How This Founder Turned His Love For Dogs Into A $300 Million Company

 

Phillip Kimmey is the co-founder of Rover.com , a pet-setting site that has attained an estimated  net worth of over $300 million since its inception in 2011.

 

 The story behind the on-demand pet-sitting site Rover.com, which Philip Kimmey co-founded over the summer of 2011 came in after dropping out from Washington University in St. Louis as a computer science major, and opted to try his hand at starting up his own company.

The company has today raised $91.5 million in venture funding and ended 2016 with 181 employees.

Inspiration:

Success didn’t always seem clear at the beginning.

 

At a Startup Weekend event, Kimmey heard a story told by  Veteran venture capitalist Greg Gottesman of his dog who had gone to a kennel and returned with kennel cough. Kimmey felt compassion for the dog and considered the dog’s predicament  “heartbreaking” . This ignited his desire to create a platform where you can leave your pet to the care of someone while you actually went on with your daily work routines (pet-sitting- gotten from baby-sitting).

This idea came with his long passionate love for pets, most especially dogs.

Tips:

Not every idea may seem logical or reasonable, but its been proven severally that a genuine love and passion for something could serve as your breakthrough.

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Kimmey never saw any potential business spring up from his love for pets, but after meeting his Rover.com co-founder, Greg Gottesman, an experienced venture capitalist. Gottesman brought the idea, and Kimmey brought the tech savvy to build the platform. The company was officially born with former Microsoft general manager Aaron Easterly joining as CEO and the third co-founder.

Need a pet sitter, walker, or someone to check in on your dog while you’re at work? Pull up the Rover app.

TIPS:

You may think of an idea as ridiculus,  but a  careful observation of the need of a particular locality could be your next big business opputunity.

Look within your heart and search for that which can serve for a greater good in improving the lives of  others. Find this and make every effort to see it materialise!

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