Zoopla COO Starts Search Engine

Doug Monro, the former chief operating officer of zoopla.co.uk, has co-founded a new business focused on classifieds search.

Monro had been with zoopla.co.uk since June 2008 and finished up in June this year. His new business is adzuna.co.uk, a jobs search engine that has just secured a £300,000 seed investment from Passion Capital and angel investors, and will eventually expand to cover cars and property listings.

Monro met adzuna.co.uk co-founder Andrew Hunter while working at Gumtree in 2005. “It’s great to be working with Andrew again and cracking a big problem,” Monro says of the partnership.

“Job, property and car ads are scattered across many websites, causing massive consumer frustration,” Monro explains. “None of the existing vertical search products have made the experience better. We believe we can take this market to the next level by bringing social, mobile and data to bear – first in jobs and soon by expanding our service to cover property and cars.”

Stefan Glaenzer, a partner at Passion Capital, will also join adzuna.co.uk’s board of directors. “Having led the charge at Gumtree, zoopla.co.uk and Qype, the guys have a proven track record of creating successful multi-national internet businesses and innovating in the local search space,” Glaenzer says of the adzuna.co.uk team.

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