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Nextdoor co-founder & CEO Nirav Tolia Nextdoor co-founder & CEO Nirav Tolia

San Francisco-based private social network for neighbourhoods, Nextdoor, has launched in Australia, with the establishment of its Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney as part of an expansion into the region.

Australia is the seventh country Nextdoor has launched in outside the US, claiming more than 210,000 neighbourhoods across the US, Europe and now Australia are established on its platform.

Nextdoor says that since launching in beta in Australia two weeks ago, 350 new neighbourhoods have already been created on its platform.

The company says it is looking to replicate its global success in Australia with its Asia Pacific base in Sydney and plans to appoint a country manager to drive growth across the nation and into Asian markets.

According to Nextdoor co-founder and chief executive Nirav Tolia, tens of millions of neighbours around the world are using Nextdoor to quickly get the word out about break-ins, getting help finding a lost pet, requesting recommendations for a babysitter or tradie, helping prepare for and respond to natural disasters, and more.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Nextdoor in Australia, our first market in the Southern Hemisphere," Tolia said.

"Nextdoor is a place where neighbours can take online conversations offline to build deeper connections and stronger communities in the real world. The local pride and sense of mateship shared by Australians is perfectly aligned with the practical ways our platform enables richer personal connections in real life."

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair, welcomed Nextdoor's decision to choose NSW and Sydney for its Asia Pacific headquarters.

"Australia is the first market in the Southern Hemisphere for Nextdoor and it has chosen Sydney for its Asia Pacific headquarters which will provide it with a launch pad into further Asian markets," Blair said.

"It's a great choice as NSW is Australia's tech and business capital and Sydney is among the world’s top-20 startup ecosystems, alongside other Asia Pacific hubs including Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.

"NSW continues to strengthen its position as Australia's startup capital and is now home to nearly half (48.8%) of start-up founders, up from 41% in 2016."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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