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Full-Time Employment: A Thing of the Past?

October 25, 2011

Full-Time Employment: A Thing of the Past?

Though companies typically hire more temporary workers in the wake of a recession in an attempt to ramp up their workforce after cutbacks, some analysts are pointing to recent temporary employment gains as evidence of a new workforce trend, sparking debate over whether or not businesses are making temporary employees a more permanent solution.

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Marketplace Startups Talk Chickens, Eggs and Touch

October 7, 2011

Marketplace Startups Talk Chickens, Eggs and Touch

Since eBay paved the way, untold start-ups have followed in its footsteps by hoping to bring together buyers and sellers in a wide variety of verticals, using sophisticated business models to get the balance just right. But building an online marketplace, it turns out, is just another day in the old henhouse.

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Vital Signs: Ukraine Gains Outsourced Work From Bay Area

September 29, 2011

Vital Signs: Ukraine Gains Outsourced Work From Bay Area

[Subscription Required] When it comes to outsourcing work, Bay Area employers today are broadening their search to more countries than India, according to data culled by remote-hiring website oDesk Corp., used by small businesses and start-ups to find remote workers.

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The New Office

September 23, 2011

The New Office

Tony Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of The Energy Project, Gary Swart, Chief Executive Officer of oDesk, and Sherry Turkle, author of "Alone Together", discuss the ways companies can build flexible and intelligent environments for virtual work and still maintain high levels of strategy and innovation.

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Surfing for a Salary: Freelance Markets

August 4, 2011

Surfing for a Salary: Freelance Markets

oDesk CEO Gary Swart discusses how employment can be found online - monthly Online Employment Report states that there were more than 90,000 new jobs posted in July alone. [CNBC live broadcast interview]

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Boom Seen in Freelance Work Over the Web

August 4, 2011

Boom Seen in Freelance Work Over the Web

Unemployment is still high and the economy uncertain, but job seekers aren't giving up—they're logging on, said Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, a Web site that matches freelancers with companies looking for online contract workers.

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13 startup stars on the verge of an IPO

August 1, 2011

13 startup stars on the verge of an IPO

Wall Street is buzzing about LinkedIn's hot IPO and anticipating Groupon's and Zynga's. But what about those small, innovative companies looking to cash in? Fortune spotlights ones that show lots of promise.

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Where Will the New Jobs Come From? They’re Already Coming From Remote Workforces

July 20, 2011

Where Will the New Jobs Come From? They’re Already Coming From Remote Workforces

Who is going to create the new jobs America so desperately needs to get our economy back on track? This question is a subject of ongoing debate. Will small businesses create them? Big business? Well, according to a new survey by online employment platform oDesk, new jobs are already being generated by remote hiring.

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Is Silicon Valley Making a Comeback?

July 1, 2011

Is Silicon Valley Making a Comeback?

The tech startup center of the U.S. has been struggling with major unemployment in recent years. But the area may be heating up again. [Live radio interview with oDesk CEO Gary Swart]

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Four Redwood City Companies Ranked “Top Work Places”

June 22, 2011

Four Redwood City Companies Ranked “Top Work Places”

Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira said companies like Swart’s will create the jobs needed to help pull the economy out of its recession.

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The $32,000 Startup

June 21, 2011

The $32,000 Startup

In an age of outsourcing, starting an online business or improving an existing one means founders don't need technical skills or outside funding.

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Outsourcing 2.0

June 7, 2011

Outsourcing 2.0

oDesk is a new take on outsourcing that doesn’t require the contracting agency to set up office here, yet it provides gainful employment to thousands of skilled Filipinos, even when the US economy isn’t doing that well.

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These Jobs Are Not Slowing

June 6, 2011

These Jobs Are Not Slowing

As summer heats up, job demand isn’t slowing down. Finding the perfect summer job isn’t limited to life-guarding at the local pool, it’s about knowing where to look online, and diving into the global talent pool.

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Building a Killer Startup? Get Ruby on Rails

May 31, 2011

Building a Killer Startup? Get Ruby on Rails

People are scrambling to start a tech company, and it is getting easier to do because of the availability of cheap resources, cloud computing and outsourced services like oDesk.

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Does a Virtual Workforce Make Sense for Your Small Business?

May 27, 2011

Does a Virtual Workforce Make Sense for Your Small Business?

Back in the day, being a small business owner was a bit simpler. You needed help getting things done so you went out and hired people, usually locally, to work for you. The idea of hiring a staff member on the other side of the country -- or even the other side of the world -- was pretty much unheard of. But, as they say, "That was then; this is now."

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oDesk CEO Gary Swart Gives the Keys to Freelance Success

May 27, 2011

oDesk CEO Gary Swart Gives the Keys to Freelance Success

If you only looked at the numbers then being a freelancer is probably one of the most rewarding, secure jobs that you’ll find. Based on statistics from freelance powerhouse oDesk, money earned by freelancers has increased 325% since 2009 and the hours worked have increased 211% for the same.

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Do You Need a Full-Time, Contractor or Outsourced Help?

May 6, 2011

Do You Need a Full-Time, Contractor or Outsourced Help?

It is no longer just about whom you hire, but how you structure the positions. Job candidates come in more varieties than ever before: staffers, independent contractors, flex-timers, freelancers, temps, consultants. The only real differentiator is control.

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Winnebagos and sailboats: Entrepreneurs going mobile

May 4, 2011

Winnebagos and sailboats: Entrepreneurs going mobile

For the past decade or so, telecommuting - once viewed as taboo and nonproductive - has steadily risen in popularity as businesses and employees look for ways to lower costs and juggle a more complicated work-life balance.

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You're the Boss: This Week in Small Business

April 18, 2011

You're the Boss: This Week in Small Business

What’s affecting me, my clients and other small-business owners this week.

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Peninsula Economic Report: Coming back to life

April 15, 2011

Peninsula Economic Report: Coming back to life

Nearly two years after the Great Recession, the Peninsula’s economy is clawing its way back to recovery. Job growth — one of the broadest measures of the region’s health — is moving slowly in the right direction. Read more: Coming back to life | San Francisco Business Times

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Rural Sourcing: A Trend to Watch?

March 4, 2011

Rural Sourcing: A Trend to Watch?

Managers thinking of establishing virtual teams may have visions of the best and brightest in New York, San Francisco and Shanghai dancing in their heads. The untapped workers of rural places and small cities like Kanab, Utah or Augusta, Ga. probably feature less often. Now the proponents of a still embryonic but expanding trend known as “rural sourcing” are trying to change that.

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Rural Sourcing: A Trend to Watch?

March 3, 2011

Rural Sourcing: A Trend to Watch?

A recent study by online worker clearinghouse oDesk found that workers in tiny towns of less than 15,000 inhabitants are already online and thriving in a remote work environment.

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How Online Work Can Save America

February 21, 2011

How Online Work Can Save America

We cannot rely on the government alone to fix our employment problem. While the stimulus created five million jobs, it did so at great cost to taxpayers and without any guarantee that those roles would be needed a few years from now. If we invested similar resources in scaling up Internet-enabled work, there would be a tidal wave of new startups in this space.

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oDesk Charts the Future of Distributed Work

February 15, 2011

oDesk Charts the Future of Distributed Work

If you were thinking like an Internet entrepreneur, you’d want to go out create some kind of online service that helps businesses find, manage, and pay remote contractors, whether domestic or foreign, and then take a cut of the action. But as it turns out, you’d quite possibly be too late: a company called oDesk created just such a service in 2005, and it’s now built up such an impressive lead over rivals such as Guru and Elance that it may be unstoppable.

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The Battle Against Slow Payers

February 14, 2011

The Battle Against Slow Payers

Small businesses and solo entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to online services to help with one of their most fundamental issues: getting paid.

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Gratton warns on future risks

February 9, 2011

Gratton warns on future risks

Speaking to Recruiter at the latest Future of Work (FoW) Consortium in London, where 80 executives from around the world met to discuss the risks that companies face in preparing for the future, Gratton explained that the trend is for more people wanting to work on their own or in small teams.

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Small towns do 3 times the online work of San Francisco

February 2, 2011

Small towns do 3 times the online work of San Francisco

Online workers in Kanab, Utah, or Wagoner and Newalla in Oklahoma do more than three times the work of their counterparts in San Francisco. So says oDesk, which helps connect remote contractors to employers online. Read more: Small towns do 3 times the online work of San Francisco | San Francisco Business Times

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IT Job Environment Improves, with Open Source Opportunities

January 26, 2011

IT Job Environment Improves, with Open Source Opportunities

The environment for jobs in information technology is rapidly improving, according to a new report from researchers at Challenger, Gray and Christmas, and there are also strong signs that IT workers with open source skills are increasingly in demand.

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When It's Time to Take on Help

January 15, 2011

When It's Time to Take on Help

While most businesses start out as solo enterprises, few can afford to stay that way. At some point, experts say, taking on help -- whether it's temporary telecommuters or on-site full-timers -- is typically vital to a young company's survival.

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Web programming, Web design top list of hot online jobs in 2011

December 24, 2010

Web programming, Web design top list of hot online jobs in 2011

Looking for a tech job in the new year? Focus your efforts on Web programming and Web design. Those jobs topped the list as the online marketplace oDesk released its analysis of the best tech jobs going into 2011

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Top Online Jobs for 2010 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

December 23, 2010

Top Online Jobs for 2010 and Predictions for the Year Ahead

The jobs picture is a news item that gets a lot of attention. Deserving more attention are the opportunities that can come to people if they work online. The online work economy reflects how the physical location of any person or object has less meaning that it ever has. We say the network is flattening but our sense of geography is changing, too. It's another sign of how significant the trends are that we follow in cloud computing and virtualization. The job data from oDesk shows how the ecosystem for online employment connects to trends we see on the Web and in the mobile markets. It also shows the connections between different job categories. The demand for Web developers is tied to the need for people with social media expertise. The need for networking technology expertise is part of what drives demand for more software. So if you are looking for a job we have some advice: Rest your weary feet and take a seat. There are jobs to be found online.

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Get a Head Start on Planning for 2011

December 23, 2010

Get a Head Start on Planning for 2011

For business owners, the tinsel and trappings of the holiday season also indicate it’s time to pin down your business plans for the coming year. While you should always be looking toward the future, the new year provides an opportunity to reflect, appreciate and lay the groundwork for a successful year for you and your team. When considering where to put your focus over the next 365 days, here are the top areas small businesses are investing in.

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How to break into the video-game industry

December 21, 2010

How to break into the video-game industry

Breaking into the video game industry doesn't require fancy degrees, insider knowledge or a well-connected ex-roommate. Better still, anyone can do it right from home and get started overnight.

