Marketplace Mobile App Connects Future Pet Parents to Reputable Breeders | FinderPets

Animal Innovations Show - Episode 95 - FinderPets

Marketplace Mobile App Connects Future Pet Parents to Reputable Breeders | FinderPets

Looking for the best way to find your new pet without getting scammed?

The FinderPets marketplace mobile app connects pet parents like you to reputable breeders.

According to Ali Mojaddedi, who serves as the co-founder and CEO,

“We are a mobile application that connects future parents to reputable readers through a modern concept that’s designed like Bumble… We are also working on trying to get these pets transported to their new homes, to a safe avenue.”

Helping Pets Find Their Right Homes Through FinderPets

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With the population consisting of more and more Millennials and Generation Z members, Ali and his team got their inspiration from Bumble and Tinder, which are primary apps that people use for communication.

“We are trying to integrate this kind of concept with pets and trying to become the Bumble or Tinder for pets that connects them to the right homes,”

Ali explained succinctly.

helping pets find their right homes with finderpets

To do that, Ali disclosed that they have a screening process for both future pet parents and reputable breeders.

For instance, they only work with reputable builders from association clubs like AKC and other recognized groups. They also send out questionnaires for future pet parents, asking them questions like whether or not they have a space in their home for their pets and their contingency plan to take care of the pet should a life crisis arise, among others.

“We’re trying to encourage you to steer away from disruptive practices in general. Because if people are steering away from them…they will be disrupted. And their businesses will be suffering, which is a good thing, and fewer animals will be harmed.”

How FinderPets Came About

Having been a respiratory therapist for almost a decade, Ali never envisioned himself being on top of a project or company that would bring happiness to the pet tech sector.

However, life had other plans.

Ali shared, remembering,

“My co-founder and I are both respiratory therapists. So, we both work frontline with COVID. We both have sick family members. We were separated from our families for almost a year… Now, we decided to get a pet to keep our sanity… We both looked online, but we both got scammed.”

helping pets find their right homes with finderpetsThat experience frustrated both of them so much that they decided to look at the data and saw that scams have skyrocketed through the roof during the pandemic.

But it wasn’t until Ali heard his sister-in-law wish that for an easy and safe way to get a pet online that a light bulb really lit in their heads.

“We just got together, collaborated, and thought to ourselves, What is the best way to make this happen?’. Then we applied to the Founder Institute for the 2021 Summit Cohort and got accepted to realize the idea.”

This led Ali and his co-founder to believe that they had something special that could really help pets and people who want pets and provide a better world for everybody.

When asked when they envision launching the marketplace mobile app, Ali answered that they’re hoping to do it by the summer of 2022 at the latest.

 

 

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Check out their website at http://www.finderpets.com/.

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Ali: My name is Ali Mojaddedi.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of my company, Finder Pets. We are a mobile application that connects future pet parents directly with breeders through a modern concept that’s designed like Bumble with a swipe left, swipe right concept.

And we are also working on trying to get these pets transport to new homes through a safe avenue.

Chris: That’s a really big aspiration you got there. So, you’re coming out with a new app. You mentioned Bumble.

So, for those people that are not familiar with Bumble, why Bumble? What’s unique about wanting to kind of model after what they’re doing?

Ali: So, looking at how their population has grown with a lot of users, the interface is very modern, and we are targeting: Millennials and Gen Z.

Bumble and Tinder are like the two primary apps that people use to communicate and find one another, either for relationships, for business partnerships, or any kind of connections.

So, we’re trying to integrate this kind of concept with pets and trying to become “The Bumble or Tinder for Pets,” that connects them to the right homes.

Chris: Now, how do you envision this working?

Is it organizations or breeders that are putting the animals up and then people are able to kind of scroll through and find the match that they’re looking for?

Ali: Yeah, pretty much.

So, what happens is that we have a screening process for both parties for future pet parents and reputable breeders. We only work with reputable breeders from association clubs such as AKC, Tica, and other recognized groups.

And we have a questionnaire for the future pet parents of what the reputable viewers will be asking them and also what the future pet parents will be asking reputable breeders.

Chris: Take us back to the time when you said: There’s got to be a better way to do this, right? I need to come up with a solution for this.

Ali: So, pretty much what happened. My co-founder and I, we both work in healthcare. We’re both respiratory therapists, so, we both work front line in the COVID.

We are separated from our families for almost a year and living in a hotel room. It was a pet-friendly hotel. So, we decided let’s try to get a pet to keep our sanity.

So, I was looking for a cat. He was looking for a dog. We both looked online, we both got scammed, and we thought to each other that— this could only be happening to us, especially the pandemic.

And we looked at the data and the numbers. We saw the pandemic, the risk, and the scams have skyrocketed through the roof.

And it wasn’t until my future sister-in-law at the time said, I wish there was an easy way and a safe way to get a pet online.

And that’s where the idea kind of started. And then we just got together, collaborated, and just thought to ourselves, what is the best way to make this happen?

Chris: What does the timeline look like, what are you thinking?

Ali: Really hoping, by latest summer of 2022 that we will have a fully functioning product out there.

Chris: So, I’m curious what have you learned about yourself in the process so far?

Ali: It’s been quite a journey. I learned that I have become much more confident and just— I’m an introvert, naturally, but I’ve become more of an extrovert. I’ve become more confident just speaking to new people, introducing myself to new people, which I would never do in the past.

I was just kind of kept to myself. I was very shy. Even my tone of voice, when I’m speaking to people, I have much more confidence.

I feel like I have a stronger platform, even when it’s not targeting my business or anything, just in normal things, I’m noticing a better change in my life and the way I’m interacting, even with family members and friends.

And they’re noticing a change in me and they like it and I’m liking it. I also like this whole motivation of learning new things every day and try to create this idea into something real in the world that could be something so positive for so many people.

I’ve learned so much, and I’m loving it.

Chris: Well, Ali, I’m really excited to see this come to light.

I’m hopeful, like you said, that you’ve got the right developers and they’re going to make a kickass product.

Is there anything else you want to mention before we wrap things up today?

Ali: Yeah, we are also trying to help adoption rescue centers.

We have this pledge: To order a pet, save a pet pledge, and a percentage of all our profits will be given to adoption shelters and rescue centers around the country.

So, it’s not just we’re helping people get pets, but also giving back to the shelters and centers that are saving pets as well.

Chris: That’s nice, I really appreciate that about your mission. That’s a really good thing, because as you know, there’s a lot of rescues and shelters that definitely can use that help.

So, someone like you is thinking of them even at the beginning, right as you’re designing how the business plan is going to work and how you’re going to scale this app.

So, I think it’s really cool. That’s part of your mission.

Ali, thank you for coming on. It’s been really enjoyable to talk to you.

And as we wrap things up, I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners that if you got an amazing idea, maybe it came during the pandemic like it did for you, right. If you had an amazing idea, we’d love to have you on the show to talk about it.

Just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and come on and talk about it.

So, we will be more than happy to feature you, talk about how you can help animals and help people, of course.

So, Ali, thank you very much. We’re really excited to see when this comes out, and maybe we’ll have to have you back on the show and you can tell us all about it.

Ali: Yeah, definitely. I’ve been looking forward to that.

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