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Mr. Layton Brings Wealth of Experience and Connections to Internet Startup
oDesk, an Internet startup that lets companies access an On Demand global workforce, announced today that Thomas Layton, CEO of Open Table, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Mr. Layton brings a tremendous amount of experience building marquee Internet businesses as well as an extensive network of relationships in the sector to the company. He was a cofounder of CitySearch, Inc., which later merged with Ticketmaster and is now a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp.
“Thomas brings oDesk over a decade of experience building innovative online businesses from the ground up,” says Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk. “This gives him a unique vantage point into managing the sort of explosive organic growth oDesk is experiencing.” oDesk is growing at a rate of 20 percent per month.
“oDesk combines a global network of technology talent with a virtual workspace and auditing capability to remove concerns managers would have in hiring somebody from across the world,” says Mr. Layton. “By facilitating the trust required for transactions, oDesk is uniquely positioned to take advantage of inexorable trends like globalization and outsourcing.”
Mr. Layton joins oDesk’s Board of Directors, which consists of Gary Swart, Odysseas Tsatalos, Venky Ganesan of Globespan Capital Partners, and Greg Gretsch of Sigma Partners. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Open Table.
oDesk (www.oDesk.com) provides businesses with an On Demand global workforce by enabling them to hire carefully selected technical workers from around the globe and pay them by the hour. With total visibility into worker activities, hiring managers are confident that they are paying only for time worked. oDesk’s suite of collaboration tools lets teams spread around the world work together effectively. oDesk customers range from Fortune 500 companies to small and medium businesses. Founded in 2004, oDesk is located in Menlo Park, CA.