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Pets hold a special place in our hearts. Nothing conveys that better than our estimated expenditure of nearly $61 billion in the pet industry. Here are the eight best pet startups that are doing way more than dog paddling to get ahead this year.
Yahoo! Makers, 12/23/2015
Rover.com recently crunched the numbers and officially released the top dog names of 2015. Some repeat appearances won’t surprise anyone. Max and Buddy for male dogs continue to be top contenders, while Bella (remember the whole Twilight movie and book thing?) takes the first spot for female dogs.
The bubble hasn’t popped yet.
That’s the easy conclusion of Forbes’ latest Hottest Startups list, which ranks Silicon Valley’s flashiest companies in 2015 by one simple metric: the fastest growing valuations over time between funding rounds. That means our list captures the most in-demand startups, the ones for which investors had the highest hopes–and wrote the biggest checks.
Good Housekeeping, 12/3/2015
Pets have always been an important part of the American family, but a recent survey by Rover.com suggests this is becoming even more true. Traditional doggie names like ucky and Fido have been replaced with Lucy and Max on the list of the most popular dog names this year.
Chicago Sun-Times, 11/3/15
Whether it’s the budget, same-sex marriage or the Second Amendment, it’s fair to say that Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much of anything these days.
In fact, one could say Washington D.C. has gone to the dogs.
Whenever my mother, a retired teacher, gets a cost of living increase for her Social Security benefits, she welcomes the boost but knows her day-to-day living won’t change much. That’s because she has a generous pension, lives somewhere with a lower cost of living (rural New England) and maintains a frugal existence.
You want your pup’s name to reflect their personality, lifestyle and, yes, their looks. But we bet you didn’t realize that, when you were narrowing down your list of options, you were revealing more about yourself than your new bestie.
Seattle Business Magazine, October 2015
In the stories that follow are the honorees in this year’s Tech Impact Awards. They constitute another splendid corps of inventive entrepreneurs who have taken good ideas and made them good business.
Money Talks News, 8/27/15
Who can’t use a few extra bucks? There is the emerging “sharing economy,” where people rent out things they’re not using – everything from houses to tools.
The Huffington Post, 8/20/15
You can’t put a price on love, especially when it comes to the love of a dog.
Even though the primary consumers of today’s technology and gadgets are human beings, entrepreneurs have recently taken a four-legged approach to their newest inventions.
Aurora Sentinel, 7/9/15
Ready? Here’s what life is like now if you need a dog sitter: There’s an app for that.
Good Morning America, 6/22/15
As most pet-parents know, their furry kids are not only cute and cuddly, but can also be costly.
People Pets, 5/06/15
Rover.com tapped into their doggy database to see how most pet parents handle summer travel. When 94 percent of dog owners consider their canine part of the family, it’s no surprise most pup parents have trouble leaving their pet behind on vacation
Seattle Refined, 4/23/15
In a city famous for the dog population outnumbering the child population; it’s not surprising to see dogs on sidewalks, in parks and in most homes you visit.
Pioneer Press, 4/17/15
“I wouldn’t have been able to pay the bills without Rover,” Miller says.
Earlier this week Rover.com published a list of top pet names and found a majority of pet owners name their cats human names. Not too much of a surprise considering many felines are seen as a part of the family.
PR Newswire, 3/19/2015
“We invest in market-leading technology companies that we believe have huge potential and are poised for massive expansion, and Rover is a great fit,” said David Yuan, General Partner at TCV. “Even as Rover has grown to become the largest network in the US, it has earned unparalleled customer satisfaction and loyalty. In fact, the research we conducted has revealed that more than 90% of Rover’s customers have recommended the service to someone else, which is pretty remarkable.”
As if you needed another reason to get a dog, Rover unveiled a new work initiative this week: If you work at Rover, you get a puppy.
All You, March 2015
Turn your love of pets into a money-making venture.
Huffington Post, 2/27/2015
Going on vacation is one of the most exciting things to look forward to, but if you’re leaving a pet at home, it can turn into a stressful experience. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about man’s best friend at the kennel anymore, because Rover has you covered.
Seattle Mag, February 2015
Nothing spoils a vacation kickoff like the stricken look in your dog’s eyes as you drop him off at the gulag, er, kennel. No more! Leave it to Seattle’s dog-loving geeks to perfect an Internet-based fix that means a vacation for you is nearly as much fun for your pup.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 1/7/2015
Of the many strategies to get ahead financially in 2015, one surefire approach is to make more money. You might be thinking that’s easier said than done. But it isn’t as hard as it might seem, considering the multitude of cash-generating opportunities. In fact, here are five great ways to put more money in your wallet this year.
Rover.com, the nation’s Airbnb for dogs, has released a survey that details the most popular dog names of 2014. While you might not be surprised that mainstays like Max and Daisy topped the list, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that some of your favorite foods (kale) and Frozen characters (Elsa!) have taken over as monikers for furry family members across the country.