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Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help

December 19, 2010

Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help

Temporary workers are starting to look, well, not so temporary. Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, raising concerns among workers and some labor experts that temporary employees will become a larger, more entrenched part of the work force.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Online Employment 2010 Review and Future Predictions About the State of the Borderless Economy

December 10, 2010

SPECIAL REPORT: Online Employment 2010 Review and Future Predictions About the State of the Borderless Economy

Online work is creating an economy of opportunity–where work is not linked to location, but to skills, experience and abilites. This shift towards a flexible, on-demand workforce is becoming an established hiring model for companies of all sizes to get more done with less, scale to meet demand, and increase efficiency. For workers, this allows them to manage their own work-life balance, get paid based on merit, and access an entire world of work opportunities.

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Online Freelance Jobs Are Hot, but Can You Afford to Take Them?

December 9, 2010

Online Freelance Jobs Are Hot, but Can You Afford to Take Them?

The dawn of the contract technology worker era is here, and it’s blossoming in numbers never seen before, finds two reports. Mobile development in Android, iPhone and Facebook, HTML5 and Adobe Flash skills are hot now and in 2011. Hourly rates on two of the largest freelance job boards, however, show not much more earnings than an assistant manager’s rate at Starbucks.

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Hot IT Jobs for the Year Ahead

December 8, 2010

Hot IT Jobs for the Year Ahead

With employment in the U.S. stagnant if not slipping, there's plenty of interest in job opportunities. One of the biggest growth areas has been freelance and contract work aided by technology advances that enable more jobs to be done remotely, either from home or in a mobile office situation.

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Small Firms Still Hesitant to Hire

December 2, 2010

Small Firms Still Hesitant to Hire

When it comes to hiring, Main Street remains reluctant to fully open its doors.

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Cover Story: The Demand Economy

November 30, 2010

Cover Story: The Demand Economy

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: oDesk has revenue of $120 million and a three-year growth rate of 1,058 percent. CEO Gary Swart says demand is "unbounded." Here's how to gain access to a potentially huge untapped market.

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Jobs Picture May Be Rosier Than Report: E-Hiring Exec

November 5, 2010

Jobs Picture May Be Rosier Than Report: E-Hiring Exec

Employment improved slightly in October, but if the government's data also measured online remote contractors, the numbers would come out even better, Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, a global employment platform, told CNBC Friday. [VIDEO]

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oDesk October Online Jobs Report

November 3, 2010

oDesk October Online Jobs Report

In addition to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment report, we will be adding some more color from online labor market leader oDesk.

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Entrepreneurs Keep an Eye on Competition, but Don't Forget About Yourself

November 2, 2010

Entrepreneurs Keep an Eye on Competition, but Don't Forget About Yourself

Like driving a car, running a small business is a balancing act between action and reaction. Looking at competition in the rearview does little good when you know that the biggest opportunities for success lie in the journey ahead.

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Seven Ways to Retain Top Employees

November 2, 2010

Seven Ways to Retain Top Employees

In lieu of big bonuses or raises, start-up CEOs traditionally satisfy top-notch employees by handing over equity in the company. However, when growth slows, that equity stake can lose some of its luster. Here, Entrepreneur looks at 7 ways companies can keep their top performing employees.

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HOW TO: Build an App for Your Small Business

October 27, 2010

HOW TO: Build an App for Your Small Business

So, you’re a small or medium-sized business, and you want to build a Facebook, mobile or web app. You’re undertaking something that’s both simple and ambitious, and you’re probably looking for a bit of help.

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Fantastic Tools For The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

October 27, 2010

Fantastic Tools For The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

Natalie Sisson always on the lookout for tools, products and services that help her streamline her business and save time and money. It’s all part of her master plan to free up time and run her business from anywhere in the world. So without further ado here are six of her top tools that you should know about and use for your business.

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Valley's fastest growing companies honored

October 15, 2010

Valley's fastest growing companies honored

The Silicon Valley Business Journal honored the 60 fastest-growing private companies in the region Thursday night at the Computer History Museum.

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Offshore contracting a factor in stubborn jobless numbers

October 14, 2010

Offshore contracting a factor in stubborn jobless numbers

Why is it that unemployment in Silicon Valley remains stubbornly high when so many companies of various sizes are looking to hire? One reason, is that the valley's labor pool has truly gone global -- and H-1B visas have nothing to do with it.

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Offshoring no longer just for big companies

October 14, 2010

Offshoring no longer just for big companies

Much of the anger over offshoring is aimed at big multinational companies like IBM, which have been shifting a growing number of jobs overseas, and their clients, many of which are also large global companies. But a Contra Costa Times article spotlights an interesting trend: startups that hire contract workers in low-cost countries through online job sites.

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When to Hire a Contractor vs. Full-Time Employee

October 12, 2010

When to Hire a Contractor vs. Full-Time Employee

How do you decide when to hire employees and when to hire contractors? The answer isn’t as simple as it once was.

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37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

September 27, 2010

37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

The days of shackling your business to a brick and mortar office are over. Even people who work primarily in traditional offices occasionally find themselves working on the road or from their kitchen tables. This flexibility is great in a lot of ways, but each new work setting also brings with it a new set of productivity challenges. We asked people who work from home, from coworking spaces, in coffee shops, on the road and in offices to share their secrets for a productive day no matter where they’re working. The following are the highlights of their collective advice.

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Problem Solved: Freelance Hiring Made Easy

September 24, 2010

Problem Solved: Freelance Hiring Made Easy

Finding a person in the U.S. or overseas to do contract work can be risky; after all, there’s little a small business can do to control the outcome. Enter oDesk, an online marketplace that helps small businesses hire, manage, and pay remote freelancers.

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One Company Worked a Million Hours Last Month - Here's What They Could Have Done Instead

September 22, 2010

One Company Worked a Million Hours Last Month - Here's What They Could Have Done Instead

oDesk is a global employment platform, enabling companies to hire, manage and pay a remote workforce from anywhere in the world. Between all of their contractors, a total of 1,000,000+ hours were worked in 31 days.

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Freelancers and Temps See Mixed Signals of a Recovery

September 16, 2010

Freelancers and Temps See Mixed Signals of a Recovery

While the unemployment rate for full-time employees has remained frustratingly high, the sector of the workforce specializing in contract, freelance and short-term jobs has taken on a split personality of sorts.

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Co-founder of oDesk Helps Employers Monitor Freelancers

September 12, 2010

Co-founder of oDesk Helps Employers Monitor Freelancers

oDesk's most distinctive, and controversial, feature takes frequent snapshots of workers' computer screens and records their keystrokes and mouse clicks so employers know when they're working and what they're doing. Most are paid by the hour. That draws criticism from privacy advocates. But oDesk is at the forefront of a shift in the U.S. workforce from full-time staffers to freelancers and other temporary workers who could be 25% of the labor force in a few years — more than double the present share.

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Hiring Contractors Appealing in Time of 'Tremendous Uncertainty'

September 8, 2010

Hiring Contractors Appealing in Time of 'Tremendous Uncertainty'

Yesterday I wrote about sluggish hiring in the U.S. technology sector. Although many experts predicted tech would lead a recovery in U.S. hiring, that hasn't happened yet and plenty of tech pros are hunting for work.

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Online Workers Doing Fine, oDesk Passes One Million Hours A Month

September 7, 2010

Online Workers Doing Fine, oDesk Passes One Million Hours A Month

While full-time tech jobs might not be making a roaring comeback, freelance and part-time work seems to be picking up the slack.

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oDesk CEO Gary Swart on the Future of Work

September 6, 2010

oDesk CEO Gary Swart on the Future of Work

At the absolute epicenter of this huge, world-changing trend is Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, now the leading online talent marketplace. Read on for Gary’s candid and insightful “man at the heart of things” views of the new world of work.

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Freelance Nation

August 25, 2010

Freelance Nation

Almost every company in America is outsourcing at least part of its work--but not always getting the results it needs. Here's how to do it right.

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Online Hiring Halls Rely on Global Labor Pool

August 23, 2010

Online Hiring Halls Rely on Global Labor Pool

In a nation desperate for jobs and hopeful that small firms will fill their traditional role of doing most of the new hiring, sites such as oDesk create a global labor pool for any sort of computer-based task.

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A Glut of Hiring Alternatives

August 20, 2010

A Glut of Hiring Alternatives

Private-sector job creation has been weak in recent months, as few companies seem comfortable taking on the risk of new hires. But anemic job reports may also be attributable, at least in part, to hiring alternatives that are becoming increasingly attractive to small businesses.

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Harness What You Have

August 18, 2010

Harness What You Have

You have a hot new technology. You're not sure it's being used well. Learn from oDesk.com, which links over 600,000 independent contractors with 120,000 companies in search of talent. The freelancers and firms span 150 countries. oDesk took off by using technology it had developed. Follow their lead to do the same...

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5 Red Flags You Shouldn't Ignore When Hiring Remote Employees

July 21, 2010

5 Red Flags You Shouldn't Ignore When Hiring Remote Employees

How to make your next remote hire the right hire for your business.

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Crowdsourcing a game changer for Australian business

July 6, 2010

Crowdsourcing a game changer for Australian business

Small businesses are tuning in to the cost and efficiencies of crowdsourcing and self-employed people are using it as a new platform to tout their expertise to a worldwide market

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Managing at a Distance

June 21, 2010

Managing at a Distance

Small-business owners have long used the Web to connect with freelancers from around the globe. Now a growing number of them are going further—and using the Web to manage and compensate those far-flung workers.

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Work in the Digital Age: A Clouded Future

May 13, 2010

Work in the Digital Age: A Clouded Future

Martin Giles takes a look at the growth in online services that match freelancers with work.

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Where the Jobs Are

May 13, 2010

Where the Jobs Are

Amid the ongoing recession, American freelancers are finding more and more work abroad.

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The Case, and the Plan, for the Virtual Company

March 31, 2010

The Case, and the Plan, for the Virtual Company

How smart entrepreneurs are finding money and happiness in an office-free life

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oDesk and The Inadvertant Freelancer

March 18, 2010

oDesk and The Inadvertant Freelancer

Can you become a great freelancer?

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Are freelancing and outsourcing the answer to unemployment?

March 9, 2010

Are freelancing and outsourcing the answer to unemployment?

As employers are looking to shed in-house staff they are replacing them with contract workers, who don't receive benefits and can do a variety of jobs including Web development, marketing, blogging, writing, and translation at home or in any case, off-site. As a result, many people who were unable to land permanent jobs have established themselves as freelancers instead. Larry takes a look at the growth of free-lancing in the labor market and how this affects the world of work.

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What are the Top 10 nations for online workers?

March 6, 2010

What are the Top 10 nations for online workers?

Numbers are hard to come by, but one US marketplace for online work has compiled a list. The results may surprise you...

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Trendy technology leads to new jobs

March 5, 2010

Trendy technology leads to new jobs

The technology industry is always looking for the next new thing, and that's helping drive the latest hiring push. Such initiatives as green technology and "cloud computing" could even fuel an overall economic comeback, technology analysts say...

