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People Per Hour Limited
IndustryFreelance marketplace
FoundedLondon, United Kingdom
FounderXenios Thrasyvoulou (CEO)
Simos Kitiris (CTO)
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom

PeoplePerHour, legally People Per Hour Limited, is a UK-based company whose function is as an online platform giving businesses access to freelance workers.[1]


Founded in 2007 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris,[2] the company has offices in London and Athens.[3]  Businesses opting to use the website are often start-ups or SMEs looking to grow flexibly by hiring freelancers to handle projects rather than hiring in-house or via agencies.

There is some debate as to whether the emergence of this type of freelance marketplace is part of a longer-term structural change in the way that companies across the world manage their human resources.[4]


In August 2012, PeoplePerHour was named by the science and technology magazine, Wired UK as one of "Europe's 100 Hottest Startups of 2012".[5]

In 2012 its 50-person engineering department relocated to Athens.[6] One of the major investors in PeoplePerHour is Index Ventures, which gave the company £2M (3.2M dollars) in 2012.[6][7] Mike Volpi has named PeoplePerHour among the three "most underrated companies" in the Index's portfolio.[8] In its previous seed round, the company had raised approximately £425k.[9]

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  1. ^ "Recruitment site offers freelance jobs". Daily Mirror. 20 July 2012.
  2. ^ Jamillah Knowles (19 July 2012). "PeoplePerHour publicly launches hourlies for freelancers offering services by the hour". The Next Web.
  3. ^ "Startup News: Brooklyn Tech Triangle Seeks Master Plan; Reuters is Now Distributing Animated Content". Beta Beat. The New York Observer. 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ Maija Palmer (14 November 2011). "Virtual companies face the connectivity challenge". Financial Times. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Europe's 100 hottest startups 2012", Hugo Cox, Wired Magazine, 15 August 2012
  6. ^ a b Index Ventures Raises $442 Million in New Fund by Mark Scott, New York Times
  7. ^ PeoplePerHour Secures $3.2M From Index Ventures, New Hires, New iOS App by Mike Butcher, TechCrunch
  8. ^ Invest in Bankrupt Europe? Sure! Clean Tech? Oh, Hell No. by Sarah Lacy,
  9. ^ Index Ventures invests in PeoplePerHour as business flows East to West

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