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Net:Work and Work 3.0

Net:Work and Work 3.0

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, took the stage at Net:Work 2011 to talk about how work is changing in the face of remote work trends.
After doubling revenue for five years straight, oDesk beefs up upper ranks

After doubling revenue for five years straight, oDesk beefs up upper ranks

oDesk is on a roll. The eight-year-old company that helps companies recruit and manage workers announced Thursday morning that it's hired board member Thomas Layton to be Executive Chairman. Layton, who has been on oDesk's board, will now take on a more active role in operations.
oDesk CEO Sees Online Job Growth

oDesk CEO Sees Online Job Growth

Bloomberg's Cali Carlin reports on the growth in online jobs and the virtual workplace. This report includes comments from Gary Swart, chief executive officer of oDesk Corp., and Joshua Warren, a Web developer and oDesk user. Carlin reports on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness With Margaret Brennan."
Training students: Silicon Valley-based firm, Punjab varsity join hands

Training students: Silicon Valley-based firm, Punjab varsity join hands

In a strong sign of growing demand for Pakistani IT professionals, oDesk – a Silicon Valley-based online employment firm – has partnered with Punjab University College of Technical Information (PUCIT) to educate and prepare Pakistani students for the online job market.
How to become a million-dollar freelancer

How to become a million-dollar freelancer

What about the success stories: those independent workers who have gone solo and managed to build successful businesses for themselves? They’re out there, and their stories aren’t all the same tales of solo practitioners earning the ability to work in their bathrobes and take home a comfortable but not impressive income.
oDesk CEO: The future of work approaching quickly

oDesk CEO: The future of work approaching quickly

CEO Gary Swart shares what’s driving growth, which is occurring across regions and sectors, and whether he expects it to continue, an found him optimistic about the future of platforms like oDesk.
oDesk: Online Work Market Will Grow To $1 Billion By 2012

oDesk: Online Work Market Will Grow To $1 Billion By 2012

Last month, contractors worked a record 2.1 million hours through the oDesk website (up from one million hours per month a year ago) while businesses posted an a record 109,718 jobs to the service. The company expects the overall market for online work to grow to an estimated $1 billion in 2012.
Startups Help Startups Hire

Startups Help Startups Hire

While the rest of the economy limps along, tech startups are hungry for talent, and entrepreneurs are growing businesses to meet that need.
Full-Time Employment: A Thing of the Past?

Full-Time Employment: A Thing of the Past?

Though companies typically hire more temporary workers in the wake of a recession in an attempt to ramp up their workforce after cutbacks, some analysts are pointing to recent temporary employment gains as evidence of a new workforce trend, sparking debate over whether or not businesses are making temporary employees a more permanent solution.
Marketplace Startups Talk Chickens, Eggs and Touch

Marketplace Startups Talk Chickens, Eggs and Touch

Since eBay paved the way, untold start-ups have followed in its footsteps by hoping to bring together buyers and sellers in a wide variety of verticals, using sophisticated business models to get the balance just right. But building an online marketplace, it turns out, is just another day in the old henhouse.
Vital Signs: Ukraine Gains Outsourced Work From Bay Area

Vital Signs: Ukraine Gains Outsourced Work From Bay Area

[Subscription Required] When it comes to outsourcing work, Bay Area clients today are broadening their search to more countries than India, according to data culled by remote-hiring website oDesk Corp., used by small businesses and start-ups to find remote workers.
The New Office

The New Office

Tony Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of The Energy Project, Gary Swart, Chief Executive Officer of oDesk, and Sherry Turkle, author of "Alone Together", discuss the ways companies can build flexible and intelligent environments for virtual work and still maintain high levels of strategy and innovation.
Surfing for a Salary: Freelance Markets

Surfing for a Salary: Freelance Markets

oDesk CEO Gary Swart discusses how employment can be found online - monthly Online Employment Report states that there were more than 90,000 new jobs posted in July alone. [CNBC live broadcast interview]
Boom Seen in Freelance Work Over the Web

Boom Seen in Freelance Work Over the Web

Unemployment is still high and the economy uncertain, but job seekers aren't giving up—they're logging on, said Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, a Web site that matches freelancers with companies looking for online contract workers.
13 startup stars on the verge of an IPO

13 startup stars on the verge of an IPO

Wall Street is buzzing about LinkedIn's hot IPO and anticipating Groupon's and Zynga's. But what about those small, innovative companies looking to cash in? Fortune spotlights ones that show lots of promise.
Where Will the New Jobs Come From? They’re Already Coming From Remote Workforces

Where Will the New Jobs Come From? They’re Already Coming From Remote Workforces

Who is going to create the new jobs America so desperately needs to get our economy back on track? This question is a subject of ongoing debate. Will small businesses create them? Big business? Well, according to a new survey by online employment platform oDesk, new jobs are already being generated by remote hiring.
Is Silicon Valley Making a Comeback?

Is Silicon Valley Making a Comeback?

The tech startup center of the U.S. has been struggling with major unemployment in recent years. But the area may be heating up again. [Live radio interview with oDesk CEO Gary Swart]
The $32,000 Startup

The $32,000 Startup

In an age of outsourcing, starting an online business or improving an existing one means founders don't need technical skills or outside funding.
Outsourcing 2.0

Outsourcing 2.0

oDesk is a new take on outsourcing that doesn’t require the contracting agency to set up office here, yet it provides gainful employment to thousands of skilled Filipinos, even when the US economy isn’t doing that well.