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Outsourcing Firm's Latest Offering: Health Insurance

February 27, 2010

Outsourcing Firm's Latest Offering: Health Insurance

As companies increase their reliance on freelancers, virtual outsourcer oDesk plans to sell health insurance to U.S. workers.

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How to Work From Home: Reverse Outsourcing Means Job Opportunities in the U.S.

February 15, 2010

How to Work From Home: Reverse Outsourcing Means Job Opportunities in the U.S.

We often hear about Americans' losing jobs as employers send the work overseas to save money. But have you heard of reverse outsourcing: foreign companies hiring American workers, especially when a specific skill can only be found among U.S. talent? Tory Johnson looks into the opportunities.

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Online Freelance Marketplaces: Boon to those in remote places, Bane to the salaried worker

February 12, 2010

Online Freelance Marketplaces: Boon to those in remote places, Bane to the salaried worker

Employers with tight budgets who are facing limited supplies of some hard-to-find skills even in a weak economy are increasingly turning to remote workers, says Gary Swart of oDesk.

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Build a Better Business with Outsourcing

January 16, 2010

Build a Better Business with Outsourcing

Entrepreneur's comprehensive guide to where, when and how to use independent contractors.

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oDesk, Freelancers and the Future of Work

December 16, 2009

oDesk, Freelancers and the Future of Work

Earlier this week, Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup oDesk announced a new service called oDesk Staffing, which gives U.S.-based freelancers access to benefits (including health coverage, retirement plans and education savings accounts), along with other services. This move by oDesk, which describes itself as a marketplace for work, is a smart one, as it positions the company to take advantage of a major societal shift.

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Contracting, Freelance Sites Abound for IT Workers

December 12, 2009

Contracting, Freelance Sites Abound for IT Workers

IT contracting and freelance work is up in 2009 mainly due to layoffs, pay cuts and other economic realities beaten to death in the media. The good news is there is no shortage of IT contracting and freelance technology work websites that let you advertise your skills, compete for work and build client reference lists.

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IT Contracting: How to Get Started on Elance, oDesk

December 11, 2009

IT Contracting: How to Get Started on Elance, oDesk

IT professionals are increasingly turning to online freelance marketplaces such as Elance and oDesk to start new careers as full-time IT contractors or to supplement their incomes. The CEOs of Elance and oDesk, along with IT contractors using those sites, offer 13 practical tips for getting started in the online freelance marketplace and for standing out in a sea of global competition.

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Quarter of workforce could become temps as contract work grows

December 7, 2009

Quarter of workforce could become temps as contract work grows

Some experts predict temporary workers could constitute up to a quarter of the workforce in a few years. Other industry officials are reporting an even bigger jump, partly because of a long-term shift to contractors in the workplace.

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The Five-Second Commute

November 25, 2009

The Five-Second Commute

Amid the economy's many ailments, some good news has remained mostly off the radar: The at-home work force is growing, and it is encompassing new occupations ranging from radiology and nursing to auditing and teaching.

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12 Offbeat Resources for Landing a Tech Job

November 20, 2009

12 Offbeat Resources for Landing a Tech Job

While most people know to turn to the big online job boards and social networks ranging from LinkedIn to Facebook to help land a new gig, there are a lot of off-the-beaten-track online paths that can be taken as well.

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Tough times force creative tactics

November 13, 2009

Tough times force creative tactics

Human resource managers face the question every day: How to do more with less? This article provides examples of how innovative businesses find creative ways to succeed.

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Outsourcing on steroids

November 12, 2009

Outsourcing on steroids

Futurist Ross Dawson says: “Online services exchanges are places where anyone anywhere can get people to perform services; it’s about the development of a global talent economy. Some services are commoditised – you might want someone to count the number of tennis balls in a photo for the lowest price possible. But they also allow you to find the best person for the job and price isn’t always the primary factor why you hire someone, sometimes it’s more about finding talented people. I use odesk and the last person I hired wasn’t in Egypt or Latvia - he was in New York.”

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Why you should start your business on a shoestring

November 12, 2009

Why you should start your business on a shoestring

The reality is you don’t need all sorts of money to build a company today. Matthew Crowe investigates the various ways companies can startup on a shoestring.

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Refugees in Kenya get software development work

November 9, 2009

Refugees in Kenya get software development work

The data center at the Daadab refugee camp connects developers and data entry workers to jobs.

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Is Freelancing in Your Work Future?

November 6, 2009

Is Freelancing in Your Work Future?

"The Future of Work" is an online presentation developed by oDesk, a global online platform that connects freelance talent with businesses of all sizes, to help workers consider how the shifts in business and technology are changing the way the world works, and how you can best position yourself for success. oDesk CEO Gary Swart shares some of the highlights, which should get you thinking about freelance opportunities and the way you work.

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Work in admin? Here's the bad news

November 4, 2009

Work in admin? Here's the bad news

MiniMovers founder Mike O'Hagan predicts 80 per cent of administration work will be outsourced overseas.

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Unleashing Your Creativity While You're Moonlighting

November 3, 2009

Unleashing Your Creativity While You're Moonlighting

It's no secret that job security is a thing of the past. Taking on part-time work—especially in a creative arena you've always wanted to pursue—is one way to earn extra income and begin exploring new work opportunities before it becomes a necessity.

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oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

October 27, 2009

oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

Today, oDesk's "oConomy" meter, which is the amount of money that is earned from workers on oDesk, hit $100 million.

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oDesk’s oConomy Hits $100 Million

October 26, 2009

oDesk’s oConomy Hits $100 Million

Today, oDesk’s “oConomy” meter, which is the amount of money that is earned from workers on oDesk, hit $100 million. The oConomy showcases data from the work activity of 350,000+ oDesk users in over 150 countries.

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How Outsourcing Creates American Jobs

October 19, 2009

How Outsourcing Creates American Jobs

Matthew Bandyk explains the 4 main reasons outsourced work creates jobs in the U.S. using oDesk data.

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Protectionism vs. the Innovation Nation

October 17, 2009

Protectionism vs. the Innovation Nation

The era of measuring national well-being by tallying how many and what kind of advanced products a country makes is long gone. In this article, Vivek Wadhwa explores the effect and promise of globalization.

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Work From Home: 7 Companies Hiring Now

October 15, 2009

Work From Home: 7 Companies Hiring Now

Can you imagine how simple your life would be if you never had to drive to work? If you have the self-discipline to work from home, the right opportunity could help you get back those commute hours and gain some extra time each day to do whatever you want. If you're wondering where you can find such a job in a waning economy, here are seven companies hiring for work from home right now.

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With oDesk’s iPhone App, Bosses Can Now Monitor Workers From The Beach

September 30, 2009

With oDesk’s iPhone App, Bosses Can Now Monitor Workers From The Beach

Startup oDesk was voted as a TechCrunch50’s demopit winner thanks to the launch of a new iPhone application that allows project administrators to monitor the work stream of their team members while they’re on the go. Today, oDesk’s free app is available on the App Store.

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ODesk pulls up a chair for freelancers

September 25, 2009

ODesk pulls up a chair for freelancers

oDesk lets the marketplace determine freelancer value. That decision will translate to an estimated $66 million in wages paid in 2009, of which oDesk takes 10 percent. And the numbers are steadily increasing. Large companies like Network Solutions are using oDesk to hire, and others like Yahoo and Salesforce.com are certifying freelancers to do third-party work. Revenue was $520,000 in 2006 and is projected to be $6.6 million in 2009. For oDesk, the recession has spurred growth on as companies look to freelancers to cut costs.

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Microsoft, other top vendors help bring global IT skills to small business

September 23, 2009

Microsoft, other top vendors help bring global IT skills to small business

Microsoft, Yahoo, Sun and other top vendors are working to help smaller businesses access needed talent located around the world by signing agreements with firms operating online IT jobs marketplaces.

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TC50: DemoPit Winner oDesk Launches A Real-Time Work Stream For Your iPhone And Desktop

September 14, 2009

TC50: DemoPit Winner oDesk Launches A Real-Time Work Stream For Your iPhone And Desktop

oDesk captures audience recognition from the DemoPit at TC50.

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Transitioning to a Free-Lance Job

September 14, 2009

Transitioning to a Free-Lance Job

For laid-off job seekers, contract and free-lance work can be a good way to make some money. But getting free-lance work requires a different approach than a traditional job search. "It's all brand new to somebody who is used to getting a paycheck every two weeks," says Kate Lister, author of "Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home." Here's a guide on how to look for free-lance work...

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oDesk Challenge gives startups a staffing kickstart

September 14, 2009

oDesk Challenge gives startups a staffing kickstart

oDesk has launched the oDesk Challenge, a program to help young startups piece together teams of staffers quickly and efficiently. The first 20 venture-backed startups to upload their job openings to oDesk will win free, premium services from the company — making it more of a challenge for oDesk than anyone else. Account managers from the company will scour its database of 320,000 job candidates, screen resumes, conduct interviews, and select the top workers for each startup.

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In A Tight Economy, Outsourced Developers On oDesk Work 100,000 Hours A Week

August 13, 2009

In A Tight Economy, Outsourced Developers On oDesk Work 100,000 Hours A Week

In July, the hours worked on oDesk surpassed 100,000 a week for the first time, and $65 million worth of work was posted on the site.

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Get More Done for Less

August 12, 2009

Get More Done for Less

Crowdsourcing is the social media way to get things done.

Inasmuch as crowdsourcing is a modern alternative to surveys and focus groups, it's also a way to get real work done. In other words, you can source the crowd to bid on work your company needs to complete.

A super-stable player in global marketplace crowdsourcing is oDesk. This 5-year-old company is quietly stirring a revolution--one that CEO Gary Swart says is "changing how the world works."

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Outsourcing Is Not Always a Dirty Word

August 9, 2009

Outsourcing Is Not Always a Dirty Word

There's a new trend in outsourcing, and it's not overseas. One of the fastest growing destinations for outsourced jobs is right here in the United States.

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Is Freelancing Right for You?

August 6, 2009

Is Freelancing Right for You?

The perks are tempting: mid-morning jogs, hours billed from a café in Paris or from your back porch, not needing permission to skip a day to take care of a sick child. But does it make sense for you to take the plunge into freelance life?

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Outsourcing Benefits U.S. Workers, Too

August 2, 2009

Outsourcing Benefits U.S. Workers, Too

Many companies are hiring temporary and contract workers in the U.S. at a faster clip than they're sending jobs to India and other overseas locations.

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IT Staff and the Value of Remote Work

July 20, 2009

IT Staff and the Value of Remote Work

oDesk CEO Gary Swart discusses the value of remote work for buyers and providers of IT talent.

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Interview: Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk

July 20, 2009

Interview: Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk

[Video] Interview with oDesk CEO Gary Swart. Gary is a featured speaker at The China Business Network’s event on July 21, 2009 called “Doing More With Less”

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Freelancers’ Guide to Getting Paid—on Time

July 13, 2009

Freelancers’ Guide to Getting Paid—on Time

To get paid, freelance workers may have to become collections agents—especially now. As some companies struggle to pay full-time employees, freelance invoices can get easier to ignore. This article by Diana Middleton gives tips on how freelancers can increase their chances of getting the payment they deserve.

