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The Next Generation of Job Search: Interview with

As someone quite interested in how modern technologies are reinventing common business processes, including the job search, I was pleased to bump into David Parmet from, who arranged for the following exclusive interview with CEO and co-founder Paul Forster. My intent was to try and understand how saw themselves competing against other 'third generation' job search sites like Simply Hired, but we got rather further afield. The result is very interesting reading, I hope!

First off, some background: was founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan. Paul and Rony previously founded and managed Jobsinthemoney, the leading jobsite dedicated to finance professionals. Jobsinthemoney was acquired in September 2003 by Financial News, a leading publisher for the investment banking, fund management and securities industries.
Indeed was founded in 2004. The site went live in November 2004 and out of beta in March 2005. Indeed is based in Stamford, CT.

Q: There seem to be a lot of different job search sites on the net. Why is this such a popular category?

Job search naturally lends itself to the Internet. Searching for jobs using a search engine like Indeed is far more efficient than any other way of looking for jobs. Because they are searching across the entire Internet, job seekers are finding jobs they otherwise would never have found. Also, with search engines like Indeed, job seekers have more options to save their searches by email alert or RSS.

Q: How does Indeed differentiate itself from the other job search Web sites online?

Indeed gives job seekers...