[France] Bordeaux-based AllGoob, a French search engine publisher, has just announced that it has raised a €1 million first round with Newfund for its European development and new search engine, wiPikit.
AllGoob was founded by Thomas Allaire and François Goube after roughly 2 years of development in 2007.
The company is behind job search engine success JobiJoba – which was launched the same year and is now one of the largest job databases in France, uniting over 300,000 job offers with 700,000 candidates on the site per month. The site also launched in Belgium in 2008 along with the UK, the US and Spain in 2009.
The investment is curious as JobiJoba is definitely not a lone star in the French market. Paris-based Wanajob counts roughly the same number of job posts and acquired web 2.0 job site JobMeeters in 2009. Silicon Valley-based SimplyHired also launched in France in March of last year.
Along with securing a viable business model and continuing AllGoob’s international development, the funding will be used to develop the new search engine, wiPikit. This site will combine real estate and automobile offers and is to go live in April.