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Sam Leccima & Shani Leccima Present:Sittercity.com – Genevieve Thiers & Dan Ratner

Genevieve Thiers is the founder and CEO of Sittercity.com and her husband Dan Ratner runs the business with her and acts as Chief Technology officer of Sittercity.com.

Genevieve came up with the idea in 2001, when she was in college.  She was doing some research for her business model and checked out Match.com – and there she found her soon-to-be husband and business partner Dan Ratner.  It’s been a very successful marriage both professionally and personally.

Sittercity.com is America’s largest and most trusted online source for child care, pet care, senior care, home care and tutoring. As the industry leader in online care, Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely.

Care seekers on Sittercity have full access to hundreds even thousands of experienced sitters in their area with detailed profiles including photos, experience, background checks, references and reviews.  They can either search for their perfect match using a wide range of caregiver criteria or post a job and have caregivers apply directly. Care seekers can use Sittercity’s four-step screening process to select the perfect match for their family, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and reviewing background checks. Caregivers can sign-up for free and care seekers can join with unlimited access for as low as $8 per month, substantially lower than the $2,000 most agencies charge.  Care seekers can read and post reviews on caregivers and use Sittercity.com’s interactive rate calculator to determine the pay rate.

[Full disclosure: Shani and I are huge fans and users of Sittercity’s services.  It’s an amazing service for a family with four children.]


by: Sam Leccima and Shani Leccima

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