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Simply Hired scores $3 million, continues buzz

simplyhired.gifSimply Hired, the Silicon Valley job search engine start-up that has been creating some buzz lately, has raised $3 million in second round of angel financing, the company said.

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.

This is a crowded space, including not only mature companies like Yahoo's HotJobs, CareerBuilder, Craigslist and Monster, but a host of other hungry start-ups, like WorkZoo, Jobster and indeed. We last wrote about the action here. Like Simply Hired, many of these others are scraping the Web for job listings from employers and other sites.

No wonder, then, Simply Hired is working to grab peoples' attention. It recently created a cute site called Simply Fired, which our Merc colleague Nicole Wong wrote about here. Mark Jen, the guy who got fired from Google after blogging secrets about the company, was one of the first to post to that site. Read his entry here (or see a snippet from his upbeat post, below in extended entry, which reflects why Silicon Valley is so dynamic -- it is filled with these sorts of people). Another guy apparently wrote in to say he got fired for running over his boss with his car.

Anyway, see below too for the full Simply Hired press release.

Here's the part of Jen's post we found interesting and instructive:

getting fired is an interesting experience. some people think it's embarrassing (just ask my parents). others think it's the end of the world. i think it's best viewed as a learning experience and after all, wouldn't life be boring without the unexpected twists and turns?

i didn't mind the public nature of my incident. it jump started a bunch of stuff for me: i had a chance to re-evaluate my career goals, i checked out some new technologies, i got to meet a lot of cool people, and in the end i found an awesome new job at a company that even let me help create their blog policy.


Simply Hired Raises $3M from Silicon Valley Angels, Entrepreneurs

Search engine startup backed by Stanford technical advisor for Google, Ask Jeeves investor; Former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins board

Mountain View, CA - Thursday, August 4, 2005 - Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.com), a Silicon Valley search engine startup, today announced the company has raised $3 million in a Series B round of angel financing. Lead investors Rajeev Motwani, a Stanford University computer science professor, early investor and technical advisor for Google, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors, LP, early investors in both Google and Ask Jeeves, now part of IAC Interactive (Nasdaq: IACI), Kanwal Rekhi, successful serial entrepreneur and former CTO of Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), and Garage Technology Ventures. The company will use the funds to continue product development and market expansion.

"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." In addition to veteran angel investors, the round includes notable entrepreneurs Michael Tanne, founder of the Internet advertising company Adforce (Nasdaq: ADFC), James Hong, founder of the top-50 Internet site HotOrNot.com, among others.

The company also announced that Guy Kawasaki, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures will be joining the Simply Hired board of directors. "I was convinced we should invest when I found Simply Hired has five times as many 'evangelist' job listings as name-brand job sites," said Kawasaki.

About Simply Hired, Inc.

With over 3.5 million job listings and counting, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.com) is the world's largest search engine for jobs. We aggregate and index data from a wide variety of sources including large and small job boards, newspaper and classified listings, and company websites. Our mission is to help people find their next job in the simplest, most effective way possible. SimplyHired.com was selected by Time magazine as one of the "50 Coolest Websites 2005". Simply Hired is a privately held company, headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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