Smarter.com Expands Into China, Opens New Office, Adds Key Executives
First U.S. Shopping Search Engine to Enter China
LOS ANGELES and SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Smarter.com announced today that it will be launching a Chinese version of its P4P shopping search engine in Q4 2005. To support this international expansion, Smarter.com has moved more than 70 employees to a new 12,000 square foot office in the Huangpu District in Shanghai, China and hired two senior executives, Jessica Chen and Eric Zhang, to help manage the company's expansion in China. Jessica Chen has been appointed as VP, Product Management and Engineering Operations. Based in Shanghai, Jessica will provide leadership in Product Management, Engineering Operations, and maintenance of all existing Smarter.com products. Prior to joining Smarter.com, Jessica oversaw the Web Application Development Team at Yam.com, the 3rd largest Internet portal in Taiwan, and managed Yam's technical support and platform development projects. She has also worked with several IT companies, including Novell. Jessica graduated 'Cum Laude' with a BS in Computer Science from Utah Valley State College and holds a Master's degree in Business and Merchandise from Utah State University. Eric Zhang joins Smarter as VP, Engineering. Also based in Shanghai, Eric will spearhead the development of new products and services for the company. Eric brings with him over 14 years of experience in enterprise software development for such firms as InSystems Corp., Vialta Inc., Compaq Canada and IBM Canada, where he held various development management positions. Eric received his PhD in Computer Science from Peking University in China, and a Project Management Professional Certification from PMI. "China currently is the second largest country in the world in terms of Internet usage, with an expected 133 million users by the end of 2005. While online shopping in China is still nascent, 15% of Chinese users use the Internet for shopping information, and we believe that Chinese consumers will rapidly adopt shopping search. We plan to launch www.smarter.com.cn in Q4 and to rapidly become the shopping search leader in China," said Harry Tsao, Co-Founder of Smarter.com. ABOUT MEZIMEDIA: MeziMedia, Inc. is a global leader helping consumers save money when they shop online through shopping search (www.smarter.com), online coupons (www.couponmountain.com), cash back rewards (www.morerebates.com) and Smarter SMS which provides portable, fast, easy and powerful comparison shopping and coupons from the convenience of a cell phone. MeziMedia Inc. was founded by former Overture Services team members Talmadge O'Neill and Harry Tsao in 2002 and has been profitable every year since inception. The company operates in 10 countries including: United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Company Headquarters are just outside Los Angeles, California with offices in Tokyo, Japan and a wholly-owned development and production center in Shanghai, China.
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