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We’re excited! Today we announced that we’ve signed an agreement to merge with Elance.

We’re excited! Today we’re announcing that we’ve signed an agreement to merge with Elance.

First things first: we’ll continue to serve you on, and Elance customers will continue to work on In other words, oDesk and Elance will operate separately and as usual, even after the merger is complete.

Why, then, are we putting the two companies together?

The answer is pretty simple: we think we can do a better job this way. We are both inspired by a similar vision: to deliver online work experiences that create freedom and boundless opportunity for clients and freelancers everywhere.

The merger has not yet closed, but here are the kinds of things you can look forward to:

- Significant technology investments. This includes tools for more successful hiring, seamless online collaboration, better mobile support and freelancer skills development.

- Higher quality results. With our combined expertise in engineering and data science, you will enjoy a host of quality improvements, such as superior job and freelancer recommendations over time.

- Participation in how we evolve. Please join us in crafting the future together. Email me personally at Tell me your likes, dislikes, suggestions and comments about oDesk -- and about Elance if you’ve tried it too. We’ll reflect feedback in future innovations and share back what you’ve taught us in an upcoming forum post.

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