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Nextdoor Co-Founder and CEO, Nirav Tolia, Featured as Distinguished Former Odessan

Written by Sarah Leary

Last week, I had the honor of flying to Odessa, Texas with Nirav, my good friend and co-founder, to join him at an awards ceremony held by the Heritage of Odessa Foundation.

Nirav was honored for his work building Nextdoor and helping to create stronger and safer neighborhoods across the country.
Every year, the Heritage of Odessa Foundation gives out multiple Community Statesman Awards and two Distinguished Former Odessan Awards. Nirav was awarded the Distinguished Former Odessan Award, which recognizes individuals who no longer reside in Odessa/Ector County, but whose professional and civic achievements have brought pride and honor to the community. This year, Nirav was honored for his work building Nextdoor and helping to create stronger and safer neighborhoods across the country.

In Nirav’s remarks, he thanked his parents, his teachers, and the Odessa community for supporting him throughout his childhood and laying the foundation for Nextdoor. He also expressed how grateful he feels to be working on a product that is having a positive impact on his hometown. Nirav intuitively understands the power of community and the impact it can have on people’s lives, thanks in part to his experience growing up in Odessa surrounded by such a supportive community.

I was thrilled to join Nirav and his family in Odessa to see him accept the award. From all of us at Nextdoor – congratulations, Nirav!

  • Celebrating Nirav at the awards dinner.

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