Fabio Rosati

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Fabio Rosati
EducationGeorgetown University
OccupationInternet entrepreneur

Fabio Rosati is an internet entrepreneur best known for his work as CEO of gig economy platforms Elance and Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk) until April 2015[1][2] and as Chairman and CEO of hourly work platform Snag since July 2018[3][4]. Rosati is a contributor to online work,[5] the freelance economy,[6][7][8] and online staffing.[9]

Education and career[edit]

Originally from Florence, Italy, attended Georgetown University.[10] Rosati joined Gemini Consulting (now Capgemini Consulting) in its early days and left a decade later to join a Silicon Valley start-up, Elance, as Chief Executive Officer. In 2006 Elance sold its enterprise software business to focus on a new platform where businesses and freelance talent could connect and collaborate with each other online. [11] Among the largest and fastest-growing companies in the online work industry,[12] Elance allowed businesses to find, hire, manage and pay freelancers. In 2013, Elance had over 3 million users,[13] and over $300 million in annual billings.[8] In December 2013, as Elance and oDesk announced their merger, Rosati was named CEO of Elance-oDesk.[14] In April 2015, with more than 13 million users and $1B in annual billings, Elance-oDesk introduced a unified platform and a new name, Upwork. Rosati served on Upwork's board of directors until 2017 and is a member of the board of directors at Snag, Social Tables and Xometry.


  1. ^ "Elance-oDesk relaunches with new name and new platform". Silicon Valley Business Journal. 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Elance-oDesk becomes Upwork in push to build $10B in freelancer revenue"". Forbes. 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Snag taps former Upwork CEO as new leader". www2.staffingindustry.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ Times-Dispatch, JOHN REID BLACKWELL Richmond. "Snag names new chief executive officer and completes $18 million capital raise from investors". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  5. ^ "Elance-oDesk flings open the door to a massive digital workforce". Washington Post. 13 June 2014.
  6. ^ "The Freelance Economy, radio broadcast aired". The Diane Rehm Show. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  7. ^ Olson, Lindsey (29 November 2012). "States With High Unemployment Rates Are Turning to Freelancers for Work". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b Stern, Gary M. (November 27, 2012). "Welcome to the age of the freelancer". CNN Money,. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  9. ^ Karpie, Andrew (5 May 2015). ""Elance-oDesk becomes Upwork,"". Spend Matters.
  10. ^ "Fabio Rosati President & CEO, Elance Inc". Web 2.0 Summit. November 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  11. ^ Karpie, Andrew (6 February 2013). "Online Staffing Platform, Elance, Reports Continuing High Growth in 2012". Staffing Industry Analysis. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  12. ^ Null, Christopher (23 July 2013). "Inside e-ployment: Online staffing services put temporary labor within reach of small businesses". PC World. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Global Online Employment Report". Elance. 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  14. ^ "The gig economy is growing up". Pandodaily. 18 December 2013.

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