When my daughter was born, I decided to take a 12-month paternity leave. I had spent the previous 12 years working in Brazil, France and the USA. But none of these past experiences were of much help in my new role as a dad.
Jokingly, I changed my LinkedIn professional title to Father on paternity leave Scandinavian-style a way to recognise to myself and tell everyone else that I had proudly become a stay-at-home dad.
But the end of my paternity leave approached fast and the return to work after such a life-changing experience became less appealing. In addition to being closer to my family, I wanted to create deeper roots in my own community.
While taking care of my daughter I realised that it really does ‘take a village to raise a child’, especially in an urban jungle like London. Old friends and relatives were still very important, but my wife and I longed for a new network of local support.
It was within this context that came the idea to develop the first mobile app to connect like-minded parents living nearby, helping new parents to create their own modern-day network of local support. I named the app ParentsNearby and started a quest to find the first parents to join it.