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[Austria/France] According to investir.fi and various other sources, the world’s leading people search engine 123people, which strives from Austria, has been acquired  by the leading french yellow pages company PagesJaunes. The company was incubated by i5invest and received VC money from Austrian Gamma Capital Partners.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

It’s rather obvious that this acquisition makes a lot of sense for a yellow pages company that makes quite a lot of money from their online properties. People search is a huge market and 123people’s SEO seems also to be a technological asset that’s of interest for Pages Jaunes.

123people is currently seeing 40 million unique visitors per month and operates in 11 countries around the globe. The entire team is based in Vienna, Austria.

Jean-Pierre Remy, Managing Director of PagesJaunes Groupe, says he’s very happy about this acquisition and that it fits perfectly in their online strategy of people search. He goes on to say that “with this acquisition, PagesJaunes Group significantly enhances its global audience, strengthens its expertise in organic search and benefits from synergies between us and 123people’s sites in France and Spain”.

Russell E. Perry, CEO of 123people, said: “The team of 123people is very excited to be part of PagesJaunes Group. In the past two years we have been able to introduce and prove a successful multi-tier business model by offering users a unique service and offering partners a high-quality online advertising outlet for their products and services. Looking ahead, we now have the opportunity to shift into high-gear through the support and strength of being an integral part of a leading and established corporation.”

  • http://www.gliaffidabili.it Matteo
  • http://marban.com thomas

    lukas: you’re reporting from the horse’s mouth, why the subjunctive?

  • http://roadtweets.com RoadTweets

    Wow – after reading all this news from Europe I thought I had inadvertently typed in the URL for Techcrunch Europe. Great to hear about the news across the pond – sounds like some good momentum is building.

  • Simcoe

    “[Austria/France] According to investir.fi”
    Wait, so there’s Finland in there too ? ;)

  • George Leu

    I think there’s an interesting untapped market in people search. You hear so much about location, but its really about people.

    123 people is interesting. Facebook and twitter is always a big possibility. DirtyPhoneBook might be a bit of a wild card here. Google also might be able to do something here with the amount of raw data they have but who knows.

  • Elliot

    strives from Austria… is really really weird phrasing.

  • Bob Boson

    Oh, wouldn’t it be great to have this bastard site owned by a corporate worth suing. They’ve got our names in their DB, and provide no way to remove it. (Illegal in the UK/EU)

    What an appalling system. No I do NOT want you to index me and build a dictionary. For this, there is already enough search engines. Go to hell, 123people.

    • Ignacio Reyes

      Interesting comment there Bob Boson…..perhaps your complete lack of knowledge helped you conjure that incredible piece of misinformation.

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  • http://www.soydanbay.com Gunter Soydanbay

    PagesJaunes Groupe has a pretty dated logo. Recently, Groupe Pages Jaunes (Canadian) went through a face lift and announced their new growth strategy. I see it is a ghttp://soydanbay.com/2010/03/29/the-new-logo-of-yellow-pages/lobal yellow trend.
    You read more here:

  • http://www.soydanbay.com Gunter Soydanbay
  • http://Nicster.com John

    I used to own the 123People.com domain name in 2003 or 2004. Just had it parked then and it had very light traffic.

    I got that domain name on NameWinner.com for a mere USD$8.75.

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  • Disgusted

    Bob, the company to sue is the Pages Jaunes Groupe http://www.pagesjaunesgroupe.com

    Being linked to 123people.ch is obviously going to tarnish their image.

    As usual, there is a 30 year gap for some countries to catch up on best practices. In this regard 123people.ch is clearly in need of some upgrading.

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