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Supercharge Your Job Search With oDesk and Facebook

June 30, 2009

Supercharge Your Job Search With oDesk and Facebook

oDesk is already a fantastic tool for freelancers and web workers, but today they’re getting even more useful. The site that connects buyers with providers is now utilizing Facebook Connect to add social utility to the work force.

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Enlisting a Global Work Force of Freelancers

June 24, 2009

Enlisting a Global Work Force of Freelancers

Small businesses increasingly are tapping a new talent pool: the world. A new generation of online service marketplaces is giving small companies more opportunities than ever to find specialized expertise and affordable labor. Main Street businesses can shop a virtual international bazaar of freelancers to recruit computer programmers in Russia, graphic designers in San Francisco or data analysts in India.

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Layoffs Are Increasing Demand for Tech Freelancers

June 22, 2009

Layoffs Are Increasing Demand for Tech Freelancers

Analysts say the fast growing demand for contract technology workers doesn't indicate that the economy is turning around - yet.

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Start-up Symbiosis

June 21, 2009

Start-up Symbiosis

Recessionary bootstrapping gets businesses to cut costs, and get creative - a B-Stock & oDesk profile.

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The Rise of the Freelance Nation

June 12, 2009

The Rise of the Freelance Nation

How to profit in the new economy: freelance work. Don't wait for the company to push you. Start thinking like an entrepreneur now!

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5 Companies That Should be on Dell's Shopping List

June 11, 2009

5 Companies That Should be on Dell's Shopping List

Since Dell keeps telling folks it wants to buy some companies, GigaOm has written out a list that Michael Dell should consult as he expands his eponymous empire.

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Avoiding Work from Home Scams

June 10, 2009

Avoiding Work from Home Scams

Q&A with Alexandra Levit, a business and workplace author and speaker. Her books include the popular "They Don't Teach Corporate in College" as well as "How'd You Score That Gig?" and "Success for Hire."

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Manpower Tries To Catch A Web Wave

June 8, 2009

Manpower Tries To Catch A Web Wave

The world's second-largest employment agency has a plan to thrive in the post-employee world.

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Work Reinvented

June 8, 2009

Work Reinvented

Becoming a virtual boss wasn't something Lisa Guertin set out to do. But like many Americans--some of them laid off and desperate, others bored and dispirited, still others forward-looking and creative--she has managed to reinvent her career.

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Top Resources for Finding Work Online

June 5, 2009

Top Resources for Finding Work Online

Within this article, you can see versions of the nationwide jobs index for large metropolitan regions, some of them hit very hard. Fortunately, there are still some good work opportunities out there for those of us who work online. Here are some top resources for finding online work.

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All-New Tips to Make Money at Home

June 2, 2009

All-New Tips to Make Money at Home

Tory Johnson's advice and Web links to find home-based job opportunities.

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5 Ways to Freelance for More Cash

May 26, 2009

5 Ways to Freelance for More Cash

Who couldn't use some money in their pockets these days? Whether you're working full-time and eager to supplement your income or you're job seeking and in need of part-time cash while searching, there are several ways to help you do just that.

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Outsourcing and offshoring in a recession more flexible, panelists say

May 26, 2009

Outsourcing and offshoring in a recession more flexible, panelists say

Forget about the bulky, long-term contracts that used to define the outsourcing and offshoring industry. The new watchword in outsourcing is "flexibility," according to this coverage of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, where enterprise CIOs, analysts, and industry executives gathered for a discussion on the state of outsourcing and offshoring in 2009.

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Find the Right Virtual Match

May 13, 2009

Find the Right Virtual Match

Finding the best freelancers or off-site employees isn't easy, and you want to be confident you're getting the services you need for the right amount of dollars. Author Lesley Spencer Pyle is the author of The Work-at-Home Workbook: Your Step-by-Step Guide on Selecting and Starting the Perfect Home Business for You. She has been working from home for more than 13 years.

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Negotiating the Freelance Economy

May 6, 2009

Negotiating the Freelance Economy

Sarah E. Needleman
Mr-SEO.com, an online marketing firm with eight employees, began using freelance help a year ago to handle tasks in Web-site development, administrative services and copywriting. The five-year-old Seattle-based company hired 17 freelancers through Odesk.com for projects that lasted as little as a few days or as long as eight months and counting. "It gives us the flexibility to expand our work force depending on client demand," says Greg Gaskill, the company's president.

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How to Survive as a Freelancer

May 6, 2009

How to Survive as a Freelancer

[Video] Interview with Sarah E. Needleman of the Wall Street Journal on Fox Business.

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Technology: Finding Freelance Programmers

May 5, 2009

Technology: Finding Freelance Programmers

Ryan Underwood
Redfern now swears by oDesk, which she recently used to find a couple of developers. For $3,000, the Russia-based team she hired helped her launch her site internationally in three months. She especially likes that oDesk allows her to keep a close eye on freelancers' work: The service captures an image of a contractor's computer screen six times an hour. Plus, she appreciates that the site allows her to use American currency, no matter where the developers live.

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Just a mouse click away

May 5, 2009

Just a mouse click away

Valerie Khoo
After placing the advertisement again, Sammartino eventually engaged the services of Vasilii Racovitsa, a coder with a PhD in computer science, based in Moldova. They have been working together ever since. "It's become an ongoing relationship," he says. "We've developed a relationship of trust . . . we had a good chemistry."

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How to Find, Hire and Manage Rockstar Copywriters

April 8, 2009

How to Find, Hire and Manage Rockstar Copywriters

Loren Baker
oDesk works in a very professional atmosphere, working almost like a matchmaking service, and helps you to interview and select the best people for your job. Then, using oDesk, you also manage your remote development team, so it pretty much has all the services you need rolled into one in terms of managing a copywriting team.

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oDesk Looks To Create Trusted Marketplace For Contractors

April 5, 2009

oDesk Looks To Create Trusted Marketplace For Contractors

David Berlind
[Video] At Web 2.0 Expo, InformationWeek's David Berlind conducts a "ReviewCam" of oDesk.com's online service for matching up technology contractors with organizations bidding out jobs. oDesk CEO Gary Swart was on-hand for the ReviewCam and says the difference between his service and others is in how trust and payment is enforced.

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In Hard Times, Freelancers Turn to the Web

March 12, 2009

In Hard Times, Freelancers Turn to the Web

Dan Fost
With oDesk handling all the invoicing and payment, some companies are shifting the contractors they already have to oDesk.

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Job loss at 25-year high

March 6, 2009

Job loss at 25-year high

Note: Link goes to video. For a transcript, click here.
Larry King

Tory Johnson: If you're good on the computer, there are several Web sites that you could go to... So think a little bit beyond what your comfort zone is and what you've been doing now.

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Freelancing: A real option

March 5, 2009

Freelancing: A real option

Cindy Krischer Goodman

Ender Korkmaz, the 24-year-old founder of Universal Environmental Products in Miami, has built an online air-conditioning sales company tapping into Odesk's remote workers all over the world for short-term graphic design, programming, and marketing jobs. "I would not have been able to find some of the talent locally," he said

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Is there anybody out there?

February 24, 2009

Is there anybody out there?

Note: Full article requires purchase.
Anneli Knight

Dr Shanton Chang, a senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne's department of information systems, says this is a new, rapidly increasing type of workforce. "There are more off-site workers than there were five years ago," Chang says. "And if you look at the general work trends there are more and more people working as independent consultants. It's the virtual space that enables that to happen."

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Web-based hiring halls filling workforce gaps

February 8, 2009

Web-based hiring halls filling workforce gaps

Tom Abate

Take Robert Einspruch, an Oakland entrepreneur who manages half a dozen Web-based contractors for two businesses... "It's about being able to scale up and scale down to fit your needs," said Einspruch, who first used oDesk, an online work platform based in Menlo Park, about 13 months ago.

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It’s not you, it’s labor market

January 14, 2009

It’s not you, it’s labor market

Michael E. Kanell

Metzger had been in corporate America, then opened and ran a cafe that lasted 2 1/2 years -- until the recession did it in. She considered a return to the corporate world, but wanted more flexibility so she could take care of her 12-year-old daughter.
Now, she is a full-time freelancer, picking up jobs mostly through California-based oDesk Corp., which runs an outsourcing Web site. “It is working out so well,” she said. “I could work more than 40 hours if I wanted.”

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Unemployment, The Economic Downturn and Web Working

January 12, 2009

Unemployment, The Economic Downturn and Web Working

Dawn Foster

4,100 working providers in December compared to 4,000 in November (growth of 2 percent) despite the fact that December is typically a slow month for starting work on new web projects.

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The All-Seeing Employer

January 7, 2009

The All-Seeing Employer

Prachi Patel-Predd

Swart says that oDesk tries to make remote work and outsourcing more effective by emulating the real world. Contractors log into a “team room,” which punches them in on an Internet “time clock.” oDesk then tracks the time and bills for it, taking care of currency conversions and international payments.

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Job seekers flood IT staffing site

December 17, 2008

Job seekers flood IT staffing site

Patrick Thibodeau

The increase may be a sign that like outsourcing, contract work may be countercyclical in a troubled economy. "We're seeing companies that are trying to do more with less," said Swart. There are now 157,000 providers, or work seekers, on the site. About a third of those are in the U.S.

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Report from AlwaysOn Venture Summit: We’re not dead yet!

December 4, 2008

Report from AlwaysOn Venture Summit: We’re not dead yet!

Dean Takahashi

Among the pitches that resonated was one from oDesk, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based company that creates a marketplace for online work teams. Its web site enables companies to hire freelance talent on demand, manage them, watch exactly how much work they do, and then pay them accordingly.

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Websites that help you chill

December 4, 2008

Websites that help you chill

Allan Hoffman

I recently decided to see how quickly I could hire someone for a discrete task, which involved assembling web-based information and formatting it in a Microsoft Word document. I decided to look for help at oDesk, a service for hiring programmers, data entry experts and other specialists from around the world.

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Home work being closely watched

November 28, 2008

Home work being closely watched

Ian Hardy
oDesk takes care of every aspect of the relationship from invoicing to international payments, and intellectual property rights to taxes. This makes it easier for companies to hire workers across borders, while providers from almost any country can to sign up, set their own hourly rate and start bidding for work.

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Learn More About the Great American Job Fair

November 13, 2008

Learn More About the Great American Job Fair

Tory Johnson
Tory Johnson helps an unemployed woman find a new job.
Link takes you to the GMA video segment. Click here for more about the GMA Great American Job Fair: Atlanta.

