Quentin Hardy reports on the definitive agreement signed between oDesk and Elance and comments on the transition of online work into a real player within the $422 billion global part-time work market. Both companies are leading innovators driving the adoption of online work and together, they will be able to serve customers better and more efficiently.
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Exploring the Digital Nomad trend, Tanya Mohn interviews those who have embraced the nomadic lifestyle to suggest that not only is it sustainable but professionally rewarding as well. Digital Nomads, a new trend in work over the last five years, depend on Internet access and technology like collaborative meeting software and Google Docs to be successful. Jennifer Barclay, a writer and editor from England, spoke about her decision to go nomad and said, "It occurred to me that most of my job was done on email. It would make sense for me to live somewhere I could enjoy the outdoors more when I shut down my computer.”
Elaine Pofeldt of CNBC.com comments on Barack Obama's State of the Union address and specifically asks why job growth is stagnant, unemployment-rates are trending down, and full-time work is so hard to find? She posits that the explosive growth in freelancing has contributed to this imbalance. Commenting further on this growth, VP of International Matt Cooper shared that, "companies want a more flexible, scalable way to engage a workforce."
Andrew Karpie of Staffing Industry Analysts provides his perspective on the announcement of oDesk and Elance signing a definitive agreement to merge. Looking at the overall staffing industry and how online staffing fits into the mix, Andrew says: "In some sense, oDesk and Elance have created a new kind of staffing firm...that is global and which is comparable in gross revenue size to some of the largest conventional global staffing firms."
VentureBeat's Eric Blattberg writes about the proposed oDesk, Elance merger. Adding his thoughts on the merger, Elance CEO Fabio Rosati said, “By achieving greater scale, we can start thinking about our business to the point where we can easily see the company achieving the scale of an Amazon or a LinkedIn in this world of online work.” oDesk CEO Gary Swart followed on with, “Together, the companies have done $2 billion in a market that’s more than $422 billion,” said oDesk CEO Gary Swart. ”We’re not even scratching the surface of the disruption that’s ripe for the 1.0 way of working.”
AllThingsD shares the news of the definitive agreement between oDesk and Elance to merge. Liz Gannes offered her opinion that "the companies have a lot in common — they both connect freelancers and gigs online — and they say they have a combined 10 million workers in 180 countries, with $750 million in 2013 billings."
Elite Business, a UK magazine for entrepreneurs and small businesses, writes about freelancers and their importance to the British economy and enterprise sector. In this article, Josh Russell looks to understand if: "Taking into account the fact that it offers employers increased flexibility, freelancers more money and resilience, and has injected much needed cash into the economy, are we going to start seeing freelancing taking over as the norm?"
The Mail Online's Amy Andrew profiles oDesker Dom Bracher and also shares tips from experts on how to work in the countryside effectively. Dom dropped out of college to run Kumuva Digital from Bideford in North Devon with an entirely virtual team. He says: "This works well for me, and there haven’t been many hiccups - but I have had to get used to the art of management. With a number of different specialists working on a project, often in different time zones, I have to ensure that I’m managing them all efficiently."
In this guest article for the Huffington Post, oDesk VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat shares her top 5 brand habits businesses should be practicing to define and execute on their brand promise. Touching on the critical elements of building a brand like the logo, tagline, and customer experience, Jaleh borrows from her experiences leading marketing at some of the most beloved tech companies in Silicon Valley to help businesses approach difficult branding challenges.
In this Inc. guest column, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper shares key takeaways from a conversation with Jon Bradford, a London-based Managing Director at Techstars (one of the world's top accelerators). Matt explores Jon's thoughts on fostering entrepreneurship globally, what makes America so special, and why Seoul, South Korea is a city to watch.
In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart outlines the four key things a good leader must give his team: clarity, responsibility, standards and open communication. Acknowledging the constant effort needed to maintain these four requirements, Gary believes that leaders who are aware how their teams are performing, mapped against the leadership's clear direction, should help businesses achieve their goals faster.
Michael Carney of PandoDaily reports on the launch of oDesk Upstarts, the global startup accelerator partnership program with members including Seedcamp, Hub:raum and StartX. "Everyone from law firms to large consulting firms to municipal governments is looking to get a foothold in the startup ecosystem at the moment, many of them by offering accelerators free goods and services," he writes. "Among these eager supporters, oDesk strikes me as one of the more worthwhile partnerships."
In this Inc. guest column, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper explores why there are almost 2,500 coworking spaces around the world—a 3.5X increase over 2011. Explaining the hierarchy of these spaces and the benefits to entrepreneurs working there, Matt anticipates this trend is here to stay as the way we work continues to evolve.
In this LinkedIn Influencers post, oDesk CEO Gary Swart shares his eight tips for securing venture funding for your business. Stressing the importance of only asking for money when necessary and only taking the cash you need, Gary reminds entrepreneurs that in the early days of building your business, investors are investing primarily in you.
PandoDaily's Michael Carney reports on the launch of oDesk Private Workplace, which simplifies distributed team management and delivers accountability, seamless payments, and measurable cost reduction. Enabling businesses to bring their existing contingent workers online and manage their whole team through the oDesk platform, increases efficiencies and work productivity.
Startup Smart's Rose Powell reports on the launch of oDesk Upstarts, a new program built in partnership with Australian accelerator programs Startmate, Pollenizer and AngelCube. Discussing the program, VP of International and Enterprise Matt Cooper said, “What we’re most excited about is it puts some real structure and meat around this relationship. The start-up ecosystem is well known for helping each other out and if we’re going to become central to how start-ups build their business, we want to make sure we fire the first volley and help these companies get up and running." Startups enrolled in the program will receive $200 of oDesk credits and $400 of recruitment support, as well as have access to online mentoring sessions.
ZDNet reporter Michael Lee discusses oDesk Upstarts, the startup accelerator partnership program currently only in Australia with members including AngelCube, Pollenizer and Startmate. Commenting on the many benefits a flexible workforce gives smaller companies, VP of International and Enterprise Matt Cooper said, "It's particularly important for startups where resources are precious and you don't always have the visibility into where your business is headed. Being able to dial up and dial down is a matter of life and death." Though oDesk is focused on helping startups build and grow as evidenced by Upstarts, the company also sees opportunity among larger corporations that struggle with innovation and consistently beating the competition.