oDesk

  • Polaris Partners Grows Out West, Adding Ex-oDesk Chief Gary Swart

    Polaris Partners Grows Out West, Adding Ex-oDesk Chief Gary Swart

    Polaris Partners, the eighteen year old venture capital firm headquartered in Boston, has added former oDesk chief executive Gary Swart as its first venture partner focused on technology on the West Coast. Already an active angel investor, Swart has an existing portfolio of ten companies which he will continue to work with after his move to the Polaris team. “As the CEO of oDesk I had… Read More

  • Elance-oDesk Launches In Australia To Compete With Freelancer.com

    Elance-oDesk Launches In Australia To Compete With Freelancer.com

    Elance-oDesk launched today in Australia with a new country manager and two city managers based in Melbourne and Sydney. The company also said it plans to hire more city managers to oversee its operations in Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Read More

  • Coming Out Of Stealth, MyCrowd Aims To Create World’s Biggest Marketplace For Freelance Projects

    Coming Out Of Stealth, MyCrowd Aims To Create World’s Biggest Marketplace For Freelance Projects

    MyCrowd, a startup that helps companies find freelance talent for specific tasks through Google Docs, PowerPoint and other software applications, is raising $500,000 in a seed round from unnamed angel investors to add more connectors including Evernote and expand beyond its existing base of around 10 million specialists. MyCrowd’s in-app functionality allows users to identify and… Read More

  • Everything You Wanted To Know About The Giant Elance, oDesk Merger & Ensuing Backlash (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    Everything You Wanted To Know About The Giant Elance, oDesk Merger & Ensuing Backlash (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    While visions of strategic synergies and competitors running for cover danced in the heads of company executives, the scores of freelancers who use oDesk and Elance to find work or hire support don’t seem ready to break out the pom-poms. Angry customers let their opinions be heard en masse on Elance’s blog this morning, while oDesk’s Facebook page drew a similar reaction. And… Read More

  • Gary Swart on the Growing eWork Market

    Online Work Platform oDesk Raises $15M From T. Rowe Price, Benchmark

    Online work platform oDesk has raised $15 million in Series D funding from T. Rowe Price Associates with participation from Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners and Sigma Partners. This brings oDesk’s total funding to $45 million. oDesk offers a “marketplace for talent” that makes it easy for companies to hire workers online for work that can be done remotely. This… Read More

  • Work 3.0: How The Employment Model Needs to Change

    Work 3.0: How The Employment Model Needs to Change

    With the economy still struggling to recover, key indicators of economic performance are largely focused on traditional employment — we are fixated on how many people have managed to find on-site, single-employer jobs. But is this an outdated perspective? Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath would say so. In a recent blog post for Harvard Business Review, McGrath questions… Read More

  • oDesk Names Former OpenTable CEO And CitySearch Founder Thomas Layton As Executive Chairman

    oDesk Names Former OpenTable CEO And CitySearch Founder Thomas Layton As Executive Chairman

    Online work platform oDesk is announcing that Thomas Layton is joining the company as Executive Chairman. In this role, Layton will work alongside current CEO Gary Swart in an active operating role. oDesk offers a “marketplace for talent” that makes it easy for companies to hire workers remotely. Most recently, Layton served as CEO of Metaweb Technologies until its acquisition… Read More

  • oDesk: Online Work Market Will Grow To $1 Billion By 2012

    oDesk: Online Work Market Will Grow To $1 Billion By 2012

    Online work platform oDesk is reporting today that its contractors earned a record $22.3 million through the oDesk platform in October. This represents 90% growth from 2010. oDesk offers a “marketplace for talent” that makes it easy for companies to hire workers remotely. Last month, contractors worked a record 2.1 million hours through the oDesk website (up from one million hours… Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

    A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

    Editor’s note: Guest contributor Jon Bischke is a founder of RG Labs and is an advisor to Altius Education, Fatminds and Udemy. You can follow him @jonbischke. For people who spend most of their days within a few blocks of tech start-up epicenters such as South Park in San Francisco, University Avenue in Palo Alto or the Flatiron district in New York, last week’s… Read More

  • oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

    oDesk's oConomy Hits $100 Million

    Startup oDesk received rave reviews at this years TechCrunch50 conference thanks to its innovative workplace platform. The startup was voted as demopit winner with 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 “oConomy” meter, which is the amount of… Read More

  • GetAFreelancer Hits 1 Million Users, Switches Name To Freelancer.com

    GetAFreelancer Hits 1 Million Users, Switches Name To Freelancer.com

    If the Internet has made one thing crystal clear, it’s that physical borders and geographical distance are no longer necessarily an absolute barrier for conducting business. More and more companies are getting accustomed to the idea of being able to do business with companies on the other side of the world using nothing but digital communication means, or to have entire business units… Read More

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

    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. The stream features photos of your team’s workplace, keystroke events, and lets you know when… Read More

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

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

    The economy may still be trying to pick itself up, but one beneficiary of tighter budgets is outsourcing marketplace oDesk. Web developers and software engineers looking for project work can find jobs on oDesk, and employers can post jobs. Workers download PC-monitoring software which lets employers keep track of exactly how long they are on the job, even if it is in their pajamas at 3 AM. As… Read More

  • oDesk Raises $15M More For Outsourcing Development

    oDesk Raises $15M More For Outsourcing Development

    oDesk, the site that helps customers find and remotely monitor outsourced developers, has raised $15 million in a Series C funding round led by DAG Ventures. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, and Sigma Partners also participated in the round. This brings oDesk’s total funding to $29 million. oDesk allows companies to weed through thousands of… Read More

  • Content Marketplace Helium Officially Launches

    Content Marketplace Helium Officially Launches

    Citizen journalism site Helium has today officially launched its content marketplace after 7 months in beta testing. We’ve covered the service twice before, once in 2006, then last year when Helium Marketplace first opened its doors. Helium offers two services: a user generated content portal that’s part Wikipedia, part Squidoo, complete with revenue sharing. The marketplace works in… Read More

  • A Look At Outsourcing Through oDesk's Eyes

    A Look At Outsourcing Through oDesk's Eyes

    oDesk has just released a new part of their site called the oConomy where anyone can view statistics about the outsourcing activity on oDesk. As you can see above, 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… Read More

  • CVSDude to Grease oDesk's Outsourcing Wheels

    CVSDude to Grease oDesk's Outsourcing Wheels

    Tomorrow CVSDude, provider of hosted software development environments, will announce a partnership with oDesk, an online marketplace for developers. The deal will eventually result in an oDesk branded version of CVSDude’s technology. 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… Read More

  • IT Marketplace OnForce Closes $6.75 Million

    IT Marketplace OnForce Closes $6.75 Million

    OnForce has closed a $6.75 million series A1 financing round led by Accel Partners. OnForce is a “marketplace for on site IT services”. Companies use the site to post contract gigs for registered IT professionals in your area. Postings can be made to the site for $11 with 10% of the parts and labor taken after completion of the job and final payment transferred. OnForce plans… Read More

  • oDesk's Facebook Developer Aptitude Test

    oDesk's Facebook Developer Aptitude Test

    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 – existing tests include Ajax, CSS, .Net, DHTML and ASP, among others. They’ve now added a forty minute Facebook aptitude test as well. Companies can now… Read More

  • oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

    oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

    On Tuesday, Silicon Valley based oDesk will announce that they hit a number of milestones and will lower pricing. We first profiled the company in early September and it is our opinion that oDesk fills an important niche in the startup world – helping companies find outsourced development help for projects. oDesk is a place to find developers to build software, and they allow the… Read More