© Saskia Uppenkamp
Henrik Werdelin (Co-Founder), Carly Strife (Co-Founder, COO) and Matt Meeker (Co-Founder, CEO)

Location: Columbus Park in Manhattan’s China Town is a popular gathering place and full of local life. Many come to the park in the early morning to do Tai Chi routines. Later on people play chess, mah jongg and checkers while groups of spectators gather to watch, commentate and socialise.

Bark & Co – Building a Disney for dogs

Founded in 2012
160 employees
Funding $77M / 3 rounds

Bark & Co is the New York-based startup dedicated to making dogs and their people happy. Since launching in 2012 with BarkBox, a monthly box of funny toys, treats and chews that you can’t find together anywhere else, the dog-obsessed humans at Bark & Co have shipped more than 25 million products to date. The company has since expanded with a goal of building a Disney for dogs – having the backs of dog parents for everything and creating its own products, experiences and entertainment with BarkShop, BarkLive, and BarkPost. BarkBox is designed – from the packaging to products – to create moments of insane joy for dogs. There is a new, fun theme each month. Bark & Co paw-picks the best treats and innovative toys to match a dog’s unique needs, including allergies or heavy chewers. While the BarkShop is loaded with products for dogs to play, eat, nest and more, BarkPost creates original content for dog people, helping dogs share their stories with the world using the power of humans.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.