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World of freelance talent at oDesk's fingertips

November 7, 2008

World of freelance talent at oDesk's fingertips

William-Arthur Haynes
ODesk has created a "team room" for each company, a virtual brick and mortar place of business. This is where a contractor logs, essentially punching a time card. The oDesk platform provides the company, which hired the contractor, with a screenshot of the contractor's desktop six times an hour at random intervals.

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14 things to do if you are laid off from a tech job

October 23, 2008

14 things to do if you are laid off from a tech job

Rafe Needleman
3. Get project work. You may not have a daily gig, but you still have your skills, and there are people who need them. Head over to a project marketplace like oDesk and pick up some work.

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Ways to Snag Extra Cash in a Recession Economy

October 22, 2008

Ways to Snag Extra Cash in a Recession Economy

Tory Johnson
oDesk connects skilled professionals such as software developers, graphic designers, copywriters and sales reps with businesses that are eager to hire freelancers for project-based and hourly work. oDesk says it has seen a 16 percent increase over last month of new freelancers looking for 15 hours of work or less per week.

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Interview: oDesk’s CEO on Opportunities for Web Workers

October 16, 2008

Interview: oDesk’s CEO on Opportunities for Web Workers

Samuel Dean

oDesk is a truly global marketplace. Close to 40% of the the 10,000+ new jobs posted every month are made by non-U.S. buyers. Applying for jobs with overseas buyers is no different than applying for jobs with U.S. buyers.
With over $46 million in work delivered through our system, oDesk is experiencing explosive growth. The value of services bought and sold on oDesk has nearly tripled in each of the past two years, representing our most substantial growth period to date. 120,000+ providers from over 100 countries now offer their services on oDesk with the addition of 86,000 new providers in just 12 months. Over 50,000 jobs have been filled through oDesk at an average hourly job size of 315 hours.

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Help Wanted -- and Found

October 13, 2008

Help Wanted -- and Found

Raymund Flandez
Gary Swart, oDesk's chief executive, says his company fills several needs. "Small businesses need access to talent that's not available in their geography, and they need a flexible work force," he says.
Says Mr. Einspruch, "If you're a start-up, you have to go outside the area" for tech help, otherwise you are putting "all your eggs in one basket."

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Controversy over work from home tech

October 6, 2008

Controversy over work from home tech

Teresa Garcia
Lisa Newton does freelance data research from the privacy of her Belmont home, but she knows her client can watch what she's doing at any time.
Newton works through a Menlo Park-based, online-services marketplace called oDesk - which for a fee, connects businesses with nearly 100,000 job seekers who can provide their services via a computer.

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Talking About Working From Home

September 11, 2008

Talking About Working From Home

Marci Alboher
For the skilled knowledge worker, the free-agent market is alive and well on sites like oDesk...hirers are looking for great value without the overhead and they get to connect with someone who wants to work from home. It is very efficient.

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September 9, 2008

Work At Home Jobs

Jim Donovan, 3 On Your Side
Odesk can match you up with clients who need your services.
Robyn says they're available if "you're a graphic designer, you are a pr pro, you're a talented designer or you're a Web site developer."

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Start-Up Offers a Way to Pay Workers Abroad

August 26, 2008

Start-Up Offers a Way to Pay Workers Abroad

Claire Cain Miller
oDesk, a Web site that connects technology service providers with people who want to hire them, uses Payoneer to pay its own employees and as an option for providers on the site to get paid. One-third of them choose Payoneer - mostly people living outside the United States.
"The people outside of the United States like that it’s faster access to their money at a lower cost," said Gary Swart, oDesk’s chief executive.

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Tool Allows Employers to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

August 12, 2008

Tool Allows Employers to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers

Agatha Gilmore
They're common complaints these days: rising gas prices, a crumbling economy, a shrinking talent pool. As a result, more and more companies are looking for ways to outsource effectively, and many are struggling to find a viable solution.
Enter oDesk, an online tool that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote workers as if they were in the office. The company, started in 2004, was initially created to respond to developing economic and workplace trends, said CEO Gary Swart.

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Freelance slackers, beware: Big Brother is watching

August 11, 2008

Freelance slackers, beware: Big Brother is watching

David Leach
Among dozens of freelance-for-hire websites, oDesk.com has carved out a fast-expanding and controversial niche by allowing employers not only to contract long-distance temporary workers but also to remotely monitor them on the job.

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Find Home-Based Work Online

August 8, 2008

Find Home-Based Work Online

Tory Johnson
oDesk.com CEO Gary Swart speaks about home-based contracted work (video interview).

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Five Best Work-From-Home Jobs

August 6, 2008

Five Best Work-From-Home Jobs

Tory Johnson
Businesses are increasingly hiring home-based freelancers to perform tasks ranging from software development to writing press materials... Post your profile and take optional assessment tests to measure your skill level. Then search the job postings and place bids on the opportunities that work for you.

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No (Work) Place Like Home:  Money-Making Opportunities For At-Home Wrokers Are On The Rise

August 4, 2008

No (Work) Place Like Home: Money-Making Opportunities For At-Home Wrokers Are On The Rise

Tory Johnson
Businesses are increasingly hiring individuals off-site to perform tasks ranging from coding Web sites to writing press materials, offering many opportunities for stay-at-homers... she's not failing to appreciate what she calls the best thing about her new work - being able to do it from her Upper West Side apartment.
"I get to roll out of bed and start working," she says.

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Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching

July 30, 2008

Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching

Sue Shellenbarger

One oDesk buyer, Juliana Carroll, a Manhattan financial-services consultant, says she has saved as much as 25% using oDesk freelancers because they turn out more work faster than contractors she has found on her own.

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Web Sites for At-Home Jobs

July 10, 2008

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Web Sites for At-Home Jobs

Sue Shellenbarger

One exceptional success story comes from Arron Washington, 24 years old, a Hinesville, Ga., programmer who dropped out of college after realizing he could make as much as $60,000 a year on oDesk.com. "The offers just kept pouring in," he says.

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Il lavoro interinale sul web "Assumi, gestisci e poi paghi"

July 4, 2008

Il lavoro interinale sul web "Assumi, gestisci e poi paghi"

Il meccanismo di Odesk è semplice, e le funzionalità che datori di lavoro e liberi professionisti hanno a disposizione stanno rivoluzionando il modo di reclutare free lance, informatici, grafici e in genere chi lavora per il Web. [Story written in Italian]
Read the original article in Italian or the English translation from Google.

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oDesk the Answer to Wall Street Journal Reader's Question

June 25, 2008

oDesk the Answer to Wall Street Journal Reader's Question

Sue Shellenbarger

Work & Family Mailbox columnist Sue Shellenbarger answers reader's question about work-at-home opportunities for a retired information-technology specialist. (below the fold - scroll down to the day's second question).

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oDesk CEO Gary Swart at Structure 08

June 25, 2008

oDesk CEO Gary Swart at Structure 08

oDesk CEO, Gary Swart, was interviewed at the Structure 08 conference hosted by GigaOM.

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Gas gouged? Try telecommuting

May 11, 2008

Gas gouged? Try telecommuting

Eve Tahmincioglu
As companies try to keep wages down in this economy, it's harder for managers to argue against telecommuting as they see their employees and themselves hammered by escalating fuel prices.

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Outsource (Most) Any White Collar Work

March 27, 2008

Outsource (Most) Any White Collar Work

Phil Leigh

If you would like to learn how to hire remote part-time white collar workers and manage them effectively over the Internet, this interview is for you.

Podcast Interview with oDesk CEO Gary Swart

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oDesk Has a Deal for Freelancers

February 25, 2008

oDesk Has a Deal for Freelancers

Mike Gunderloy

oDesk is a different sort of market for freelance developers, designers, and others. By focusing on some extra features, they've positioned oDesk as a place where both hourly rates and overall job sizes are somewhat larger than the industry average (you can check out their oConomy community site for some aggregate information on jobs and rates). To do this, they add things for both buyers and sellers.

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SIIA Announces 2008 Codie Awards Finalists

February 12, 2008

SIIA Announces 2008 Codie Awards Finalists

Established in 1986, the Codie Awards recognize 68 categories of outstanding products and services in the software, digital information and education technology industries. This year's 340 finalists represent an impressive array of technology and business excellence and success.

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oConomy offers an easy way to see outsourcing statistics

February 8, 2008

oConomy offers an easy way to see outsourcing statistics

Anthony Ha

oDesk says it's helped companies outsource more than 1.6 million hours of work completed by more than 47,000 providers in more than 90 countries. And through oConomy, the company is giving the public a chance to browse through data about all of those jobs.

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A Look At Outsourcing Through oDesk's Eyes

February 6, 2008

A Look At Outsourcing Through oDesk's Eyes

Mark Hendrickson

oDesk has just released a new part of their site called the oConomy where anyone can view statistics about the outsourcing activity on oDesk.

Features include the ability to view average working rates, among other data about providers, from around the world on a Google map. You can also view an up-to-the-second metric of how much money has been spent on outsourced projects, as well as graphs of how rates and quality vary over time and providers.

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CVSDude to Grease oDesk's Outsourcing Wheels

February 4, 2008

CVSDude to Grease oDesk's Outsourcing Wheels

Mark Hendrickson

These two companies are a natural fit for one other. Whereas oDesk helps developers from all over the world find clients, and vice versa, CVSDude provides tools that help developers collaborate with each other and share their work with clients. In particular, CVSDude hosts version control systems that enable developers, perhaps located continents apart, to work on the same set of code without having to worry about redundancy and conflicts.

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oDesk's Facebook Developer Aptitude Test

September 10, 2007

oDesk's Facebook Developer Aptitude Test

Michael Arrington

oDesk, a next generation marketplace for contract developers, has recently seen a spike in requests for Facebook developers.

oDesk offers developers a number of aptitude tests to certify their programming skills in various areas. They've now added a Facebook aptitude test as well. Companies can now sort through developers based on their skill level in creating Facebook applications.

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Entrepreneur profile: Odysseas Tsatalos

July 13, 2007

Entrepreneur profile: Odysseas Tsatalos

Elizabeth Browne

What oDesk does: Enables buyers of services to hire, manage and pay technology service providers from around the world.

Reason for starting business: To allow people to work directly and be able to pick the place they live.

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Online Market places: Every Minute Counts

June 18, 2007

Online Market places: Every Minute Counts

Amishi Shah

Online marketplaces have traditionally been places for small and medium buyers to obtain services from small and medium entrepreneurs. But Gary Swart, CEO, oDesk feels differently and expresses, "We are getting noticed by bigger players like Motorola and Sandisk. Motorola needed AJAX programmers in Chicago, who they found through our website."

Another change Swart is seeing in the online marketplace area is that buyers are increasingly looking at the time-based work model than agreeing to work for the fixed-price model. "Buyers opt for this as it offers greater flexibility and they have to pay only for the real time that providers work. Through this, both sides are building better and long-term relations."

