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Nextdoor now lets neighbors poll one another, better quantify results

NextdoorThe fast-growing, neighborhood-based community platform Nextdoor has launched a new feature, Nextdoor Polls, that now allows neighbors to easily ask one another questions and quantify the results.

As governments continue to integrate Nextdoor into their engagement strategies, polls will undoubtedly be a key feature in informally gauging public feedback on various issues. Given that many use the app for suggestions on services, this could also be leveraged by local businesses as a source for market research to learn more about what the community wants or how it could serve them better.

From Nextdoor’s Morgan Hallmon:

“Polls work similarly to other newsfeed posts. They may be shared with the neighborhood, nearby neighborhoods, or any groups to which a member belongs. All responses to the poll are completely anonymous, which allows polls to be used for a wide variety of applications. Anyone who receives the poll may cast a single vote until the poll is closed, at which point the results are displayed for all members of the neighborhood or group.”

Nextdoor recently raised an additional $100 million in investment that puts its valuation at $1.1 billion.

For more about Nextdoor, read Nancy Scola’s excellent feature in NextCity.

Knight: More than $430 million invested in civic tech since 2011

Growth of Civic Tech (Knight Foundation)

Growth of Civic Tech (Knight Foundation)

A new report from the Knight Foundation, “The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field,” finds more than $430 million dollars was invested in civic-based technology companies and organizations from January 2011 to May 2013.

According to the report, investments from 177 private capital firms and foundations went to 102 civic tech companies and organizations during that time.

Organizations that received the largest amounts of funding include Airbnb ($118M), NextDoor ($40M), Waze ($30M), CouchSurfing ($22M), Zimride ($21M), Getaround ($19M), Open Data Institute ($16M), Change.org ($15M) and Sunlight Foundation ($15M).

Of note is that none of these companies have an open source component and none are focused on actually helping government become more efficient.

As a category, “peer-to-peer local sharing” companies comprise more than half of the funding ($233 million).

Knight also created an interactive feature to help visualize the data.

Full report: