OpenTable Hires eHarmony’s Joseph Essas as CTO

OpenTable, which helps restaurants take reservations online, has appointed Joseph Essas to the position of CTO, effective July 18. Previously, Essas was CTO at eHarmony; before that, he served as VP of Engineering of Yahoo’s search-marketing division. In March, OpenTable announced it was on a hunt for a new executive, after it said Charles McCullough, who was the SVP of Engineering, was leaving the company.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik