Aug 5, 2005

Indian Vertical job search engine



I've covered Bixee.com earlier on this blog. It's an Indian vertical job search engine, and scrapes jobs from 16 Indian job sites. I see now they've added a RSS feed that one can save to one's blog/site. So you can put a search like this one on your blog and keep your readers informed of new jobs that suit the criteria

What is a vertical job search engine?

John Sumser has a lot of gyan on them:

" The vertical search companies use job scraping techniques to build massive databases of job advertisements. The techniques of job scraping are nearly a decade old and used to build ad databases at most new job boards. They are also used to collect ads from paying customers. While Monster could not turn FlipDog into a profitable company, they continue to use scraping techniques to build their online employment index.
It's pretty clear that the vertical job search companies are not really gunning to take on the existing players. There's another motive under the covers. Partly, it's a hope that Yahoo or Google will reach out and purchase their blossoming entry into the job market. Partly it's a belief that the market has really turned into a candidate centric sellers market. Partly, it's a belief that technology will trump marketing. Partly, it's a belief that market timing is the gateway for technologies."


Update: Latest news is that SimplyHired, the best known vertical job search has got $3 million funding!

The investors include Rajeev Motwani, a Stanford computer science professor and early investor and technical advisor for Google; Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors, an early investor in both Google and Ask Jeeves; and Kanwal Rekhi, a serial entrepreneur and former CTO of Novell; and several others.
"We limited this round to strategic angels and experienced entrepreneurs to accelerate the company's early growth and market development," said Gautam Godhwani, founder and CEO of Simply Hired. "The value we get from investors with operating experience is as much based on knowledge and guidance as monetary contribution, and is a tremendous validation of our business model."

Note: Gautam Godhwani is in no way related to me (I wish!)