Startup Resources

The World Doesn’t Need Another Silicon Valley

November 11, 2013 by

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

Startup Resources

Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes

November 5, 2013 by

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

The Way We Work

Why Coworking Is on the Rise

October 17, 2013 by

Work is no longer a place. Telecommuting, freelancing and online work have been growing for years, and the lines between our professional and personal lives are increasingly blurry. We make dinner reservations from the office, and take our conference calls from the dinner table. As work becomes less routine and more results-focused, people are coming back together to foster collaboration based around results. A movement is taking shape—the rise of coworking. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Self-Employed & Loving It: Pros of All Ages Choose Independence

October 3, 2013 by

There are 17.7 million independent workers in the U.S. at the moment, according to the newly released State of Independence in America report from MBO Partners, and they are overwhelmingly satisfied with the path they've taken. “Most independents choose and plan to continue this path because they want control over their lives, including the ability to determine when, where and what type of work they do,” the report’s authors explain, citing a survey of more than 4,000 independent workers in the U.S. That sense of being in charge is what has even more professionals poised to join their ranks—regardless of age. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The “New Professionalism”

October 2, 2013 by

Being a linchpin for that company didn't prevent me from getting a pink slip. That was the day I stopped believing the promises of the Old Professionalism. Rather than go hunting for a job similar to the one I'd had—a type of job that was quickly disappearing—I started my own business. Four and a half years of self-employment have taught me that there's more financial security (and fun) in creating my own livelihood than in relying on someone else to pay my salary. Running a business forced me to develop certain habits, and those habits now provide more long-term stability for my family than busying myself making someone else rich. Read Full Article

Startup Resources

How to Build a Disruptive Business: Analyst Sangeet Choudary Weighs In On Where To Focus

September 19, 2013 by

Sangeet Choudary is a widely published technology analyst and innovation consultant. His popular blog Platform Thinking analyzes disruption and innovation in digital markets; he also contributed to the book “Managing Startups,” is a mentor at several incubators and accelerators, and serves on the advisory boards of prominent startups like SkillShare. We caught up with Choudary to hear his thoughts on how to build a disruptive business; "platform thinking" and why it's important; and disruptive innovation, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and marketplace business models. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Other Side of Remote Collaboration: Learnings From Eastern Europe

September 9, 2013 by

oDesk Interaction Designer Shipra Kayan has worked with oDesk’s distributed development team for almost four years, collaborating solely over email, shared documents, Skype chats and Google Hangouts. She has gotten to know many of these developers quite well after talking to them on almost a daily basis for years, but had only physically met the handful of developers who have visited the oDesk office. Shipra wanted to change that. With the goal of experiencing firsthand what the development team—and all of our users—do every day, she set out on a trip to Macedonia and the Ukraine to work side by side with many of oDesk’s core developers. She has been faithfully documenting her experience and reflections on her blog; here are some of our favorite excerpts. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

oDesk VP Matt Cooper Shares 5 Steps to Becoming More Marketable

September 4, 2013 by

The world of work is changing fast, leaving a wake of frightening uncertainty that's especially daunting for those of you early in your careers. We're facing an unemployment rate of more than 7%, an online landscape that turns simple daily actions into permanent reputations, and a world so fast-paced that the next in-demand skill may not even exist yet. How can you help yourself stand out? In a column published today for Inc., oDesk Vice President of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper provides 5 steps to becoming more marketable by bolstering your current skills and developing new ones. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Teacher In The Cloud: Online Education Opens New Opportunities

August 26, 2013 by

Leslie Fetzer's passion for helping students succeed has driven her to innovate on the cutting edge of education: online classrooms. This award-winning teacher rarely enters a traditional classroom; instead, her main office is her computer desk — at her home in Holly Springs, NC. She believes that the freedom and flexibility online education provides helps make a difference in the lives of her students. And she's not alone. More and more teaching professionals are discovering that the world of online education offers new ways to harness and share their love of teaching. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

How to Foster a Work-Hard/Play-Hard Culture with Blended Teams

August 19, 2013 by

These days, it’s easy to think that adding a ping pong table or instituting Hawaiian Shirt Fridays is enough to create the work-hard, play-hard culture that has served companies like Google and Facebook so well. But in reality, it takes more than superficial perks to truly invigorate your company’s culture and transform it into a workplace where passionate people are knocking down your door trying to find out how they can join the company. It can be even more challenging to create this kind of culture when key members of your team work remotely, but that’s actually when it becomes most important. BusinessBee's Elli Bishop helps you get started with four critical tactics that will energize your business and establish a vibrant culture, fostering high productivity and record-breaking results. Read Full Article

All Things Upwork

The Way You Work: oDesk Client Jay Shapiro

August 15, 2013 by

Ever wanted to start your own business...while simultaneously traveling the world with your wife and two kids in an eco-friendly RV? Well, that’s what oDesk client Jay Shapiro wanted to do — and did. By tapping into online work, he was able to build Infinite Monkeys — a site that allows anyone to easily create a mobile app — while he remained happily on the road. Along the road to success, Jay made some important discoveries about the benefits of online work and developed his own best practices for leveraging remote teams. Here are five of his best nuggets of advice. Read Full Article