Upwork

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Upwork
Private
Industry Freelance marketplace, Online outsourcing, Employment website
Founded Mountain View, California
2015
Headquarters Mountain View, California
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Stephane Kasriel (CEO), Thomas Layton (Chairman)
Website Upwork.com

Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk,[1] is a global online work platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. In 2015, Elance-oDesk was rebranded as Upwork.[2] It is based out of Mountain View and San Francisco, California.

Upwork has nine million registered freelancers and four million registered clients.[3] Three million jobs are posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD, making it the world's largest freelancer marketplace.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

Upwork was formed 18 months after Elance and oDesk announced their merger on December 18, 2013 to create Elance-oDesk, an online workplace with a combined total 8 million registered users.[7] oDesk was founded in 2003[8] by Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.[9] Elance was founded in 1999 by Beerud Sheth.[10]

Description[edit]

Upwork allows clients to interview, hire and work with freelancers and agencies through the company's platform. The platform now includes a real-time chat platform aimed at reducing the time it takes to find and hire freelancers.[2]

Upwork collects 10 percent of the payment to the independent professional—no fee is charged to those offering jobs.[11] Payments can be made using credit cards, PayPal, or bank transfer. Payments are made through Upwork's escrow system, which transfers the funds to freelancers after a 6-day period.

As of May 2014, Upwork reported $1B in annual billings, 10 million freelancers and 4 million clients worldwide. Freelancers can be hired for jobs on app and software development, engineering and data science, creative services such as graphic design and writing, business and administrative. The company provides voluntary skills tests in various disciplines from English aptitude to specific programming skills, and profiles include a feedback mechanism.

To ensure the freelancers are billing fairly for jobs billed hourly, the platform offers a timesheet application that tracks time and takes screenshots while the freelancer is billing.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Bersin by Deloitte "WhatWorks" Award (2013)[13]
  • oDesk ranked #543 in the 2012 Inc. 5000, #441 in the 2011 Inc. 500, #286 on the 2010 Inc. 500, and #110 in the 2009 Inc. 500[14]
  • AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies (2012[15] and 2011[16])
  • AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 (2012[17] and 2011[18])
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal Fastest Growing Private Company List (2011,[19] 2010[20] and 2009[21])
  • San Francisco Business Times Fastest Growing Companies List (2011[22] and 2010[23])
  • SAMCEDA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards - 2011 Fastest Growing Innovator Award of Excellence[24]
  • 2011 TiE50 Internet/Social Networking Winner[25] of TiE50 Awards Program.
  • TechCrunch50 DemoPit Winner (2010)[26]
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal Emerging Technology Award (2009)[27]
  • International Association of Outsourcing Professionals 2009 Global Outsourcing 100 Rising Star[28]
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 500[29]
  • Finalist for the "Red Herring 100 Global" Awards 2007 and 2009[30]
  • 2007 Rising Star in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 Program[31]
  • Finalist in PC Magazine’s 2006 Small Business Awards[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elance-oDesk Becomes 'Upwork' In Push To Build $10B In Freelancer Revenues". Forbes. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/05/elance-odesk-rebrands-as-upwork-debuts-slack-like-chat-platform/?ncid=rss
  3. ^ https://www.upwork.com/about/
  4. ^ https://www.techinasia.com/elance-odesk-online-freelancing-philippines/
  5. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/elainepofeldt/2015/05/05/elance-odesk-becomes-upwork-today-odesk-brand-gets-phased-out/
  6. ^ http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/25/elance-odesk-30m-benchmark/
  7. ^ Levy, Ari (December 19, 2013). "Elance Merges With oDesk to Boost Service for Freelancers". Bloomberg Technology (San Francisco). Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "California Secretary of State. Corporate filing date 1/27/2003". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "oDesk About Us Page". Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Thomas W. Malone; Robert J. Laubacher. "The Dawn of the E-Lance Economy" (PDF). Harvard Business Review. 
  11. ^ "Upwork Policy". October 2010. 
  12. ^ http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/big-brother-in-the-home-office/?_r=0
  13. ^ "Bersin by Deloitte Announces Winners of the WhatWorks® Awards". Bersin by Deloitte. 
  14. ^ "oDesk Company Profile". Inc. 
  15. ^ "Announcing the 2012 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies". AlwaysOn. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Announcing the 2011 AlwaysOn Global 250". AlwaysOn. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Announcing the 2012 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies". AlwaysOn. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  18. ^ March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30). "Announcing the 2011 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies | AlwaysOn". Alwayson.goingon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  19. ^ "Fastest-growing Silicon Valley private companies named". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Valley's fastest growing companies honored". October 14, 2010. 
  21. ^ "70 FastPrivate valley companies hailed". October 9, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Slideshow: The fastest-growing Bay Area companies". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  23. ^ Young, Eric (October 25, 2010). "CEOs say staying nimble, efficient aids growth". 
  24. ^ Chan, Stacie (April 1, 2011). "Despite Slow Economy, Six County Companies Are Posterchildren for Growth". Patch.com. 
  25. ^ 2011 TiE50 Internet/Social Networking Winner
  26. ^ Monday, September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14). "TC50: DemoPit Winner oDesk Launches A Real-Time Work Stream For Your iPhone And Desktop". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  27. ^ "Emerging Tech award winners honored". December 4, 2009. 
  28. ^ "The 2009 Global Outsourcing 100 Sub-Lists". IAOP. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  29. ^ http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/TMT_us_tmt/us_tmt_2010%20Technology%20Fast%20500%20Winners%20Brochure_191010.pdf
  30. ^ Finalists for the "Red Herring 100 Global" Awards 2007
  31. ^ 2007 Technology Fast 500
  32. ^ Quain, John (September 27, 2006). "Small Business Awards by PC Magazine: Outsourcing Finalists". PC Magazine. 

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