DogVacay Appoints Former Riot Games Executive as Chief Technology Officer

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Leading pet-sitting community is on a clear path to profitability, booking millions of overnights with its community of 30,000 hosts this year alone

DogVacay (, the leading online and mobile pet-sitting community that connects busy pet parents with experienced local hosts, today announced the hire of Michael Root as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Root will oversee all developments coming from DogVacay’s technical departments including front-end back-end engineering, mobile, DevOps and quality assurance as well as further build the company’s engineering teams.

Root brings 28 years of tech experience to the role of CTO. He comes to DogVacay from Riot Games, where he worked for eight years and most recently served as Technical Director of the e-Commerce team. He helped grow Riot Games from a small startup to the world-class company it is today. He’s responsible for successfully launching the Riot Games merchandise store that now serves customers across 32 countries, 13 languages and 3 currencies, building an API solution for Riot Games, and hiring key developers and consultants to expand the organization’s impressive team.

“I’ve always been a huge animal lover, and I’m thrilled to be working with the DogVacay team and supporting its mission of making life better for pets and for people,” said Michael Root, CTO of DogVacay. “As CTO, we’ll work to continue iterating the technology to make it more efficient and better deliver DogVacay’s service, which connects busy pet owners with loving sitters.”

His appointment will help continue the path set by DogVacay’s tremendous growth these past several years and solidify its position as the #1 trusted pet-sitting community in the $15 billion pet services market.

“We’re thrilled to bring Michael onboard with his proven track record of executing innovative technical solutions and leading results-driven teams,” said DogVacay founder and CEO, Aaron Hirschhorn. “His expertise will help the DogVacay platform be even more efficient both online and on mobile and make matching pet owners with the best host for their needs easier than ever.”

DogVacay has booked millions of nights to date and will book millions more this year with its community of 30,000 hosts across the U.S. and Canada. The company has raised $47M in funding from investors including Benchmark Capital, Foundation Capital, First Round Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, OMERS and more. For more information, please visit

About DogVacay
DogVacay is an online and mobile community that connects pet parents in need of pet care services (home dog boarding, pet sitting, doggie daycare) with qualified pet caregivers. DogVacay has thousands of vetted and insured dog (and cat!) lovers across the country ready to watch your pet like they are a member of their family. Guests can browse hosts in their area, schedule and book online or through DogVacay’s mobile app. All reservations include vet insurance, 24/7 emergency support and daily photo updates. DogVacay was founded by husband and wife team Aaron and Karine Hirschhorn in March 2012.

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