All Things Upwork

This Monday, we announced the oDesk Challenge – and we’ll continue to post more details over the next few days. We’ve been asked about the types of providers available to hire on oDesk. Below are a few examples of the stellar providers venture-backed startups may be interested in hiring through participation in the oDesk Challenge (and there are 320,000+ others, as well!):

David Kadavy, Graphic Designer

Although David bills himself as a graphic designer, he’s more like a Marketing and Product department all in one. Based in Chicago, he is experienced in branding, product management, user experience design, graphic desgin, front-end XHTML/CSS coding, SEO, and Google Analytics. David has Silicon Valley startup experience, and has several endeavors of his own, including Flatmate Meetup,, and the Through a Friend Facebook Application.

Thea Go, Customer Service Rep

Thea Go was a Quality Analyst in an American multi-national company the Philippines. When she got pregnant she started thinking of a alternative ways to make a living and at the same time be with her baby. She started with small projects, building her career expertise in several fields of work. She built her reputation through feedback scores and work history, and has recently joined oDesk’s very own customer support team.

John Kim, SEO Consultant

John Kim is a Search Engine Optimization lover with the track record of a VC-funded startup behind him. As’s founding CEO & principal lead generator, John grew the company from his apartment in Alameda, California, to a business that generated $10M annually through the web. John has helped half a dozen VC funded startups achieve their online marketing goals. He has a reputation for frankness with clients and passion for lead generation.

Amit Bakshi

Vice President of Marketing at LawPivot

Amit Bakshi is the Vice President of Marketing at LawPivot. He formerly served as Product Marketing Manager for oDesk.