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Outsourcing the eBay way: Web sites match users, contract programmers

June 14, 2007

Outsourcing the eBay way: Web sites match users, contract programmers

Patrick Thibodeau

Global job-matching services such as one offered by Menlo Park, Calif.-based oDesk Corp. are showing that companies of any size can hire offshore IT talent to work on projects.

Aaron Smith operates a small company in Corinth, Texas. He has been using oDesk's online service to find development help and said he works most closely with a programmer in Russia who is paid $15 per hour. A U.S.-based programmer doing similar work would expect hourly rates of $60 to $120, Smith said. Without access to the global talent pool, "we would still be in business, but our software would be far more limited than what it is," he added. "Outsourcing gives us a chance to compete."

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Bangalore Tigers: The Rise of India's Tech Industry

June 7, 2007

Bangalore Tigers: The Rise of India's Tech Industry

Steve Hamm

oDesk, of Menlo Park, has taken the eBay idea and applied it to tech services. At last, industrial-strength off-shoring from the little guy to the little guy.

oDesk also has some attributes that help it stand out from the pack. It's not just a middleman where service providers and clients find each other. Additionally, the company provides a technology infrastructure that enables sellers and buyers of services to establish long-term relationships with one another. oDesk keeps tracks of hours worked and handles billing and paying. And, so buyers are assured that they're getting what they're paying for.

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oDesk: job search meets the online exchange

May 4, 2007

oDesk: job search meets the online exchange

Ephraim Schwartz

Not just an online employment service, oDesk is a virtual environment for contract workers and their employers with collaboration tools, a time clock, and monitoring features

CEO Gary Swart describes oDesk as a global marketplace that lets employers hire, manage, and pay at globally competitive rates software developers, designers, and programmers.

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Small is the new big?

May 4, 2007

Small is the new big?

Om Malik

A wave of tech-enabled shops finally delivers on all the Web 2.0 hype

Drive your labor costs with oDesk, which makes it easy to find talented programmers on the cheap.

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Red Herring interview: Gary Swart, oDesk

April 24, 2007

Red Herring interview: Gary Swart, oDesk

Sean Wolfe

Need software writers for hire? oDesk runs a global marketplace that lets employers hire, manage and pay technical workers such as software developers, graphic artists, and technical writers. Employers search for workers within the oDesk marketplace based on skills, work history, employer ratings, and pay, and then build virtual teams. oDesk handles billing and payments and supplies collaboration tools. oDesk continues its efforts to improve tools that track jobs and knit together virtual workers from India to Russia ever more closely with the home office.

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oDesk adds fixed-price option to its gig marketplace

April 16, 2007

oDesk adds fixed-price option to its gig marketplace

Rafe Needleman

The online service marketplace oDesk has just added the capability for buyers to spec fixed-price jobs. Previously, all oDesk contracts were hourly.

"The problem with the fixed price market is that it's not sticky," oDesk CEO Gary Swart told me. Many business relationships that start with one-price jobs evolve into working relationships where the pay is based on the time put in. Swart maintains that competing marketplaces don't foster (or let you manage) that changing relationship; and likewise, until now, oDesk wasn't able to kick off relationships that were best started as single gigs.

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Matching Developers with Hirers

April 16, 2007

Matching Developers with Hirers

Darryl K. Taft

There is no question that many companies that require IT support find it hard to locate sufficient talent in their local market. And many developers find it hard to get work in the regions where they live.

That's where oDesk comes in. oDesk is a great equalizer, a matchmaker, if you will. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based online marketplace allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote technical workers around the world.

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$10 Million Spent To Date On oDesk OutSourcing Projects

April 12, 2007

$10 Million Spent To Date On oDesk OutSourcing Projects

Michael Arrington

Silicon Valley based oDesk, which is a marketplace for developers and companies looking for outsourced developer help, seems to be sailing along nicely. Next week they'll announce that $10 million has been spent on outsourced projects to date, and they have 750,000 or so total billed hours. That's up 50% from last November, when we reported that they had reached 500,000 billed hours. oDesk keeps a flat 10% of fees.

Until recently oDesk only allowed projects to be priced on an hourly basis. Two weeks ago they launched fixed price jobs as well, which is something many comments here requested in our previous posts about them. After a month of quiet beta testing, 750 jobs were posted at a fixed price, with an average price of around $500.

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Red Herring reveals companies selected for The Red Herring 100 North America 2007

April 4, 2007

Red Herring reveals companies selected for The Red Herring 100 North America 2007

Award Recognizes the 100 "Most Promising" Companies Driving the Future of Technology

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Red Herring reveals winners of The Red Herring 100 Spring 2007

April 4, 2007

Red Herring reveals winners of The Red Herring 100 Spring 2007

Award Recognizes the 100 "Most Promising" Companies Driving the Future of Technology

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Follow the talent

January 15, 2007

Follow the talent

Elizabeth Corcoran

Sosa-Pascual is intrigued by professional networking ventures... That drew him to oDesk, which is serving as a clearing house for engineering talent around the globe.

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Swimming in the Global Talent Pool

January 15, 2007

Swimming in the Global Talent Pool

Mary Brandel

Jeff Kiiza would never have imagined that he'd be writing code in Perl, PHP/MySQL and AJAX for companies in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Spain - and that he'd be doing it from his home in Cordoba, Argentina.

Hemang Dani is pretty amazed that in the past six months, he has boosted his income to $5,000 per month by working for companies in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Australia. Dani's projects range from coding "shopping carts" and enabling credit-card processing on Web sites to managing portals as a webmaster.

Dani and Kiiza have jumped with both feet into the global talent pool. Both [work for] Menlo Park, Calif.-based oDesk Corp.'s online marketplace, which links programmers with businesses that need their services.

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Help is at your fingertips

November 28, 2006

Help is at your fingertips

Mark Stachiew

Bids on oDesk. Contractors vie to fulfill your technical needs.
Whether you need a .NET developer, an Access whiz or a technical writer, oDesk has a pool of thousands of technical contractors from around the world who can do the job for you for a reasonable fee.

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Fishing in the Global Talent Pool

November 20, 2006

Fishing in the Global Talent Pool

Mary Brandel

Thanks to employee referrals, in- country recruiting firms, global job boards such as Monster.com and Jobster, sophisticated corporate Web recruiting sites and online programmer "marketplaces" like RentACoder.com or oDesk, there are more ways than ever before to communicate and collaborate with skilled individuals who happen to live overseas.

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oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

November 19, 2006

oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

Michael Arrington

It is our opinion that oDesk fills an important niche in the startup world - helping companies find outsourced development help for projects. This is a service that we've used ourselves and plan on using again.

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TechCrunch Site makes Arrington a power broker

November 3, 2006

TechCrunch Site makes Arrington a power broker

Rebecca Buckman and Vauhini Vara

oDesk Corp., which brokers jobs between computer programmers and companies, says a September write-up on TechCrunch snared five times as many new customers for the company as a BusinessWeek article earlier in the year. When oDesk got funding in September from venture-capital firms, it gave Mr. Arrington -- and a few other bloggers -- the scoop. TechCrunch "has been amazing to help us get visibility," says Jason Chicola, oDesk's marketing director.

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oDesk, marketplace for developers, raises $8 million

September 27, 2006

oDesk, marketplace for developers, raises $8 million

Matt Marshall

oDesk is a start-up that provides a marketplace for companies to hire developers online and then keep near unprecedented control over them remotely.

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Small-Business Awards by PC Magazine: Outsourcing Finalists

September 27, 2006

Small-Business Awards by PC Magazine: Outsourcing Finalists

John R. Quain

"Don't be afraid to try different things - just monitor the results."

oDesk's largely open-source-based platform includes online team rooms that allow clients and hourly employees to check in, collaborate, and monitor work projects.

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oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

September 27, 2006

oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

Nik Cubrilovic

At the recent Future of Web Apps conference in San Francisco, Michael Arrington (the editor of Techcrunch) listed oDesk amongst a group of companies that are "ones to watch". We are bullish about oDesk's prospects, not only because of the rising demand for good providers but also because of their approach to connecting and managing the relationship between providers and customers.

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oDesk Provides On-demand Skills

September 8, 2006

oDesk Provides On-demand Skills

Nik Cubrilovic

My startup Omnidrive first found oDesk when we needed to find contract C++ development skills to work on a project. At first look, it appears just like one of many other portals and marketplaces that assist project managers to find talent - but upon close inspection oDesk has distinct advantages that make it one of the best and easiest ways to find employee's on-demand.

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oDesk emerges with $6M

May 5, 2006

oDesk emerges with $6M

Paul Bonanos

The recruitment and management service raised its money primarily from Sigma Partners and Globespan Capital Partners.

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Homeshoring: Beyond Call Centers

May 2, 2006

Homeshoring: Beyond Call Centers

Sarah Lacy

Part of oDesk's appeal is that it's not just matching those looking for work with those who have it, but also helping employers overcome one of the biggest challenges they face when hiring remote contractors: trust.

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Startup That Manages Home-Workers Launches

May 2, 2006

Startup That Manages Home-Workers Launches

A startup called oDesk, which has been in beta for 2 years, has just launched today. It provides a match-making service for home jobs and then uses screen grabs and web cams to prove to employers that work is being done.

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An inside look at outsourcing via oDesk

April 10, 2006

An inside look at outsourcing via oDesk

Dave Rosenberg

Sarah Lacy told me about oDesk a few weeks ago but I haven't had time to check it out until now. While my initial assumption was some kind of Irish IT company (get it? O'desk?) its actually an online marketplace for offshore development talent where engineers/developers/etc can post their rates along with their credentials to take on your offshore work. And people with needs can post jobs for developers to apply to.

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Virtual Extended Staffing with a Major Twist

February 20, 2006

Virtual Extended Staffing with a Major Twist

Dian Schaffhauser

I just learned about a company that provides online access to developers and other technical talent -- both domestic and offshore. Before you say, "Oh, that's what Elance does..." hear me out.
This Sunnyvale, CA firm -- oDesk -- offers clients not just access to talent, but also access to a tool that I haven't seen at other freelance help sites.

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November 8, 2011

oDesk University Program Trains Next Generation of Online Workers

oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, today announced that it has launched the industry’s first international university program, engaging colleges and universities around the world in training the next generation of highly-skilled online workers. Through the new oDesk University Program, which includes University Seminars and an extended Apprentice Program, students will learn the essentials of building a career online--key to success in today’s global economy.

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October 14, 2011

Online Work Encourages Productivity, Fits Modern Market Demands

The recent recession has made it critical for American businesses to maintain high levels of productivity, and--according to oDesk’s monthly Online Employment Report--employers are achieving a competitive edge by leveraging online work. In order to respond to fluctuating demand, companies are using online staff to adapt and scale their workforce in real-time, with limited budgets and resources.

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October 12, 2011

oDesk Powers X.commerce Directory for E-commerce Developers

oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform, today announces a partnership with X.commerce, the new open source e-commerce platform launched today via a joint effort between eBay, PayPal and Magento.

