Streetlife was developed by IT expert Matt Boyes, after his sister's new London home had been burgled in 2008 and she had found it awkward to get in contact with her neighbours. Originally called "Streetbook", it was trialed in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Streetlife.com was launched to the rest of the UK on 21 March 2011.
Streetlife received financial investment from newspaper and magazine company, Archant, Caffè Nero co-founder Paul Ettinger and Friends Reunited founder Steve Pankhurst amongst others. By 2013 they had raised £1.4 million investment and Archant's media connections were used to re-market the website.
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