EShip Spotlight: MatchPuppy

When it came to searching for playmates for his young Maltese Louis, Michael Chiang found the effort was challenging and time-consuming.  So in October 2010,  Chiang created MatchPuppy, a social networking site designed to help passionate dog owners connect and arrange local play dates for their furry friends.  MatchPuppy’s beta site launched in February 2012 and quickly gained positive response from both New York City dog lovers and the national media, including Mashable (which dubbed it the “Ok Cupid for Doggy Play Dates”) and “The Jay Leno Show“.  Chiang says the response has encouraged him to expand MatchPuppy nationally.  “Heading into the future, we plan on launching additional dog-centric services that aim to connect dog owners in new and innovative ways including creating a trusted network of dog babysitters…as well as a listing of pet-related businesses that we believe fulfill a need for the pet-related problems of our users.”

“The entrepreneurship program at Baruch has helped transform me from someone with just a crazy idea into an entrepreneur with a vision and execution strategy to achieve it,” says Chiang, who graduated from Baruch in 2011 with a degree in Entrepreneurship.

Article and video by Marisa Bramwell