Gilad Rom - Founder
Gilad grew up in a Kibbutz in the Israeli countryside surrounded by farm animals, and got his first computer at the age of eight. He felt an instant connection to the machine and taught himself to code a few years later. His interest led him to a job at a small telecom company as a software engineer, setting him on a career path that would have him travelling the world and designing large-scale high-performance software and hardware systems. Most recently, he worked as a Solutions Architect at Ericsson, an international telecommunications company.
When Gilad lost his beloved dog Puppy Pie on a road trip, he knew he had an important problem to solve: Helping owners keep their pets as safe as possible.
Combining 20 years of coding experience with lifelong passion for animals (and especially dogs), Gilad got to work and created Huan: The Pet Protection Network so no one else would ever have to experience the fear of losing a pet.
Huan’s story began when Gilad’s happy rescue dog Puppy P. Pie escaped from a locked house in a strange place.
Gilad had been invited out to dinner with some friends while on a road trip. Before leaving for the restaurant, Gilad took every precaution to make sure Puppy was safe. First he put Puppy’s bed out, so Puppy would know this new place was home for the night. Then he put out water and food so Puppy would have something to eat. He made sure the owners of the house knew he’d be leaving his dog there for a few hours, and that no one else was scheduled to arrive. He even walked around the house to double check there were no open windows or doors. He locked the front door with a padlock and left for dinner, feeling secure his beloved pup was safe and sound.
Unbeknownst to Gilad, the parents of the Airbnb hosts stopped by for a visit and opened the front door — and Puppy Pie escaped! He darted into the street looking for Gilad. He ran into traffic! He dodged cars! He got chased around by strangers! He was completely and utterly terrified.
Gilad had no idea any of this drama was unfolding just a few blocks away from where he was enjoying dinner. When he returned to the Airbnb he was shocked to find Puppy Pie waiting for him by his car, which was parked on the street. Gilad’s head raced with scary What Ifs: What if Puppy had taken a wrong turn? What if he’d been picked up by Animal Control? What if he’d been hit by a car?
After sharing this story and realizing how many responsible dog owners had a version of their own, Gilad realized something needed to be done. There had to be a better way to deal with a lost dog than putting up flyers and calling the shelters, hoping some kind stranger found your lost pet.
That’s why Gilad built Huan. With Huan, Puppy would always be safe, and no pets would ever go missing again.