Sittercity.com is an American online marketplace for families, individuals and corporate employees wishing to hire local in-home care. Types of caregivers that can be found on Sittercity.com include babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, senior care providers, and housekeepers. The site currently has over 5 million registered caregivers.
Sittercity.com was established in 2001 in Boston by Genevieve Thiers, a college student and babysitter at the time. When it launched, Sittercity was a Boston-only service that centered on childcare and featured local babysitters and nannies.
As Sittercity spread to cities beyond Boston, Thiers moved the company headquarters to Chicago, IL in 2002 to geographically center the operation. By 2004, Sittercity had become a nationwide service.
Sittercity's Corporate Program was launched in 2005. The first client to adopt Sittercity's Corporate Program in 2005 was Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Other companies that have used the Sittercity Corporate Program include FOX, MasterCard Worldwide, Avon and New Balance
In early 2009, Sittercity announced that it had received $7.5 million in equity financing, co-led by Apex Venture Partners and Point Judith Capital. In April 2011, Sittercity raises $22.6 Million in funding led by New World Ventures and Baird Venture Partners, with Apex Venture Partners, I2A, and Point Judith Capital participating in the round. In November, 2013, Sittercity closed a $13 million round consisting of debt and equity. Bright Horizons Family Solutions was one of the participating investors.