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Rover.com fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace Rover.com has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of Fab.com, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… 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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Stowthat wants to be the ‘Airbnb of self-storage’

We’ve already seen the Airbnb for dog sitting (Rover.com, Dog Vacay) and for commuting (Lyft, Sidecar). Now, get ready for the equivalent of self-storage. Here comes Stowthat, a new concept that takes a page out of Airbnb’s popular hotel alternative. As the name suggests, Stowthat creates an online marketplace to match those in need of… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Hire of the Year

We’re back for another round of voting in the GeekWire Awards. And today’s category — Hire of the Year — is a critical one as companies engage in an all-out war for talent. This category is presented by Summit Group Solutions, and it marks one of three remaining categories in the Awards voting process.  We… Read More

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The cat’s out of the bag: Former Cheezburger CTO Scott Porad joins dog sitting service Rover.com

In his previous life, Scott Porad ran the technical operations for one of the world’s largest cat blogs: I Can Has Cheezburger. But now Porad, who left Cheezburger last month, has leashed an entirely new opportunity. Of all places, he’s landed at Rover.com, the Seattle startup that specializes in matching pet sitters with dog owners…. Read More

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CrunchFund, Madrona invest $3.4M in dog-sitting service Rover

Dog-loving venture capitalist Michael Arrington is among the new investors in Rover.com, the Seattle online service that helps pet owners find lodging for their canine companions. The company, started by venture capitalist Greg Gottesman at a Startup Weekend event in Seattle last year, just closed a $3.4 million series A financing round. In addition to Arrington’s… 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

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Rover.com devours cash to play doggie day care matchmaker

Rover.com, the Seattle upstart that matches those seeking doggie care with nearby pet sitters, has raised $1.8 million, according to a SEC filing. The site, which launched last month, has an unusual history. It was started by venture capitalist Greg Gottesman who pitched the idea at a Startup Weekend event in Seattle last year. Gottesman… Read More