2018 Tech Impact Awards, Consumer: Rover.com

Plus: Silver Award winner Crowd Cow
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Rover.com
Location: Seattle
Employees: 375

The dog days of business are long past for this growing company whose network connects dog owners with trusted providers of pet care. In just the past two years, the firm has scaled rapidly, booking millions of services a quarter for pet sitting, dog walking, in-home dog boarding and dog day care at a rate of one every four seconds.

In the process, Rover.com has built what Chief Technical Officer Scott Porad believes is likely the world’s largest database on pet safety. “We learn counterintuitive things about how sitters and walkers can provide safer care,” he says. These data also drive machine learning to match dog owners to service providers. “Every owner has a different way they care for their dog,” Porad notes, and the swelling number of transactions through its system makes the system smarter.

It’s also been a time of breathtaking change, adds Porad, with the acquisition of competitor DogVacay, a strong user shift to mobile apps and beginning forays into global expansion with a recent United Kingdom launch. At this point, he says, “I feel like we’re here to stay, [and] the sky’s the limit.”

Silver Award

Crowd Cow
Location: Seattle 
Employees: 30

Crowd Cow is bringing the “nose-to-tail” trend of craft meat to everyday chefs through an online butcher case. Working with independent ranches, the company bypasses the middleman to let consumers help “tip a cow” through its website by purchasing cuts of their choosing from select animals. In its three years, cofounders Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry have grown offerings from pastured beef to include free-range chickens, heritage pork and fresh salmon from small-scale producers. After expanding its reach to a national audience last year, Crowd Cow has grown its revenue tenfold, to more than $1 million a month.

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