Shortlist raises $1.5M to help businesses manage their freelancers

In most businesses, managing freelancers still mostly happens in Excel spreadsheets shared across the company. Shortlist wants to make this process more efficient by offering a single platform for man

Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity

According to Loom founder Chase White, there's a familiar cycle that tech entrepreneurs go through: When they're first getting started, they sell equity to angel investors, then they use the money to

Gigster’s crafty plan to give freelance developers equity

Gigster is launching the Gigster Fund, comprised of $700,000 raised from Bloomberg Beta, Felicis and China’s CSC as LPs, plus 1 percent of Gigster’s own equity. Each month it will invest

The future of work manifesto

We humans are hunter-gatherers domesticated into becoming farmers. Around 10,000 years ago, we discovered the wonders of agriculture. To make farmers out of hunters, we used social norms and sanctions

Lystable gets $11M Series A to push its gig economy SaaS in the US

Ahoy there gig economy... Lystable, which makes a software tool focused on helping businesses manage freelancers, has closed an $11 million Series A round led by Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures and Goldc

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day. I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week. Today, freelancing is

The Best Pros Won’t Work For You, But You Can Still Engage Them

Recruiting is one of the top jobs for any executive or entrepreneur. Talent is the lifeblood of your company; let it drain away, and you die. Unfortunately, that lifeblood is in very short supply -- a

YC-Backed Zen99 Makes Life Easier For Freelancers With Finance And Insurance Tools

Freelancers and contractors are a rapidly growing part of the workforce. Without benefits, however, many struggle with issues like figuring out how much of their earnings to withhold for taxes and fin

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

Elance, SkilledUp & Smarterer Launch New Learning Platform To Let You Learn, Validate & Find Work In One Place

Everyone knows that the educational system in the U.S. hasn't changed much in, oh, the last 100 years. And that there's a lot of inertia within the system, gumming the gears and slowing its transforma

Ooomf Shutters Its App Discovery Platform, Relaunches As A Freelancer Marketplace For Web & Mobile App Projects

<a target="_blank" href="">Ooomf</a>, a startup which <a href="

Another Online Labour-Booking Funding Win: Intel Capital Leads $4M Series A In Russia’s Eruditor

Hot on the heels of funding wins for Handybook and PeoplePerHour, another investment in an online labour booking company this month: Intel Capital is leading a $4 million Series A funding round into R

Stride, A CRM System Salespeople Will Hate (But Freelancers Will Love), Launches Into Beta

<a href="">Stride</a>, a new CRM system designed to meet the needs of freelancers and small business owners, is launching into private beta today. The product, which was born out