Meet the Team – Founder/CEO

Why I started PuppTech

By William Loopesko, Founder/CEO

 

 

I started PuppTech 4 years ago out of a desire to spend more time with my dog Clovis. I had never owned a dog before Clovis and had very little experience with dogs, but as a Coloradan, I was passionate about spending all of my free time outside and wanted to have a strong and adventurous (and furry) companion to be able to share my outings with. Unfortunately taking Clovis to the mountains would inevitably mean long rides in cars and occasional pit stops where I would have no choice but to have Clovis briefly wait for me in the car. As a new dog owner I asked my vet what I should do in these kinds of situations and she told me that I should just avoid those situations by either leaving Clovis at home (which was completely unacceptable) or not stopping at all (which was acceptable). I knew there had to be a better way and set about building what would eventually become PuppTech.

At the time, I was working as a civil engineer for a water engineering firm in Denver, CO. I had a master’s degree in engineering and a bachelor’s degree in geology which meant that I knew absolutely nothing about business. All I knew was that I had a good idea that I was excited about and that I felt compelled to pursue. Starting a business is always a daunting proposition but is especially so without any knowledge of or experience in business.

Building PuppTech has meant quitting my job and foregoing a paycheck for more than two years, breaking up with my girlfriend, and selling my house and moving back into my parent’s basement. For most 30-year olds these would all be signs of a life stuck in reverse gear, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it sometimes seemed like that was what was happening to me. This was especially true in the early days when it was just a handful of us against the world; seemingly the only ones crazy enough to think that this was a good idea. Like any startup, PuppTech has a constant roller coaster of emotions with the lowest of lows followed by the highest of highs, often all in one day.

Suffice it to say, with my initial lack of experience and knowledge in all things related to business and technology, this idea would have never made it off the ground and become what it is today without the support and dedication of the incredible group of people I get to work with every day, many of whom have spent several years working for PuppTech simply for stock and the belief that it might someday be worth something. Four years ago, PuppTech was just me, my father, my dog and a crazy idea. Since then we’ve grown to 16 employee-shareholders and more than a dozen other investors, advisors, and mentors who have invested in PuppTech either directly or through their tireless enthusiasm for and dedication to our vision. I am truly grateful and humbled everyday to be working with such smart, talented people and impressed with the energy, creativity and expertise they each bring to everything they do.

But, while we’ve come a long way, we’re really just getting started. In the next few months, we’re finally going to get our product and software into the hands of our hundreds of devoted crowdfunding backers who are eagerly awaiting them.  Our engineers have ambitious plans for new software features and functionality that we’ll continue working on so that our product is constantly evolving and getting better at keeping every individual dog safe. Our marketing and sales teams are already planning new markets that we can target where we know there are dog owners that would benefit from our K9 technology. With all of these plans in place, and with the continued commitment and growth of our amazing team, we’re well positioned for continued growth as we look towards being able to say that our environment monitoring solution helps thousands of dog owners better care for their dogs when they can’t be with them.

 

Funding for PuppTech

March 6, 2019

For immediate release:

 

PuppTech, Inc. closes a $200K bridge investment from owner of globally recognized dog training business.

Denver, CO, March 6, 2019 – PuppTech, Inc. has received a $200,000 bridge investment from Nick White, founder/owner of Off Leash K9 Training. Off Leash K9 Training, which announced a partnership with PuppTech, is the largest operator of dog training facilities in the US, with 138 outlets throughout the country.  White, a former Marine and Secret Service, has trained dogs for high-profile politicians and celebrities and he also helps everyday dogs and their owners. White initiated the Warrior Buddies program, pairing shelter dogs with veterans.

Mr. White became interested in PuppTech’s PuppComm because of the value he saw in keeping dogs safe in the vehicle when you can’t be with them.  “I decided to invest in PuppTech because it solves a problem that we see in an on-going basis — the unnecessary catastrophe of dogs being left in hot vehicles due to negligence or faulty equipment.  I know this will help create a better system to ensure the safety for all dogs, not just those we train.” “PuppTech is helping revolutionize the well-being of our best friends!”, he added.

PuppTech CEO William Loopesko is thrilled to have Off Leash K9 Training partnering with PuppTech. “This new partnership will allow us to significantly accelerate our growth by tapping into their large network of customers, working dog pros, athletes, and other celebrities that have used their services. We’re very grateful to everyone that has helped us get here and we’re excited to see what comes next.”

The PuppComm, a K9 environment monitoring device and app, is the first of many solutions using technology to care for dogs that PuppTech is developing.  “With this investment we can start to focus on our next products”, says Loopesko.

 

 

About Nick White and Off Leash K9 Training

Nick White is a former Marine and Secret Service and is considered an expert in the off-leash dog training field.  He founded Off Leash K9 Training to bring his expertise to those who want to have a great experience with their dogs. Off Leash K9 Training has 135 locations throughout the US and over 400 trainers. White has published a book entitled “Raising the Perfect Dog: Secrets of Law Enforcement K9 Trainers.” For more information on Nick White and Off Leash K9 Training, LLC visit offleashK9training.com

 

About PuppTech, Inc.

PuppTech, a Denver-based company is the creator of the PuppComm. The PuppComm is an environment monitoring solution that lets dog owners track temperature, humidity, and sound wherever they go so they always know their dog is safe. The device sends instant alerts to the owner’s smartphone when their dog’s safety is at risk. For dog owners who want to take their dog in a vehicle, every PuppComm comes with a window sticker that displays a unique code, allowing passersby to access real-time information on the safety of the dog, so that anyone who wants to check on the dog can do so without smashing the windows or calling the police. Learn more at PuppTech.com. 

 

 

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