the leading online community that connects dog owners with approved and
reviewed in-home dog sitters, today announced it's been named 2014
Startup of the Year by GeekWire. The honor is awarded annually to a team
that is on the brink of stardom, but more importantly, innovating,
executing, and making a difference.
"We want to thank the GeekWire community for this recognition," said
Aaron Easterly, CEO of Rover.com. "This award substantiates what our
team is so excited about-we are on to something huge! We've found a way
to make having a dog easier so more people can enjoy the companionship
and unconditional love of a dog. We're just getting started, however! We
have big plans for this company and are thrilled bout its future."
This award joins a series of exciting announcements for the company.
Rover recently received a round of $12 million in new funding. Then last
week, EY announced Easterly is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014
Award finalist in the Pacific Northwest.
"When people ask me why I'm in this business, I tell them to name one
development in the history of humankind that has increased happiness on
a sustained basis more than the domestication of dogs," Easterly
explained when accepting the GeekWire award at the ceremony. He went on
to exclaim, "We are hiring!"
Rover is growing rapidly and expecting to double its team over the next
year. The company is currently recruiting top talent, specifically,
passionate developers, designers, product managers, and customer
experience representatives, among others. People who love dogs will
enjoy working at Rover, where dogs are welcome in the office.
Rover.com connects dog owners with a nationwide network of dog lovers
for hire. Rover believes all dogs deserve safe, loving homes even when
their owners are away. Its services provide an alternative to
traditional caged boarding facilities or imposing on family and friends
who are often asked to sit in a pinch. Rover offers the largest network
of reviewed and approved sitters in the United States who will provide
in-home day care, dog walking and overnight dog boarding in the owners'
home or their own. More than 92 percent of the population lives within a
short drive of one of Rover's 25,000 sitters, and 95 percent of reviewed
stays have received a perfect five-star rating. In addition to
connecting pet owners with sitters, the Rover platform offers free
premium insurance, 24/7 vet consultation, mobile apps, photo sharing,
videos of stay highlights, sitter background checks, and customized tags.
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