The Way We Work

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Govind Davis on Motivating Remote Teams

The co-founder and CEO of MCF Technology Solutions—a specialized systems integrator that designs, develops, and implements cloud-based platform solutions—Govind Davis has built an almost entirely virtual company. Aside from three local employees, his staff of approximately 60 people works remotely from around the world. Here, he shares five of his best pieces of advice on how to continuously cultivate and motivate remote teams. Read Full Article

Online Work Tips & Best Practices

PreScouter CEO: Building A Great Remote Team On oDesk

What does it take to build a great remote team? Within two years, our Illinois-based startup, PreScouter, has pulled together a team of 50 freelancers from around the world—all recruited and managed through the oDesk platform. PreScouter’s mission is to expose the world to inventions that would otherwise be lost; we don’t just introduce technology to our clients, we use it to fuel our own business growth. How? Using the best practices we’ve learned to find the right professionals and keep them engaged. Read Full Article

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Your “Dream Team”: How Givers Can Be The Most Loyal Supporters

A highly functioning workplace team is made up of many different, but complementary, personality types. Software Advice decided to find out what makes some of their workplace’s top performers tick—so they enlisted a workforce psychologist to help understand what makes these employees great, what they struggle with and how they perform in certain roles. By better understanding your current and future team members, you too can assemble a “dream team” of top performers, placed in the roles they perform best. In her previous post, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan described the Savant; here, she discusses another important member of your lineup—the Giver. Read Full Article

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Leadership In A Virtual World: An Interview With Bernard Wilson

Located in Australia’s sparsely populated Northwest Territory, Darwin is better known for underground mines and tourist traps than for a bustling tech scene. But that hasn’t stopped Bernard Wilson. He’s capitalized on the power of remote work and cloud computing to forge his dream company, Primetime Entertainment. In the process, Wilson has learned valuable lessons on leadership and the importance of remote team relationships. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

The World Doesn’t Need Another Silicon Valley

It seems every emerging startup hub worldwide aims to recreate the unique entrepreneurial conditions of California's Silicon Valley. But is that possible—or even advised? In his previous column for Inc.com, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviewed Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London about why entrepreneurs should think more like athletes. In his latest article—part II of that interview—Matt and Jon discuss how startups might actually benefit from being located outside Silicon Valley, and how other entrepreneurial hubs shouldn't necessarily aim to be the next Silicon Valley. Read Full Article

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Why Savants Are Key To Your “Dream Team”—And How to Manage Them Effectively

A highly functioning workplace team is made up of many different, but complementary, personality types. Software Advice decided to find out what makes some of their workplace’s top performers tick—so they enlisted a workforce psychologist to help understand what makes these employees great, what they struggle with and how they perform in certain roles. By better understanding your current and future team members, you too can assemble a “dream team” of top performers, placed in the roles they perform best. Here, Software Advice Managing Editor Holly Regan discusses one important member of your lineup: the Savant. Read Full Article

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The Four Things Managers Must Give Their Teams

As a manager, you are only as good as your team. Attracting all-star talent is just the first challenge (though it's certainly a formidable one)—from there you have to make sure these A-players you've brought on board are engaged and given the environment they need to thrive. Otherwise, you will lose them as quickly as you hired them. Admittedly, that's easier said than done. So how do you create a work environment where your team members can thrive? It comes down to 4 key things. Read Full Article

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Pictures of “Working From Home”

As anyone who works from home knows all too well, misconceptions abound regarding telecommuting and remote work. Why do these misperceptions about remote work stick around so stubbornly? I searched "work from home" in Google Images and found my answer. And since if you can't beat them you should at least laugh at them, here were 10 of our absolute favorite "working from home" pictures, each representing a thousand more of that type. Enjoy! Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes

Visualizing success is a powerful thing. For athletes, it is an essential part of training, alongside practicing the strategies and techniques that will bring them that success. Could the same hold true for entrepreneurs? If the success of the American startup ecosystem is any indication, the answer is yes. In the latest post for his Inc.com column, oDesk's VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviews Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London, who discusses how visualizing success can play a significant role in startup outcomes. Read Full Article

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Leading From a Distance: The Art of Remote Management

The traditional management playbook would argue that supervisors need to be based in-office. But two established organizations think otherwise. Both Teach for America and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are empowering their managers to work out of the office. They’re giving them the tools, training and flexibility to lead their teams remotely—and reaping benefits both corporately and through individual employee job satisfaction. Read Full Article

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Why Your Developers May Be More Productive Working Remotely

“There’s an uninterrupted brain state you have to go into when you’re coding, and it requires an uninterrupted train of thought. Interruptions are very disruptive to developers when they’re in that brain state. So one of the major advantages of working remotely is that you’re not being subjected to constant interruptions; any of our developers will tell us that. It’s a clear advantage to not be in the office.” It can be argued, therefore, that developers working remotely are more productive than those in the office. Not convinced? This might change your mind. Read Full Article

All Things Upwork

Code Your Way to California: oDesk’s First Coding Challenge Attracts Top Developers From Russia and Ukraine

At 11:00 am MSK on Saturday, October 19th, over one thousand developers across Russia and Ukraine entered oDesk’s Coding Challenge. Participants had four hours to solve two puzzles, choosing from a list of 15 coding languages. Both experienced oDesk developers and those new to oDesk came out in large numbers for the chance to demonstrate their skills to prospective clients; we had created an exclusive developer group on oDesk open only to the top performers. But they were also vying for the grand prize—a trip to Silicon Valley and an in-person interview with oDesk. Read Full Article

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My First Job: It All Started with Selling Sneakers

Whether your first job was stocking grocery shelves, scooping ice cream or mowing lawns, it's likely that the value of what you learned about the professional world was far greater than the money you earned. For oDesk CEO Gary Swart, his first job—selling sneakers and sporting goods at the University Shop—brought many lessons in learning fast, working smart and being a catalyst of change. In this post for the LinkedIn Influencer program, Gary remembers his first job and explains how he still carries with him many of those lessons. Read Full Article

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Crossrider CTO: New oDesk Partnership Will Help Our Customers Succeed

Today marks the launch of a new partnership between oDesk and Crossrider, which has created the Crossrider Developer Marketplace. The marketplace will enable Crossrider clients to access great freelance development talent to build browser extensions, and will provide talented oDesk developers with an opportunity to showcase their browser extension expertise through the oDesk Crossrider group. Read Full Article