Fabio Rosati

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Fabio Rosati
Born Florence, Italy
Education Georgetown University
Occupation Internet entrepreneur
Website https://www.upwork.com

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

Education and career[edit]

Originally from Florence, Italy, attended Georgetown University.[8] 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. [9] Among the largest and fastest-growing companies in the online work industry,[10] Elance allowed businesses to find, hire, manage and pay freelancers. In 2013, Elance had over 3 million users,[11] and over $300 million in annual billings.[6] In December 2013, as Elance and oDesk announced their merger, Rosati was named CEO of Elance-oDesk.[12] 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's comments on the future of work, the freelance economy and employability have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal,[13] Forbes,[14] Fortune,[15] Inc.,[16] and The New York Times.[17] and on panel discussions organized by the World Economic Forum, the World Bank and The Economist. He appeared on TV and radio shows including NPR,[4] Fox News,[18] ABC News,[19] CNBC[20] and Bloomberg TV.[21] Rosati was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.[22]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Elance-oDesk flings open the door to a massive digital workforce". Washington Post. 13 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The Freelance Economy, radio broadcast aired". The Diane Rehm Show. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b Stern, Gary M. (November 27, 2012). "Welcome to the age of the freelancer". CNN Money,. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Karpie, Andrew (5 May 2015). ""Elance-oDesk becomes Upwork,"". Spend Matters. 
  8. ^ "Fabio Rosati President & CEO, Elance Inc". Web 2.0 Summit. November 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Karpie, Andrew (6 February 2013). "Online Staffing Platform, Elance, Reports Continuing High Growth in 2012". Staffing Industry Analysis. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Global Online Employment Report". Elance. 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "The gig economy is growing up". Pandodaily. 18 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Glazer, Emily (February 19, 2012). "Freelancers, Get the Perks of a Full-Timer". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Casserly, Meghan (23 April 2013). "One More Maybe To Closing The Tech Gap: The Freelancer Revolution". Forbes. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Wagner, Kurt (30 April 2013). "The biggest deterrent for women in tech". Fortune. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Greenstein, Howard (September 29, 2012). "Why Hiring Freelancers Works". Inc. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Hardy, Quentin (13 June 2012). "The Boom in Online Freelance Workers". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Colby, Jamie (16 December 2012). "Survey: Freelancers income on rise, TV broadcast". Fox News. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tory Johnson, Summer Jobs for Adults, TV broadcast". ABC News. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Elance CEO on the freelance economy". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bloomberg West with Emily Chang, U.S. Technology Industry Jobs, Independent Workers". Bloomberg TV. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur of the Year". 

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