17 Things About Nirav Tolia

nirav380As the product of a small town — Odessa, Texas, which was immortalized in Buzz Bissinger’s “Friday Night Lights” — Nextdoor co-founder Nirav Tolia knows the benefits of a hyperlocal community. The early Yahoo veteran (and Epinions co-founder) launched Nextdoor in October 2011, and more than 6,000 local social networks are currently sprinkled throughout the country.

He recently answered a few of our questions:

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
“Sesame Street” — wasn’t that every kid’s favorite show?

What qualities do you like in a person?
Warmth, intelligence, passion.

What qualities do you dislike?
Insincerity, laziness, ambivalence.

Name one thing you will regret never having done (if you never do it).
Attending a Super Bowl the Dallas Cowboys win.

Do you still buy CDs or rent DVDs?
I’m all digital; I haven’t bought a CD or DVD in years.

What would you be doing if you were not in your current job?
I’d aspire to be a doctor (like my parents and sibling) but I couldn’t hack it.

What is your greatest achievement to date?
Having a great relationship with my wife — she’s my inspiration, soulmate and best friend.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
iPhone. I am intensely loyal to Apple.

If you could meet any historical or fictional person, who would it be?
Mahatma Gandhi.

What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
Email, Twitter, New York Times, Nextdoor, ESPN.

What was the last thing you fixed?
A Wi-Fi baby monitor for my newborn son, Deven.

What was your first computer?
Apple 2E.

Do you have a dog or cat or other pet?
No, but does a four-month-old son count? He has similar capabilities.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

What was the last book you read?
“Brain Rules for Baby,” but my all-time favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

Name your favorite guilty pleasure.
A huge Tex-Mex or BBQ meal in my native state of Texas.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My parents.

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