Profile – Simply Hired

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Company: SimplyHired
Founded: 2003
Launched: March 16, 2005
Location: Mountain View, CA

What is it?

Yes, we have been infatuated with jobs sites these last couple of days. Trust me, there’s more to come. This space is moving and we fully intend to jump on the train. Or in front of it. Hope to have a profiel of YorZ up later today as well.

Simply Hired
is a vertical search engine for jobs and can be compared to Indeed, its primary competitor. Yesterday, Simply Hired announced that it raised $3 million in new captial from Rajeev Motwani, Ron Conway, Kanwal Rekhi and Garage Technology Ventures. The company had previously raised $1.2 million from its founders. Guy Kawasaki also joined their board of directors.

Much like Indeed, Simply Hired gathers job postings from a huge set of sites, including Monster, the Wall Street Journal, CareerBuilder, Hotjobs, craigslist and others. Simply Hired then structures the data in the postings and allows its users to search for specific keywords, titles, companies, locations, etc.

Searches can be further refined, including by freshness of the posting and by lists like “fortune 500”. Once a user has the final search result set that they want, future job postings meeting the search criteria can be delivered to the user via RSS and/or email alerts.

One interesting feature is the ability to rate a posting, with 1-5 stars. Their idea is to generate enough user rating content to be able to recommend job postings to you, based on how you’ve rated other postings (and how other users have rated those postings). See our profile on Loomia – they are doing something similar in the podcasting space.

To round things out, Simply hired has promotional snippets for your website here, and a corporate blog here. (sans comments).

I actually can’t say if I can pick between Indeed and Simply Hired. Both changed the jobs game permanently (as witnessed by Hotjobs changing their model to incorporate other listings). Both are excellent.

Simply Fired:

Simply Fired is a sister site to Simply Hired that is centered around Mark Jen, the 22 year old who was fired from Google for being incredibly stupid. The idea with Simply Fired is that you write the story of how you were fired, and win prizes if it’s considered one of the best. I tried to find a good story to link to but they are all pretty obvious – sleeping with bosses daughter, ran over bosses foot, etc. Some of them may even be true.

I have deep respect for this as a nice viral marketing tool (sort of), but FuckedCompany is a much better read.

But back to Simply Hired, it is a beautiful site with meaningful results, and definitely a cool web 2.0 business.


Gautam Godhwani, Founder/CEO
Peter Weck, Founder/CTO
Anil Godhwani, Founder/VP People
Jerry Crowley, Chairman of the Board
Dion Lim, VP Business Development
Dave McClure, Director of Marketing
Julie Craft,Director of Channel Partnerships

Additional Links:

Press, Masterof500Hats (podcast interview with CEO), RSS Blog, Greg Hughes, bubble, Charlene Li,, WhiteHotNow, ITToolbox, Job Opportunity Search Engine, Silicon Beat, SeattlePI, SyndicatorBlog

  • michael arrington

    There are literally captcha’s that take me 3-4 tries to get. ridiculous. they’re human-proof.

  • Neyma Jahansooz

    As comment #1 states- some CAPTCHA’s are just damn near impossible for humans (and actually probably easier for bots)

    though it still remains to be proven in scaled implementation – we have found that the best way to beat bots is to introduce random checks. Meaning that sometimes the CAPTCHA appears, some times it does not. Sometimes a security check question ie….. what is 2+2 – sometimes it does not.
    and these will appear in seemingly random places in the forms.

    But of course these can be broken because the nature of bots is that they can detect patterns. Then of course what we have found works is to have a ‘wizard behind the glass’ meaning a semi-dedicated geek who spends part of his day manually adjusting and monitoring the registration and alogorhytheim.

    This is of course not financially practical for small scale operations, but for the larger then it is an invaluable way to save reputation and bandwidth.

  • David

    My Mom called me the other day because she could not get past the captcha to sign up for a Google account. So I created one for her, and it took me 4 or 5 tires. The hackers have done us a favor by obsoleting this absurd and insane system and forcing companies to come up with a better solution.

  • Shai wolkomir

    Talk about bad user experience …
    It’s indeed a problem that would be solved sooner than later.
    It is evident that email is no longer the key drive for Bots
    UGC has grown mature enough to take on the new battle of the internet – web spam

  • rons dixon

    oh the game of cop and robber. I think no matter what system we come up with, as long as there are “marketers” and i use that term loosely, system such as these will be broken. What we are working on right now for our startup is weighing a couple of things. 1 frequency of signup from a single ip, 2, randomized capcha use of words, puzlles, and trivia questions. 3, email account domain (gmail, hotmail, aol or yahoo). In essence, we are dividing the signup process in two, where we ask for email address first then apply rules based on the above listed.

  • Nik Cubrilovic

    I cant wait till they go away..

  • u24

    another reason that captcha is broken:

  • Omega

    Ever seen one of rapidshare’s old captchas? Not only are the letters distorted, half of them have a dog outline on them and the other half have cats on them. You can only enter the four that have a cat on them. Impossible! At least they’ve become more lax on them now…

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