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Pet Tech Industry News

What Happened to BlogPaws?

BlogPaws is (was?) an event for bloggers who focus on the pet industry. I went several years ago when it was in Denver and found it pretty interesting.  About 300 writers, compelling speakers, a small tradeshow and a few dozen dogs and cats wandering around a hotel...

Wag Looking to Sell Itself

The dog walking startup Wag has been exploring a sale to potential buyers. Wag received a whopping $300 million investment from Softbank in 2018. This cash was supposed to fund quick growth and international expansion.  Instead, sales fell 12%, while competitor Rover...

Rover Expands into Pet Grooming

Rover, the not-quite-unicorn-status dog walking service, has expanded it's offerings to include in-home pet grooming. Rover claims that nearly half of dog owners use professional grooming services on a regular basis. However, the current salon-focused model is...

Chewy to go Public

PetSmart, the owner of Chewy.com, has started the process to take the online pet retailer public. Chewy lost $267 million on revenue of $3.53 billion in 2018. Despite this loss, Petsmart should come out ahead as it purchased Chewy for an estimated $3.4 billion in 2017...

2019 Purina Pet Care Innovation Winners

Purina named 5 winners for the 2019 Pet Care Innovation Prize, which included $10,000 and a week at a pet business boot camp. The grand prize went to GuardianVets, a B2B telehealth service from Chicago. Other winners were: Shameless Pets, which recycles unused food...