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Nextdoor’s Sarah Friar: the good neighbour from Tyrone running a Silicon Valley sensation

She is described as the ‘big sister’ who helps start-ups in her native Northern Ireland even as her $5.6bn company debuts on Wall Street. Regina Lavelle charts her rise and why she made the ‘career zigzag’ that took her to the top

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Ringing the changes: Sarah Friar, centre, with the Nextdoor co-founders as they open the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s trading debut there this month

Ringing the changes: Sarah Friar, centre, with the Nextdoor co-founders as they open the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s trading debut there this month

Sarah Friar, chief executive of Nextdoor speaks during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore on Thursday

Sarah Friar, chief executive of Nextdoor speaks during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore on Thursday

Launch: Outside the NYSE as Nextdoor made its its trading debut

Launch: Outside the NYSE as Nextdoor made its its trading debut

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Ringing the changes: Sarah Friar, centre, with the Nextdoor co-founders as they open the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s trading debut there this month

On her LinkedIn profile, Sarah Friar describes herself as “Chief Neighbour”. It’s a doubly appropriate title. The Tyrone woman is chief executive of Nextdoor, a social network for local communities — a business valued at $5.6bn. She is also, friends and colleagues say, unstinting with her time when it comes to helping others.

At first glance, her career might look like a standard-issue Silicon Valley executive’s. She is an Oxford graduate with a Stanford MBA. The 48-year-old was a research analyst at Goldman Sachs, before leaving to join Salesforce, then Jack Dorsey’s payments company Square as chief financial officer. Her net worth is estimated at $265m.


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