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Barking up the right tree: Rover’s dog-sitting marketplace sees massive growth

Two weeks ago, DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn said that he thought his dog-sitting startup was an order of magnitude larger than its close competitor, Seattle-based Rover.com. It seems he may have spoken too soon. Rover announced today that its revenue has increased by 575 percent year-over-year, blowing past DogVacay’s 200 percent jump. While Rover won’t release exact… Read More

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Rover bites back after DogVacay claims to be top dog among pooch-boarding startups

Who is the top dog in canine boarding? That question is a contentious one among two pet-sitting startups. DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn told PandoDaily earlier this week that his company’s business is an order of magnitude larger than Seattle-based Rover.com, a statement that came as the company expanded its services and updated its mobile app. But Rover… Read More

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DogVacay looks to be top breed in pet boarding, laps up $15M to bite back at Rover.com

It’s turning into an epic dog fight. DogVacay today announced that it has secured $15 million in fresh funding, money that the Santa Monica, California company plans to use to expand its pet boarding service and compete more aggressively with Seattle-based Rover.com. In fact, the funding — provided by Foundation Capital, Benchmark, First Round Capital, DAG… Read More

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Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets

This could be one very interesting dog fight. A new startup company out of Los Angeles by the name of DogVacay is getting some attention today after it launched an online marketplace for pet owners to find nearby lodging for their dogs.  Basically, it’s an Airbnb for pet care. Sound familiar? It should since Madrona Venture Group’s Greg… Read More