Skype makes local calls free

May 19, 2006 by

Skype now offers free calls within the US and Canada. This doesn’t really help our international providers, but it is interesting for all oDesk users in North America. Now Skype calls make sense if the laptop is closer than your cell phone… … Read Full Article

oDesk is generating a good deal of discussion

May 5, 2006 by

Community is at the heart of oDesk. So we thought you would like to know that we have caused quite some discussion since our launch last week. We’ve been picked up in the blogosphere- for example, here and here. Mashable, on of the highly regarded blogs covering Web 2.0, has dubbed us Rent a Coder 2.0. We’re still mulling over the moniker. There is also quite some back and forth about oDesk and the challenges of remote development. Meanwhile, our Business Week profile seems to be generating debate about the merits of outsourcing. Some see offshore development as ineffective and bad for American jobs. The other camp sees oDesk as an innovative company pioneering free markets and transparency. (Though the debates don’t totally miss each other. At the Mashable blog, an American programmer says he doesn’t feel threatened by globalization and looks forward to oDesk.) As always, we encourage our community to participate and share their candid thoughts on these interesting topics. Read Full Article

We’re in alarm:clock

May 3, 2006 by

Notable tech blog alarm:clock carried an item on our funding yesterday. There is a quick summary of the funding news and a bit about oDesk. alarm:clock is a great blog featuring the latest in the tech businesses. We check it regularly. Read Full Article

Great resource for all things homeshoring

May 3, 2006 by

We came across this site and thought we would share it with our community. It’s an excellent resource on the Web to keep a tab on the home shoring story- one that you can be sure to hear more off as innovative work arrangements continue to spread. While the economic benefits of these new arrangements are very important, the site promises to be especially interesting because of it will also cover the impacts on society at large. Read Full Article

Skypecasting unveiled

May 3, 2006 by

Skype just launched its Skypecast service. PC Mag has the story. Skypecasts are public conversations, so we might be using them for upcoming training webinars with our users. We at oDesk are big fans of Skype, Google Talk, and Yahoo Messenger. Let us know which service is your favorite. On that note, we’ll soon be unveiling a Jabber-based oDesk Chat service to make it easier for buyers to interview providers, and to see which providers are “online now” when searching for providers. We’ll keep you posted. Read Full Article

Announcing the oDesk launch!

May 2, 2006 by

For some of you, it may be surprising that oDesk is just now announcing its launch.   After all, so many talented tech workers from around the world have been using oDesk to find great gigs. And companies all over the world have tapped our network to find great people, irrespective of their physical location.   Well, while we’re very proud of how far we’ve come, we at oDesk are ready to work with our community to take things to the next level.   For starters, we are excited to unveil our venture capital backers. It’s great to have the super smart people at Globespan Capital and Sigma Partners see the promise of our vision. And while we’ve been in silent mode so long, we’ve now started talking to the media as well. We’re off to a great start, to say the least- check out our profile in Business Week.   And that’s not all. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the oDesk blog, or oBlog. Stay tuned for the latest discussions on the future of work, how to grow a business using remote talent, and getting ahead by being your own boss. Most importantly, the blog is a way for us to have a conversation with our great community- so please don’t hesitate to comment whenever you get a chance. Read Full Article

Watch this space!

April 26, 2006 by

oBlog – the oDesk blog – will launch in early May.   We have some exciting news to share with the oDesk community and we will be unveiling it next week.   oBlog will serve as a forum for conversation among our community. We will delve into all aspects of remote work, including how to find great jobs, build an all-star global team, and nitty-gritty of working in a distributed environment.   Stay tuned for more! … Read Full Article