Startup Resources

How High-Tech Startups Can Use Remote Developers

Many high-tech entrepreneurs think of online staffing as a bootstrapping technique—something used only in the early days of the startup, when headcounts are low and funding is tight, to get a first prototype built. I know I used to think that way. But now, I'm convinced that online workplaces represent something much more: an essential tool in an entrepreneur's arsenal. Online staffing is akin to elastic computing or crowdfunding—it’s a resource that doesn’t just make things more efficient, but also adds a fundamental new capability to the modern company. Take our startup, Diffbot, as an example. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

Choosing The Best Mobile App Development Technology

There are many different reasons to create an app: maybe you see a need for a business app, maybe you just have a great idea. In his series of posts for the Upwork blog, AppInstruct CEO Nic Wright has addressed the most common questions about getting your app off the ground. In this post, he considers some of the technology choices involved. With mobile, for example, you have to decide what type of app works best for you: native, hybrid or web. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Tech Beyond London: Dom Bracher’s Startup Story

Entrepreneurs aren't afraid to break away from tradition, and British freelancer-turned-business-owner Dom Bracher's early career path demonstrates just that. Not interested in moving from his rural hometown in southwest England to London, he chose to stay put. Now he runs a thriving mobile app marketing business and, in this interview, shares his oDesk advice for freelancers and business owners. Read Full Article

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Multilingual Online Marketing: Market to Europe in 10 Steps

If you've considering marketing to Europe, you're probably wondering how you can actually make it happen—on budget and on time. At online-marketer.de, we do so through oDesk, using the platform to provide service in anywhere up to nine different languages. Here’s how I recommend breaking down multilingual online marketing campaigns into digestible steps and how we use oDesk to do it. Read Full Article

Working Remotely

Jay: Ex Million-Mile Commuter Turned Digital Nomad

In 2011, tired of recycled air, bland food, drab office interiors and too much time away from family, entrepreneur Jay Shapiro made the decision to sell his digital advertising agency and found Infinite Monkeys, a DIY mobile apps tools site—that he built as an entirely location-independent business, relying on support from a virtual team. Taking advantage of his newfound freedom to work wherever he wants, Jay and his family began touring the world. They also took their “home” with them, in the form of a custom-built “Eco-Roamer,” a 33-foot camper van fashioned entirely out of sustainable materials. Jay designed the camper to serve as both a second home and mobile headquarters for his blossoming virtual business. Read Full Article