Who We Are

So far we are a very small team looking to make a very big difference in the New York City Startup world. We are a team of animal lovers focused on creating a better way to search for available pets online.  With extensive experience working on Startups, we understand the importance of cultivating a collaborative and inspiring atmosphere. We are driven to build a company filled with awesome individuals who are just as motivated as we are to create something amazing.  We are actively building our website and look forward to launching later this year.

Our Founder - Darrell Lerner


DCL Ventures was founded in early 2013 by serial entrepreneur Darrell Lerner. Darrell previously co-founded SNAP Interactive, Inc., a large publicly traded NYC Startup which created AreYouInterested.com - one of the biggest social dating applications on the Internet with over 65 million installs. Darrell helped lead SNAP Interactive to rank as the 36th fastest growing company in Northern America on Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500 (a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America based on 5-year revenue growth). In the New York Metro area, SNAP ranked 5th and in the Internet category SNAP ranked 9th. SNAP's revenue grew 4,412% from 2007 to 2011. Darrell is a Cum Laude graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in finance and a graduate of Hofstra Law School, and owns a Guinea Pig named Sir. 

Our Team

Kim joined DCL Ventures in early 2013 as its first employee after previously working with Darrell for 3 years at SNAP Interactive.  Kim is responsible for a variety of functions at DCL Ventures including spearheading our social media and public relations initiatives as well as overseeing human resources.  She is an animal lover who currently owns a German Shepard named Emma, a cat named Sammy and is already preparing to welcome a French Bulldog to-be-named Lola into her life sometime soon.  Kim is a graduate of Fordham University where she majored in History and swam for four years on the Fordham University Women's Swimming and Diving Team.