DogVacay Raises $6M Series A from Benchmark Capital

November 13, 2012

7:00 am

DogVacay, the Los Angeles-based dog-care marketplace (think, Airbnb for Dogs) announced this morning closing their Series A of $6 million from Benchmark Capital. Bill Gurley, general partner at Benchmark and a board member at Zillow, OpenTable, and Uber will be joining the board of directors at Dog Vacay.  Like other Science Inc. operations, including Uncovet and Eventup, DogVacay hopes to become the go-to marketplace for it’s respective niche.

With Benchmark behind us, we are poised to achieve our goal of becoming the household name in pet care services.  Bill Gurley and Bob Kagle bring a deep understanding and history of success with consumer marketplaces, not to mention a passion for dogs.  We are ecstatic to have them as part of the DogVacay pack,” says Aaron Hirschhorn, DogVacay co-founder and CEO.

When DogVacay launched back in March, the startup serviced Los Angeles and San Francisco; it is now in more than 150 cities across the country and revenue has grown 60% month over month during that time.

With the new infusion of funds, DogVacay plans to add to its service offerings, as well as geographical reach.  Hirschhorn tells Tech Cocktail, “With the new funding we’ll be expanding into new services (walking, day care), moving into mobile (GPS dog collars, doggie cams), and building a stronger local presence in cities across the US.”

Looking for a pup sitter?  Odds are DogVacay is available in a city near you.


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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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