund, read about their mission. If you know of a product designer (or are one) who would like to apply for a spot, visit here.
Thanks to everyone who watched ABC 20/20 tonight and for wanting to bring Nextdoor to your neighborhood! The response from neighborhoods across the country has been incredible. We’re honored that so many people want to use Nextdoor to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
We are amazed each day by the stories we hear from our members, and Cecil’s story featured on 20/20 is no exception. A connected community is a powerful thing!
We want to thank ABC for covering Nextdoor. This story is helping neighbors everywhere bring back a sense of community to their neighborhood.
If you are not already on Nextdoor, we encourage you to try it out.
From all of us at Nextdoor, welcome to the neighborhood!
Head of Communications
Over the past several days, it has been widely reported that residents in San Jose, CA were terrorized by an arsonist who set at least twelve fires within a five-mile radius, igniting fear and suspicion amongst the community.
Thanks to the hard work of the San Jose Police and San Jose FIre Departments, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody on Wednesday evening, January 15th, 2014.
We would like to recognize the members of Nextdoor Roosevelt, one of the San Jose neighborhoods hit hardest by the attacks. They used Nextdoor to keep each other informed, distribute stills of the suspect, and organize neighborhood watches while the arsonist remained at large. Nextdoor Roosevelt serves as a model for how neighborhoods can use the power of technology to come together in times of crisis.
“Nextdoor played a key role with safety and communications between our neighbors,” says Dee Barragan, member of Nextdoor Roosevelt. “The website enabled us to stay in touch and protect us from harm. We’re able to sleep easier now thanks to Nextdoor.”
Our thoughts are with the San Jose families affected by this tragedy. As they begin to rebuild their homes, we are inspired by their strength and resilience. The enduring power of communities like those in San Jose reaffirm our mission.
For more information and to support recovery fund efforts, please click here.
Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Nextdoor Co-Founder and CEO Nirav Tolia, Public Safety Commissioner and Council Member Michael Nowakowski, Nextdoor member Randy Jones, and Mayor Greg Stanton celebrate the partnership.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re joining forces with the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. As the capital of Arizona and the sixth largest city in the United States, this is an exciting partnership that will better connect Phoenix residents to both their city and police at a hyperlocal level.
Led by Phoenix Chief of Police Daniel Garcia, this integration will enable the Phoenix Police Department to use Nextdoor to disseminate information to Phoenix residents quickly and effectively.
“We’re going to create neighborhoods that we can identify and communicate with – a lot of areas we maybe didn’t have communication with before,” says Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia. “This is a different way for residents to communicate with us.”
More than 406 neighborhoods, representing nearly 80% of the City of Phoenix, have already started Nextdoor websites.
Phoenix joins other progressive cities like New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Austin that have partnered with Nextdoor to make their local neighborhoods stronger and safer places to call home.
You can join or start your own Nextdoor neighborhood here.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office officials, local Nextdoor members, and Nextdoor Co-Founder Sarah Leary celebrate this new partnership.
We’re kicking off the new year in a big way – by partnering with the largest sheriff’s office in Texas!
Starting today, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will use Nextdoor to provide important information like crime and safety updates to residents using the platform.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is, not only the largest sheriff’s office in Texas, it’s the third largest in the United States. This is the largest sheriff’s office and county to join the Nextdoor platform in the company’s history.
Already, more than 375 neighborhoods in Harris County use Nextdoor.
“Communicating and watching out for each other are the most important things that we can do,” said Harris County Nextdoor member, Carol Jones. “Knowing what is going on around us is only going to make us more aware and more alert.”
We are excited to partner with such a progressive Sheriff’s Office to continue to help make Harris County neighborhoods stronger and safer.
You can join or start your own Nextdoor neighborhood here.
As temperatures plummet across the country, neighbors are retreating indoors to bundle up and stay safe in this chilly start to 2014. Neighbors are turning to each other to stay safe and connected while they’re huddled indoors.
Here are a few tips on how to use Nextdoor during this cold snap:
- Use Urgent Alerts in times of need. Whether it’s due to lost power from ice storms, stranded cars in snow drifts, or to spread safety information from your local police department, our Urgent Alerts can help disseminate important information quickly and effectively.
- Coordinate a playdate for kids who have snow days. Are your kids stuck at home and cooped up thanks to school cancellations? Connect with other parents in your neighborhood to plan a playdate that’s close by.
- Offer a hand. Do you have time this week to help a neighbor shovel snow, deliver a meal, or lend an extra space heater? Let your neighbors know on Nextdoor and extend what may be a very needed hand.
- Plan a neighborhood dinner. Send out an invitation to a neighborhood dinner to keep everyone in from the cold and well-fed. Invite your neighbors to bring a stash of some of their cold-weather foods, or order in and make it a take-out feast.
- Share safety tips with neighbors. Keep connected and well-informed by spreading cold-weather tips to your neighbors, like warning each other to bring pets indoors at night, keep water running to prevent frozen pipes, and how to best insulate against the cold.
From all of us at Nextdoor, stay safe and warm this week! If you have any examples of ways you have used Nextdoor during this severe weather and want to share your story, contact us at email@example.com.