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Featured on Sep 16, 2011

Audrey Tan

"Don't be inspired, stay inspired."


Co-founder of Waggit - a community of pet lovers. Being from the midwest, I can't get enough Italian beef from Portillos and snow white Christmas holidays. I'm a fan of dogs, miniature versions of things, and any food that has noodles. I jump at the opportunity to be creative and believe life's too short to do something you don't love.

  • Title: Co-founder, Waggit
  • Age: 29
  • Location: SoHo, Long Island City
  • Contact: @audreyhtan

What inspired you to build a community for pet lovers? What pets do you currently have yourself?

I’ve always been an animal lover. Dogs, cats, horses, elephants – I love em all.  I’m that girl in the park that will ask you, ‘Aww…can I pet your dog?’  

So, I don’t have a pet.  [Gasp]  Let me explain.  In my last job, I travelled a lot and I couldn’t commit to being a full time pet owner.  If you do it right, it takes a lot of energy and resources to love a pet as much as they deserve – and I just didn’t have what it takes.  And I know a lot of other people in my situation.  They love pets, but don’t feel comfortable making the full time commitment.

So I thought – wouldn’t it be nice to have a system where people could share their love of pets with their community?  Like neighbors loving their neighbors pets?  Pet owners get better, more reliable pet care, non-pet owners get a chance to care for a pet they wished they had, and the pets are themselves are totally happy making new friends.  My idea is really inspired by creating a win – win – win situation for everyone.

What is your favorite thing about New York?  

I love the people.  Who are we kidding – the city itself is dirty, rat infested, and stinks of garbage when it rains.  But when you go to any park and sit on a bench, the people can always fascinate you with its cultural diversity, fashion exclamations, and amazing food.  You can look at a stranger and never really know what their real life story is, but still have fun trying to think of one anyway.  People flock to New York because it’s a beacon of possibilities.  With some luck and a lot of hard work, one can turn scraps into something beautiful.  Like Alicia Keys famously sung, it’s a ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.’  THAT’s what I love about NYC.

Founding and running a startup is a significant time commitment.  How do you balance personal time and business?

Balancing personal time and business is definitely a tricky thing, especially when you feel like your social life is so intertwined with work.  But being a natural introvert, I preserve my mornings to be quiet, eat a nice breakfast, and do my reading for the day.  I try not to turn on my computer until I’m physically in the office.  It forces me to just be still before I plug into the madness of work.  Plus, when I’m with friends, I’m very deliberate about not talking shop.  I try to respect their time away from work and let myself naturally forget all the pressures at work with a gut wrenching laugh fest.

Founder, CEO