Yesterday, the Internet was plastered with headlines announcing the news that DogVacay—the startup better known as “Airbnb for dogs”—secured $25 million in funding.
It turns out that they’re not the only one who have noticed a gap in the doggy sitting industry. The concept was actually the first startup idea of “One Sentence Startup Pitches,” the amusing Facebook group we wrote about last month.
When the group was founded back in August, it saw the following post as its first pitch:
Despite the fact that DogVacay was founded in 2012 and OSSP only conceptualized the idea this past summer, the group—apparently now calling themselves “a startup incubator/dog-focused-thinktank”—is looking to get recognized for the multi-million dollar idea.
One group member sent an email that was equal parts humor and seriousness to the startup’s help address, asking that it get forwarded to DogVacay CEO Aaron Hirschhorn.The email proposes a deal: In exchange for being added to the sponsor list on DogVacay’s website, the Facebook group would continue to promote the idea of Airbnb for dogs via a pinned post and would contribute a symbolic donation of $33. The email:
It doesn’t look like “One Sentence Startup Pitches” has heard back from Mr. Hirschhorn yet. We’ll keep you posted.