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Robert McGovern is an American businessperson and founder of CareerBuilder.

McGovern founded CareerBuilder in 1995 as NetStart Inc.[1] The company went public in 1999 and went private again in 2000 when it was bought for $250 million.[2][3] McGovern served as the company’s CEO until leaving in 2002.[3]

In 2004, McGovern founded a second online job site, Jobfox.[2]

In June 2009, he was in a car accident and suffered severe brain injury. Diagnostic tests initially predicted he would remain in a vegetative state, but he recovered and returned to Jobfox in March 2010.[2]

In 2013, McGovern launched Cobrain, a software that made merchandise recommendations based on users’ shopping history.[4][5]


  1. ^ Ch, Rajiv (December 30, 1996). "TAPPING INTO A WEB OF ASPIRATIONS". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "How I Did It: Rob McGovern of Jobfox". July 5, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Webb, Cynthia (March 5, 2002). "CareerBuilder Under New Management". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Overly, Steven (December 2, 2013). "Robert McGovern's new venture, Cobrain, aims to be the personal stylist in your pocket". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Dishman, Lydia. "Spoiled For Choice? Mobile Startup Cobrain Attempts To Show Shoppers Only Items They Love". Forbes. Retrieved January 17, 2019.