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September 29, 2011

Jaleh Bisharat Joins oDesk as Vice President of Marketing

oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform, announced today that Jaleh Bisharat has joined the company as vice president of marketing. Bisharat, an internet marketing veteran, will spearhead marketing strategy and operations. She will also oversee product and brand marketing, communications, customer insight, lead generation and acquisition.

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September 13, 2011

oDesk Makes $1M Commitment to Startup America

oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform, announced today that it has committed $1M to support startups and entrepreneurs across the country. With this pledge, oDesk has answered the White House’s call to promote high-growth entrepreneurship and job growth, along with a coalition of industry leaders, including Facebook, Google, Intuit, Intel, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and many others.

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August 3, 2011

Online Work Replacing Full-Time Employment

The Great Recession has put many businesses into an evolve-or-die situation. Between a national 9.2 percent unemployment rate, increased difficulty obtaining business funding, and international competition, businesses around the world are seeking new competitive advantages beyond traditional models. Faced with locating, hiring and retaining quality employees in this environment, many companies are relying on alternative recruitment channels not only to sustain their business, but to thrive—and workers are considering contract and remote work as their go-to source for full-time employment.

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July 8, 2011

Work Opportunities on the Rise This Summer, Opportunities More Than Double Year-over-Year

Summer is traditionally associated with vacations and downtime, but the June 2011 “Online Employment Report” from leading online employment platform oDesk states that workers around the world were busier than ever. In fact, 1.25 million online contractors are working nearly twice the number of hours than they did last June.

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June 28, 2011

The Evolution of Employment: From Free Agent Nation to On-Demand Distributed Workforce

Businesses and contractors are thriving — and 9-to-5 employment has nothing to do with it. While national unemployment rates remain frustratingly high and traditional staffing firms are touting a global “employment crisis,” a recent survey by oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform, shows encouraging trends of a new employment paradigm, and a significant shift in how businesses and workers are succeeding worldwide.

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June 27, 2011

Twilio Partners with oDesk to Connect Developers and Projects

Twilio (http://www.twilio.com/), the leader in enabling developers to build powerful voice and SMS applications, today announces a partnership with oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing online employment platform. The partnership extends Twilio’s Developer Connect program and makes it easier than ever for members of the Twilio developer community to find contract software development work. oDesk has created an official Twilio group that connects project owners with Twilio’s community of more than 40,000 developers.

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June 15, 2011

concrete5 CMS + oDesk Expertise = Easy Web Content Management for Businesses

concrete5, a rapidly growing open source content management system, has teamed up with leading global employment platform oDesk to help its community connect with expert developers and designers.

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June 3, 2011

Demand for Online Technology, Writing Heat Up Summer Jobs

As summer heats up, job demand isn't slowing down. Finding the perfect summer job isn’t limited to life-guarding at the local pool, it’s about knowing where to look online, and diving into the global talent pool.

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May 13, 2011

oDesk Named Top Startup at TiEcon 2011

oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform, today announced that it has been chosen as a winner of the TiE50 Award which recognizes innovative and impactful startups.

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February 15, 2011

2011 Ushers in New World of Work: Businesses Grow Using Long-Term Contractors

Small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are using remote contract workers in record numbers as part of core growth and staffing strategies, according to the SMB Trend Report released today by oDesk. The SMB Trend Report looks at how small-to-medium sized companies leverage today's borderless economy to tap into a worldwide contractor workforce to fill strategic roles and grow their businesses.

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February 2, 2011

The Heart of America is Hard at Work -- Online

oDesk today announced findings from the January "Online Employment Report,” a monthly analysis on the state of the online workforce, including in-demand skills, growth in jobs and upcoming workforce trends. According to the report, small towns are outperforming their big-city counterparts in online work activity and number of hours worked per contractor.

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January 4, 2011

In 2010, Online Employment Surges While Local Hiring Stagnates

oDesk today announced findings from the December Online Employment Report, a monthly analysis on the state of the online workforce, including in-demand skills, growth in jobs and upcoming workforce trends. According to the report, demand for online work held steady in December, maintaining 103% growth year-over-year and outstripping slow hiring seen in local jobs. Over the past year, through oDesk, online workers have earned more than $115M, an amount which is expected to double in 2011.

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December 8, 2010

oDesk Reports 102 Percent Growth in Online Employment; Outlook Impressive for 2011 and Beyond

oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform, today announced findings from the recent “Online Employment Report: Year in Review and 2011 Predictions.” According to the report, online work exploded in 2010, jumping 102 percent over the past year, and is expected to double year-over-year into 2011 and beyond, vastly eclipsing growth in local employment opportunities. The findings also showed a remarkable surge in demand for online workers with expertise in social media and mobile fields, specifically Facebook, Android and iPhone application development.

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September 7, 2010

oDesk Surpasses 1 Million Hours per Month

In honor of Labor Day, oDesk, the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform, has announced that more than 1 million hours were worked online through the site during the month of August. This milestone marks an increase in hours worked of 118% over the same period last year.

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July 28, 2010

oDesk Appoints Nilesh Lakhani as CFO

oDesk today announced that Nilesh Lakhani has joined the company as CFO. Lakhani is joining oDesk at a time when the platform for online employment is enjoying explosive growth, and thousands of new companies each month are adopting it to hire, manage, and pay a high-quality global contract workforce.

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June 15, 2010

oDesk Makes Quality Health Insurance Available to Contractors, Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs

Starting today, oDesk, which connects employers with contractors globally, is making health insurance available to contractors, entrepreneurs, job seekers and anybody looking for an alternative to expiring COBRA benefits or costly individual plans.

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June 4, 2010

Contract Employment Opportunities Increase by 8% in May 2010

oDesk has released online work figures for May 2010, to coincide with the Employment Situation Summary for May 2010 published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Online work on oDesk, a marketplace that connects 590,000 contractors with employers at thousands of companies worldwide, increased 8 percent over April 2010, marking a fourth straight month of increasing online employment.

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January 28, 2010

Build a Virtual Office on Your Desktop with oDesk Team

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the general availability of the award-winning oDesk Team application. This update brings oDesk's online office management capabilities fully to the desktop - giving users a centralized virtual office where remote, distributed team members can work together online.

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December 14, 2009

oDesk Provides Access to Full-time Benefits for Freelance Workers

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online work, today announced the availability of oDesk Staffing , a new option for freelance workers and small businesses that brings together the benefits of full-time employment with the flexibility of freelance work. oDesk Staffing gives U.S.-based freelancers access to a wide range of group health coverage options, retirement plans and education savings accounts, in addition to the automatic billing and guaranteed payment of oDesk. Through the new service, businesses can take advantage of oDesk's guaranteed accurate billing and overall savings on contractor hiring costs, while maintaining compliance with IRS regulations involving a broad range of contract work scenarios.

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September 30, 2009

oDesk Launches iPhone Application and API Center

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the availability of the oDesk iPhone Application which allows users to manage their online workteams in real-time, with greater control and flexibility, from anywhere in the world.

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September 14, 2009

oDesk Challenge Helps Venture-Backed Startups Get Started

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the oDesk Challenge - a special offer to help venture-backed startups get started building and managing online workteams.

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September 3, 2009

oDesk Users Tweet Sweet Online Work Opportunities

oDesk announces the availability of Share on Twitter for oDesk users. By integrating with Twitter, oDesk enables its users worldwide to tap into their network of Twitter followers for important work connections.

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August 13, 2009

oDesk's July Results: $65 Million Worth of Job Opportunities

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, oday announced its July 2009 results, including a record-setting amount of work posted on the site and a sharp increase in the amount of verified work completed through oDesk's system.

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August 12, 2009

oDesk Ranks No. 110 on the 2009 Inc. 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 1,470%

Inc. Magazine today ranked oDesk at 110 on its 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft (MSFT), Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, American Apparel, Oracle, and hundreds of other powerhouses gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

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July 9, 2009

oDesk Launches Marketplace for Talented Facebook® Connect and Facebook Application Developers

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the formation of the Facebook Group on oDesk. The Facebook Group on oDesk is a specialty marketplace dedicated to connecting verified Facebook Platform developers with companies interested in developing applications on Facebook or implementing Facebook Connect on their Website or device. Developers who pass the Facebook-approved qualification test on oDesk are eligible to join the Facebook Group, enhancing their online reputation and giving them access to exclusive job opportunities.

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June 30, 2009

oDesk Enables Online Work Opportunities via Facebook® Connect

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the availability of Facebook Connect for oDesk registered buyers and providers. By integrating with Facebook Connect, oDesk enables its users worldwide to tap their social graph of Facebook friends to source candidates for jobs posted on oDesk, promote their own work skills, and create a verifiable online work presence.

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June 11, 2009

oDesk Community Recognizes its Best Freelance Designers, Software Developers, Web Developers, Writers, and Virtual Assistants

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, today announced the first results in an ongoing "best provider" recognition program. Every month, oDesk will rank 25 leading freelance providers from around the world in its five top job categories: designers, software developers, web developers, writers, and virtual assistants.

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June 5, 2009

Hourly Rates for U.S. Freelance Software Developers Up 35% in 2009

A study of freelance software developers reveals a sharp increase in hourly rates for US-based talent, up 35% from 2008. Findings are based on analysis of over 1,800 software development assignments over the last 12 months. The study was conducted by oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams. Analysis also reveals increased rates in the Ukraine (21%), Pakistan (10%), and Russia (3%). Developers in Canada, Philippines, U.K., and Bolivia saw hourly rates dip by 10% or more.

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May 13, 2009

oDesk Launches oDesk Groups; Announces Partnerships with Yahoo!, Network Solutions®, and more

oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, has announced the launch of oDesk Groups and eleven initial launch partners. Each group is a marketplace sponsored by a partner organization that focuses on a specific language, skill, certification, or interest. Group members consist of service companies or professional contractors that are specialized in the partner’s technology and meet the partner’s membership criteria.

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May 6, 2009

Jobs Report News: U.K., Australia, and Canada Outsource More Jobs to U.S. Workers

Within the last year, outsourcing to U.S.-based workers has increased 367%, according to oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams. The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and Spain have shown the largest increase in foreign country outsourcing to the U.S. The most in-demand job categories sought by offshore buyers include freelance web developers, virtual assistants, and freelance writers.

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April 22, 2009

Earth Day News: Silicon Valley Company oDesk reduces CO2 Emissions by 8,300 tons per year

In celebration of Earth Day, oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, announced that they are sparing the environment 8,327 tons of CO2 annually by enabling workers to go green as they work-from-home and cut their daily commutes. Findings are based on 10,693 contractors who have used oDesk to work 2,767,209 hours from home last year.

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April 15, 2009

Freelance writing jobs grew 500% in past year, according to oDesk

oDesk released data showing freelance writers enjoyed 500 percent demand growth in the past year for their skills. Freelance writing jobs include: technical writing, business writing, blog and article writing, editing and translation services. oDesk data is drawn from thousands of small to medium-sized businesses that use its platform to hire, manage and pay service professionals around the world.

