(Photo: Sonya Petcavich, Founder and CEO)
Last month HelloAdvisr ran a giveaway to help a startup showcase their company at TechDay Los Angeles – the largest one-day startup event in Los Angeles.
One of our winners is Meowtel, the #1 cat-sitting platform in the U.S. Meotwel is a recent graduate of Jason Calacanis’s LAUNCH Program, and we are excited to hear from Sonya Petcavich, founder and CEO, to learn more about this amazing company and team!
Let’s start from the beginning. How did it all start? What was the inspiration for your startup?
My childhood cat, Miss Lily. She was frequently left alone when I worked in a corporate sales role and when she passed in her older age, I felt a lot of remorse for the lack of quality care I provided to her. Cats have been historically very underserved so I wanted to change that.
What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart?
Our crazy cat-centricity. Spreadsheets of cat puns. Sharing cat client stories within our sitter community. It’s everyone’s passion for felines that keeps us tightly knit together.
What are you trying to achieve at this year’s TechDay LA?
Continue to build awareness in our largest market and to meet investors who understand the cat problem.
What’s next for your company?
Closing our seed round, scaling like crazy, and taking over the cat world.
Last question! From the lessons learned and successes won, what is one piece of advice you can share with aspiring founders and entrepreneurs about building a startup?
Be patient – it’s a long journey. As long as you give each day your best effort, do your best to normalize the high highs and low lows so you can end up winning this marathon.
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