Created by moms.
Loved by parents everywhere.

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As busy parents, we know that life is a balancing act and you need childcare that's reliable, trustworthy, and available‚ even at the last minute. That's why we've completely reinvented the process of finding a babysitter, so with a tap you can hire the sitters most trusted by your local community of parent-friends and neighbors.
We've also eliminated the hassle that comes along with hiring a babysitter, from scheduling to payment, so all you have to do is say "yes" to date nights, parent-teacher conferences, time for yourself and time with friends. At UrbanSitter, we celebrate parents who take care of their kids and themselves. Our hats are off to you‚ the ones who pull off the world's greatest balancing act.

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Over 150,000 caregivers

You're sure to find the perfect babysitter or nanny.

Available in over 60 cities

Find nationwide childcare where you live and travel.

Under 3 minutes or less

Most last minute jobs receive a response in under 3 minutes or less.

UrbanSitter Management Team

Lynn Perkins
Founder & CEO

As a startup veteran, Lynn has more than 15 years of experience building and growing consumer Internet businesses. Prior to founding UrbanSitter, Lynn served as founder and CEO of and VP of Business Development at At Gap Inc., LaSalle Partners, and Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Lynn gained extensive business and transaction experience. Lynn is passionate about connecting people with each other. Uniting babysitters and parents is her latest quest.


Daisy Downs
VP of Marketing & Co-Founder

Daisy is a Stanford graduate and started her career at a Bay Area startup. She then spent 10 years working for advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein and Partners in client services and digital production, advising global brands such as HP, Rolling Rock, and Frito Lay. After her daughter was born, Daisy admits she stopped going out because finding a babysitter was too time consuming and stressful. It was then that she realized there was a huge opportunity to make the process more efficient‚ and so, she teamed up to found UrbanSitter.


Andrea Barrett
VP of Product & Co-Founder

After spending seven years at Intel in operations and product management, Andrea moved to San Francisco to join her first startup, TripIt. She was Director of Product Management there when she left in 2011 to co-found UrbanSitter. After Andrea had a baby, she was amazed at how archaic the process of finding and booking a sitter was. Working in the consumer social space, she felt there had to be a better way. And voila, UrbanSitter was born.


Jessica Steel

Prior to joining UrbanSitter, Jessica served as Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Pandora, and was one of the original members of the team that conceived, launched and scaled the business. During her eight-year tenure at Pandora, Jessica forged the highly successful strategic partnerships that accelerated the company's growth and helped pave the way to an eventual IPO.


Sarah Rose

Before joining UrbanSitter, Sarah spent nearly 20 years building and scaling online consumer brands for women, including roles as SVP of Product and Growth at Modcloth and SVP of Product and Marketing at Polyvore, where she hired and scaled high-performance teams. As a strategic leader, Sarah is data-driven at the core and maintains a relentless focus on the consumer experience. After the birth of her third child, Sarah discovered UrbanSitter and happily became a devoted customer.


Travis Dobbs
Chief Architect

Travis is a seasoned technical leader with over 13 years of experience in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining UrbanSitter, Travis served as Senior Software Engineer and Architect at companies including Nolo and Certain. There, Travis discovered his passion for scaling technology teams and cross-platform innovation. As a father of two young children, Travis understands the unique needs of the UrbanSitter customer and how technology can best serve those needs. Travis is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

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