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March 24, 2009

oDesk Report Shows Companies Will Increase Use Of Contractors During Recession

In a survey of 600 buyers of remote services and 350 service providers, oDesk found that companies already using its platform to hire, manage, and pay remote contractors plan to increase their usage in the current recession. At the same time, service providers say oDesk is a viable way to make a living as an alternative to full-time employment. The survey follows the company’s recent reports on the freelance economy and homeshoring.

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February 25, 2009

oDesk reports demand for iPhone application development passes Facebook

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, announced that demand for Apple iPhone programmers has surpassed demand for Facebook developers. iPhone jobs now outnumber Facebook jobs by a 5-3 ratio, and iPhone job growth is accelerating more quickly.

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February 18, 2009

oDesk reports on freelance economy in current recession

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, reports on the state of the freelance economy. According to TechCrunch, tech layoffs have surged to over 300,000. Yet, despite these layoffs work still needs to be done. To thrive in bad times, smart companies are increasingly outsourcing tech jobs to freelance web developers and software programmers. During the economic crisis of 2008, outsourcing on oDesk nearly tripled.

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February 3, 2009

Growth in Homeshoring dominates U.S. Outsourcing

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, reports that US buyers are increasingly homeshoring, or outsourcing software and web development work to highly-qualified freelance professionals based in the U.S. Work done in the U.S. has grown at a rate of 367% from 2007 to 2008, nearly 50% faster than oDesk’s rate of growth.

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January 15, 2009

oDesk reports major trends in 2008 freelance job market

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams, has compiled and analyzed data from over 100,000 freelance jobs posted in 2008. The findings, which show the most critical skills to stay employed, are summarized in the three reports below.

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oDesk Named "Red Herring 100 Global" Finalist

January 5, 2009

oDesk Named "Red Herring 100 Global" Finalist

oDesk, today announced that it has been selected as a Finalist of the Red Herring 100 Global Award. Red Herring 100 winners and finalists from North America, Europe and Asia of the last three years are eligible for this coveted award. The Red Herring editorial team deploys a detailed process to whittle down a pool of 600 eligible, promising companies to the 200 finalists of this global award. Evaluations are made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The finalists, elite executives and venture capital leaders will celebrate the Top 100 Privately Held Companies from around the world in San Diego from January 14-16, 2009.

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December 12, 2008

oDesk data reveals offshore outsourcing statistics for 7 countries

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams for employers outsourcing technology jobs to certified, freelance developers and programmers, announced new data that highlights the leading countries for offshore outsourcing as well as homeshoring.

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November 25, 2008

oDesk Launches First Manifesto for Online Work

oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams, today released their Manifesto for Online Work. The company, which makes remote work relationships as reliable and open as working in the same physical office, is the first to offer a manifesto for online work. The goal of the Manifesto is to demonstrate that online work is just as viable as traditional work – and in fact, that oDesk has developed the best business model for both buyers and providers. oDesk is the only company to offer guaranteed payment to providers and guaranteed work to buyers. The Manifesto is a declaration to professionals who sell their services through the Internet marketplace and the companies that hire them: Don't settle for less than you deserve.

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November 17, 2008

oDesk says PHP development outstrips demand for all other programming skills

oDesk, the leading marketplace for online workteams with over 50,000 certified, freelance, Open Source developers and programmers, announced that demand for PHP software development far outweighs demand for all other computer software programming job skills.

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oDesk Named Rising Star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program for Silicon Valley

October 31, 2008

oDesk Named Rising Star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program for Silicon Valley

oDesk has been named a Rising Star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 program for Silicon Valley. The Rising Star award is a special designation for fast-growth companies that have been in business a minimum of three years, and is part of the Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 program. Rising Star rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over three years (2005-2007). This year’s Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 program is co-presented by Deloitte, Silicon Valley Bank, Korn/Ferry International, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Cornish & Carey Client Solutions, and ABD Insurance and Financial Services - A Wells Fargo Company.

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October 28, 2008

oDesk says demand for Apple iPhone App Developer Jobs up 500%

oDesk, the leading marketplace and global IT platform for outsourcing technology jobs to certified, freelance, Apple™ iPhone developers, announced that demand for iPhone programming jobs has skyrocketed by 500% over the past six months.

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September 25, 2008

oDesk Achieves 3X Growth in 12 Months

oDesk, the marketplace and management platform for remote work, today announced continued momentum and record growth. oDesk enables companies of all sizes to hire, manage and pay highly skilled remote workers.

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Apisphere to Work with oDesk to Easily Integrate Location-Awareness Capabilities into Mobile Applications

July 22, 2008

Apisphere to Work with oDesk to Easily Integrate Location-Awareness Capabilities into Mobile Applications

Apisphere, Inc. http://www.apisphere.com, a leading provider of location-awareness services for mobile business applications, today announced it has partnered with oDesk, the leading marketplace and management platform for technical work, to provide Apisphere's customers with professional services to support the quick and efficient integration of its Geo-Enabled Mobility (GEM) platform in mobile applications.

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June 4, 2008

oDesk Secures $15 Million In Series C Funding

oDesk, the leading marketplace and management platform for technical work, today announced it has secured $15 million in Series C financing. DAG Ventures led the round. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners and Sigma Partners also participated.

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February 7, 2008

oDesk 'oConomy' Offers Unprecedented Data on Pay Rates, Job Performance of Remote Workers

Today oDesk (http://www.odesk.com/w), a leading staffing marketplace and management platform that helps companies hire, manage, and pay remote technology workers, announced the launch of the oConomy (http://www.odesk.com/community/oconomy), a rich database of information that exposes hourly wages, technical skills and feedback ratings for the global oDesk workforce. The company also announced that a record $22.5 million has been spent on technology projects through the company's marketplace.

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CVSDude and oDesk Team Up to Drive Software Development Success

January 31, 2008

CVSDude and oDesk Team Up to Drive Software Development Success

CVSDude, a leading provider of hosted open-source development tools including Subversion (SVN), has teamed up with oDesk, a leading online staffing marketplace and work platform, to offer fast-growing software companies access to talented technical professionals and tools that enable faster delivery and higher-quality software products at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

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Red Herring Releases List of Finalists for the "Red Herring 100 Global" Awards 2007

November 13, 2007

Red Herring Releases List of Finalists for the "Red Herring 100 Global" Awards 2007

The Most Promising Private Technology Ventures in the World to be Celebrated at Event in Seattle, Washington.

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November 7, 2007

oDesk CEO to Discuss the Future of Hiring on Nationally Syndicated Radio Program

This coming Sunday, November 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, oDesk CEO Gary Swart will discuss the future of hiring on The CEO Show with Robert Reiss.

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October 27, 2007

oDesk Named Rising Star in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 Program

oDesk, an online marketplace that helps companies hire, manage and pay remote technology workers around the world, has been named a Rising Star on Deloitte's 2007 Technology Fast 500.

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October 4, 2007

oDesk Offers $50 Commission For New Businesses, Software Developers Referred to its Job Marketplace

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that helps companies hire, manage and pay remote technology workers around the world, announced a referral program in which oDesk users will be paid $50 for reach new member they refer to oDesk who completes $1,000 worth of work. The referral program is designed to reward members for bringing new, high-quality professionals to oDesk and encourage a strong and trusted work community.

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September 18, 2007

oDesk Sets the Standard of Excellence

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that helps companies hire, manage and pay remote technical workers around the world, announced that it has received the Standard of Excellence Award in the Professional Services category from the International WebAwards.

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September 11, 2007

oDesk Releases Facebook Development Skills Test for Remote Software Developers

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that helps companies hire, manage and pay remote technology workers around the world, released a Facebook development skills test to help businesses hire the most skilled Facebook application developers to build cool, new widgets and applications for the popular social networking site.

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August 16, 2007

oDesk Launches New Billing and Payment Center to Simplify On-Demand Workforce Management

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), n online marketplace that helps companies hire, manage and pay remote workers around the world, announced a new billing and payment center that will make managing remote work relationships easier than ever.

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April 30, 2007

oDesk Expands Provider Payment Options with Payoneer and the oDesk Debit MasterCard ®

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote technical workers around the world, announced that oDesk providers can now sign up to receive an oDesk prepaid Debit MasterCard to access their earnings from anywhere in the world.

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April 16, 2007

Record $10 Million Spent on Outsourced Technology Projects Through oDesk's Global Software Development Marketplace

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote technical workers around the world, announced that a record ten million dollars has been spent on outsourced technology projects through the company’s global job marketplace. Thousands of companies across the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia and other countries have used oDesk to hire from more than 10,000 tested, rated technology professionals from all over the world.

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March 26, 2007

oDesk Adds Fixed-Price Jobs to Global Software Development Marketplace

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote technical workers around the world, announced the addition of a fixed-price option to its current hourly pay structure. The new fixed-price option, currently in public beta, gives more flexibility to buyers and service providers for setting their rates and allows for optimal pricing in the remote work marketplace. oDesk is the first and only job marketplace that allows both fixed-price and hourly pay options.

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November 27, 2006

Strong Growth Enables oDesk to Slash Fees Nearly 60%

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace and platform for managing remote work, announced that it was lowering its transaction fee from 23% to 10%, citing improved operational efficiency, increased customer adoption, and revenue growth as key enablers.

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November 7, 2006

oDesk Rolls Out Free Skills Testing for Software Developers

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace and platform for managing remote work, announced the production rollout of oDesk Online Testing (www.oDesk.com/tests), a free skills testing service for programmers and hi-tech professionals. The new service offers over a hundred assessment tests for popular programming languages and technology skills such as Ajax, PHP, MySQL, .NET, Java, and XML. Launched in beta earlier this summer, the service is now available in production and will be highlighted at the Web 2.0 Conference this week in San Francisco.

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November 7, 2006

oDesk and O'Reilly Partner on Globalization Mashup for Tech Skills, Rates

Today oDesk (www.oDesk.com), an online marketplace for remote work, and O'Reilly Media announced a partnership to publish data and trends on the economics of the global programming workforce. An early beta version of the "oDesk Economy" website (beta.oDesk.com/economy) will be demonstrated at the Web 2.0 Conference this week in San Francisco, and a production version will launch in early 2007.

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September 27, 2006

oDesk Announces $8 million Series B Round Led by Benchmark Capital

oDesk, an Internet startup that provides a marketplace for hiring global technical talent and web-based tools to manage remote teams, announced an $8 million Series B investment led by Benchmark Capital.

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June 7, 2006

Thomas Layton, CEO of Open Table, Joins oDesk Board of Directors

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.

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April 25, 2006

oDesk Announces $6 million in Series A Funding

oDesk, an Internet startup that lets companies hire and manage remote workers from its global talent pool and pay them on an hourly basis, announced a $6 million Series A investment from Globespan Capital Partners and Sigma Partners.

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