As a tech executive who often traveled on business, Aaron Easterly was constantly asking friends and family to care for Caramel, his beloved Pomeranian. “I would never take her to a kennel, so I’d go frantically down the list of family, friends and neighbors every time a business trip came up,” he says. “This was just one of those areas that felt frustratingly broken.”
CNN Money, 12/12/2014
Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic.
Perez Hilton, 12/11/2014
A survey from Rover.com has shown the world just what dogs are being named these days, and the results may surprise you!!!
The Seattle-based online dog-sitting marketplace announced today that actor Ashton Kutcher — yes, the guy behind films such as Dude, Where’s My Car? and No Strings Attached — is taking an equity stake in the company via his investment firm A-Grade Investments.
ABC News, 10/13/2014
San Francisco has long been considered one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S., with the number of households containing dogs outnumbering those with children.
But a lesser known fact is that many of the pooches in that fog-drenched domain are named after spirits, beer and vino.
Seattle PI, 8/7/2014
Rover.com, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced it has acquired Sleepover Rover®, a pioneer of the in-home dog boarding industry. As a result of the acquisition, Rover is also announcing that it has launched a new high-touch service, Rover Premier.
This newest round of funding was raised by new investor Menlo Ventures, with additional funds from existing investors Petco, Madrona Venture Group, and Foundry Group.
Menlo Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in Fab.com, Uber, and Tumblr, has invested $12 million in Rover.com. With this funding, Rover plans to expand its online services and features for dog sitters and dog owners.
Seattle Times, 3/12/2014
The Seattle-based online website, which connects dog owners with dog sitters nationwide, plans to use the latest funding round to expand its workforce and offerings.
Check out Rover.com’s new live stream—coined “#RoverCam”—they’ve set up inside their dog-friendly office. The Seattle startup, which hosts an online marketplace for dog sitters, wanted to give customers an opportunity to experience the Rover.com company culture, which allows employees to let their canines roam around the office freely.
Los Angeles Times, 11/22/2013
Sites such as Rover.com…connect dog owners with trusted dog sitters who live near them. Dog owners get to leave their pets with a sitter in their home while dog sitters get extra cash and get to hang out with a furry friend.
Collaborative Consumption, 11/16/2013
Rover.com takes a number of approaches to eliminate doubt and make clients confident in the service. The strategies Rover.com uses aim to make the site as personal as possible.
PetCareRx Blog, 11/15/2013
Many pet owners feel reluctant about leaving their pet when they go on vacation, in large part because they aren’t really comfortable with their current boarding solution. Rover.com has an alternative: it helps pet parents find trusted dog sitters close by.
Real Simple, 11/11/2013
As if traveling for the holidays isn’t stressful enough, being separated from your pets can be difficult. To give yourself (and your furry friends) a peace of mind before choosing a sitter, schedule a meet-and-greet before you go away.
Tserng is a doctor-turned-dog sitter. It’s a career change that Tserng has embraced–after all, she’s happier everyday and making more money in the process. It’s been a nice change of pace from the 9-to-5 world and if the past few months are any indication, she and her friend are on pace to make $100,000 per year.
King 5 New Day Northwest, 11/1/13
Rover.com is an adorable, convenient pet website based here in Seattle. It’s a network of dog-owners and dog-sitters, and it’s free to join!
Chances are your workplace hasn’t gone to the dogs quite like this one. At Rover.com workers are encouraged to bring their dogs to work.
Up Global, 10/11/2013
Rover won Startup Weekend back in 2011 with a vision to provide trusted pet sitters in every city.
Seattle PI, 10/11/13
Rover.com, the digital home dog boarding leader that connects dog owners with approved and reviewed dog sitters, is continuing to work with animal rescues across the country. It’s teaming up with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue for their first annual “Let’s Get Lucky” casino night.
“We are excited to be joining Rover’s Sit-a-Dog, Save-a-Life program and believe this is a partnership that will benefit both of us,” said Jennifer Lu, Marketing and Communications Manager at the San Francisco SPCA. “Both of our businesses believe that all animals deserve forever homes, and by working together we will continue to advocate for animal welfare and enhancing the human-animal bond.”
Strictly VC, 10/3/13
Many pet owners just despite the idea of taking their dog to a kennel. To them, it’s like taking a kid to an orphanage, a place where dog might sleep and get a meal but could have a terrible experience. If every dog owner used an inexpensive solution like Rover, it could become a $61 billion business.
StartUp Beat 9/10/2013
Rover offers dog owners a community of hand-selected dog lovers to serve as hosts when dog parents travel. We’ve borrowed data and statistical techniques from the finance and online media industries to evaluate sitters (in addition to the human reviews) and constantly improve the experience.
Star News Online, 8/28/2013
Since Rover.com is a social community that connects dog owners with trusted dog sitters across the country, Easterly is pleased, though not surprised, that the vast majority of people who share their homes with at least one dog (over 75 percent) suggest that research into choosing a pet sitter is equally as important as choosing a babysitter.