Truly Lean Startups Use Online Contract Developers

July 30, 2012 by

The Lean Startup methodology is a great way to launch your new business idea as quickly and efficiently as possible. The practice has also spawned the Lean Software Development concept, which focuses on developing software in a lean manner—primarily by eliminating all forms of waste in the development process. However, the truly cutting-edge lean startups are taking it to a new level by using teams of contract developers to develop not only their web presence but also their product itself. Read Full Article

Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing

July 24, 2012 by

Matt Cooper, oDesk's VP of Marketplace Operations, is now a guest columnist for Staffing Industry Analysts' new blog, The Staffing Stream. Matt's first post, Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing, discusses the relationship between online work and traditional local staffing, as well as what the future of work will look like. Read Full Article

Digital Jam 2.0: Sharing My Online Work Story

July 23, 2012 by

Finding new employment opportunities for the youngest of the population is a great challenge in many countries, but particularly in Jamaica. The government has recognized the need to provide innovative solutions to tackle this significant problem, and consequently collaborated with the World Bank and various private-sector companies to host a three-day event called “Digital Jam 2.0 - the Future of Work is Online.” Being rated amongst the top oDesk contractors from Jamaica for Q1 2012, I was kindly invited by oDesk to give a presentation at this event, sharing my successful experience with oDesk and giving guidance to young people on how to achieve similar success through online work. Read Full Article

Reflections on the Pursuit to ‘Have it All’

July 18, 2012 by

I was one of the countless women who inhaled Anne-Marie Slaughter’s now-viral article in The Atlantic, titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” My first reaction was this: “It is not a coincidence that my first full-time job in 11 years is at oDesk.” My story goes back to the year 2000 when I thought I had it all. Except that apparently I didn’t. Read Full Article

Disintermediating a Labor Channel: Does it Make Sense?

July 16, 2012 by

A common aspiration of many startups is to be able to build their own labor force and channel. Through Facebook, through cell phone, through ads, everyone wants to have direct control of the labor. But the parallel with building your own data centers vs getting computing resources from the cloud is direct and should be evident. Allocating resources to handle overhead tasks is taking away resources from the main goal: Building a better product! Read Full Article

How To Move Your Business Forward By Hiring Online

July 12, 2012 by

Mark Buskuhl runs a small business in addition to his full-time job. But he didn’t want Snapshot Pod, which offers rentals of a more modern version of the classic photo booth,. But he didn’t want Snapshot Pod to look like a side project to potential customers. Working with contractors from all over the world, Buskuhl was able to “create a professional and high-end face for my business in a very cost-effective way." Read Full Article

Moving Towards an All-Management Future

July 10, 2012 by

In his recent guest post for Business Insider, oDesk CEO Gary Swart explored how rapid growth and widespread adoption of online work is shifting the traditional organizational structure, rapidly making the concept of “the management” obsolete. In fact, he predicts that in the future, we will all be managers. Read Full Article

10 Tech Influencers You Should be Following on Twitter

June 19, 2012 by

In addition to its merits as a social platform, Twitter has become one of the best ways to discover and digest a huge volume of news, commentary and information, all tailored to your interests. If your interests happen to be technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, look no further than the Twitter accounts of these 10 gurus. Read Full Article

Insights From the World Bank’s Technology & Jobs Panel

May 30, 2012 by

I was excited to participate in a panel at the World Bank last week about “An Open Conversation on Technology and Jobs,” presented by the Jobs Knowledge Platform and led by World Bank Managing Director Mahmoud Mohieldin. Online work is quickly becoming a large piece of the global employment picture, and its impact on economies around the world (especially developing economies, according to the Financial Times) is already an important topic of discussion. As a result, there is a growing need for the world’s policymakers, government officials and industry leaders to have an open dialogue about the policies and best practices surrounding online work. Read Full Article