The former deputy CEO of Badoo, Michelle Kennedy, has teamed up with the co-founder and ex-CTO of Deliveroo, Greg Orlowski, to create a new niche social networking app.
Called Peanut, the app aims to bring “like-minded” mothers (or soon-to-be mothers) together to facilitate conversations and encourage meet-ups between nearby mums who share similar interests.
The app asks women to sign up using their Facebook accounts and complete a number of questions about how old their children are – or how long into their pregnancy they are – their interests and hobbies.
And like some online dating platforms, Peanut will then show users nearby mothers who share similar interests.
Although not due to launch until February, Peanut has already secured an undisclosed amount of funding from VC firms NEA, Felix Capital and Partech – who invested in French dating app Once – as well as a number of angel investors, according to TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear.
O’Hear also reports that Julien Codorniou from Facebook’s “Workplace” was one of the angel investors.
The new venture sees Kennedy leaving Badoo after almost six years at the company, where she worked as Head of Legal, General Counsel and Director, and Deputy CEO.
Kennedy also had a hand in guiding Bumble, the dating app majority-owned by Badoo, acting as Board Advisor and Director for two years until last September.
Peanut is due to be released on iOS next month, find out more here.