SOURCE: TrustedOpinion

November 29, 2007 13:25 ET Names Java Pioneer and HP Alumni as CTO

Recognized Technology Veteran to Facilitate Growth, Development for Growing Online Recommendation Community

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) -, a leading Social Recommendation platform, has named Java pioneer, author and leading technology executive Gene Leybzon as Chief Technology Officer to support the company's growth and technology development. Since its official launch in February 2007, has acquired over 350,000 members who benefit from recommendations based on the opinions of those in their social network.

In his new role at, Leybzon will take a hands-on approach to drive the company's technology strategy. He is an early Java pioneer, a co-author of the popular book "Java Unleashed," and possesses a long history in the Silicon Valley, including senior engineering roles at HP, Xerox, Siebel (now Oracle), and Bayer. Leybzon is also a long-time participant in a variety of local industry and social events, attending tech meetups and conferences around the Bay Area.

"I look forward to working with the team at and applying my background and experience to help Trusted Opinion grow in the social networking niche," said Leybzon. "The site is already growing at more than 3,000 users a day and I hope to facilitate its future growth. It'll be an exciting challenge to drive the technical strategy to support this kind of exponential growth."

As part of's executive team, Gene Leybzon will lead a distributed software engineering team to build a highly scalable and functionally rich social recommendation application. He possesses a strong background in software architecture and experience in building and managing global engineering teams.

"We are delighted to have someone with Gene's depth, experience and background joining our team," said Todd Greene, COO of "We're looking forward to his contribution to the growth and development of the community." provides reliable recommendations through a patent-pending technology that gives the highest consideration to your friends' opinions and, to a lesser degree, those of their friends and so on down the chain. The site is currently focused on movies and television series and will introduce new categories in the future. For more information or to join, visit

About Trusted Opinion, Inc.

Trusted Opinion provides a Social Recommendation Platform that drives consumer confidence by generating more trusted, reliable, and personalized recommendations based on the opinions of your network of friends. The community currently includes over 350,000 members and is growing by thousands of members each day.

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