SOURCE: Become.com

April 25, 2006 09:00 ET

Become.com Names Arjun Jayaram to Director of Engineering

Silicon Valley Technology Pro to Lead Technical Development for the Fast-Growing Vertical Search and Shopping Site

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2006 -- Become.com, the only vertical search engine to combine web-wide comparison shopping with online product information research, today announced the appointment of Arjun Jayaram to director of engineering. Jayaram's deep technology expertise and leadership roles at top Silicon Valley companies like BEA Systems, PeopleSoft and Sybase will further advance Become.com's trailblazing search technology.

"Arjun's engineering leadership at some of the region's most innovative technology companies will be a tremendous asset to Become.com as we continue to advance our search functionality to help consumers make better buying decisions," said Yeogirl Yun, Become.com founder, chairman and CTO. "His demonstrated successes in delivering mission critical projects and his hands-on leadership style will help us achieve even higher levels of creativity in delivering the industry's best search and comparison shopping solution."

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity to lead Become.com's highly talented team of engineers to build their next generation vertical search technology," said Jayaram. "Their Affinity Index Ranking (AIR™) is currently the most sophisticated search algorithm which can adapt well for vertical search. Technology innovation, combined with the management experience of Silicon Valley veterans, makes Become.com one of the companies to watch."

Jayaram joins Become.com from BEA Systems where he was a senior architect in the Worldwide Field Operations, responsible for both defining and delivering the architecture for their IT department. Prior to that, he worked at PeopleSoft, where he held positions as senior development manager for the PeopleTools upgrade and earlier as architect and technical lead on their Systems Management products. Previously, he was the CTO at startup Glowcomm Systems which developed new patent pending technology for secure wireless data transfer. Other Engineering management posts in his career were at Sybase and Honeywell Systems.

Jayaram holds a Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering from Calicut University in India and an MBA from California State University at Hayward.

About Become.com

Become.com is the only shopping search engine that offers an integrated product research and comparison shopping solution in one destination. This unique site helps people make ideal buying decisions by providing the most comprehensive, unbiased, and relevant reviews and information on millions of products, and the ability to shop for those products from brand name retailers from across the web. Its proprietary AIR™ (Affinity Index Ranking) technology uses both advanced search algorithms and contextual analysis that incorporates human intelligence to deliver targeted results. Become.com was founded by Michael Yang and Yeogirl Yun, founders of the pioneering online comparison shopping site mySimon. For more information, please visit www.become.com

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