Upwork

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Upwork Global Inc.
Upwork logo
Type of site
Private
Founded 2015
Predecessor(s) Elance-oDesk
Elance
oDesk
Headquarters Mountain View, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Stephane Kasriel (CEO), Thomas Layton (Chairman)
Industry Freelance marketplace
Website upwork.com
Alexa rank Decrease 551 (February 2018)[1]
Registration Required

Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk,[2] is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. In 2015, Elance-oDesk was rebranded as Upwork.[3] It is based in Mountain View and San Francisco, California. The full name is Upwork Global Inc.

Upwork has twelve million registered freelancers and five million registered clients.[4][5] Three million jobs are posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD, making it one of the largest freelancer marketplaces along with Fiverr.[6][2][7]

History[edit]

Elance was founded in 1999 by Beerud Sheth and Srini Anumolu.[8] oDesk was founded in 2003[9] by Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.[10] Upwork was formed 18 months after Elance and oDesk announced their merger on December 18, 2013 to create Elance-oDesk.[11] With the launch of Upwork, the oDesk platform was upgraded and rebranded and the company announced that the Elance platform would be phased out within a couple of years, resulting in a single freelance marketplace.[12]

In early September 2015, the service experienced an outage which led to an apology being issued by CEO Stephane Kasriel.[13] This led to the introduction of an Upwork Status page to offer freelancers and clients greater transparency.[citation needed]

As of March 2017, it reported 14 million users in 180 countries with $1B in annual freelancer billings.[14][15] From its foundation in 1999, the company has raised a total of $168 million through 10 private equity funding rounds.[16]

The company is expected to file for an initial public offering in 2018.[17]

Operation[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 to find and hire freelancers.[3]

The platform offers a time sheet application that tracks time and takes screenshots while the freelancer is working.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "upwork.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Elance-oDesk Becomes 'Upwork' In Push To Build $10B In Freelancer Revenues". Forbes. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (May 5, 2015). "Elance-oDesk Rebrands As Upwork, Debuts Slack-Like Chat Platform". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Two Pakistani organizations selected for Upwork Social Impact Program". www.techlist.pk. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  5. ^ "What's a workforce marketplace? How work will get done in the future | Networks Asia". Networks Asia. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". 
  7. ^ Lawler, Ryan (November 25, 2014). "Eight Months After Merger, Elance-oDesk Raises Another $30 Million Led By Benchmark". TechCrunch. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Thomas W. Malone; Robert J. Laubacher. "The Dawn of the E-Lance Economy" (PDF). Harvard Business Review. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-31. 
  9. ^ "California Secretary of State. Corporate filing date 1/27/2003". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "The story behind launching oDesk - with Gary Swart - Mixergy". Mixergy. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  11. ^ Levy, Ari (December 19, 2013). "Elance Merges With oDesk to Boost Service for Freelancers". Bloomberg Technology. San Francisco. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "oDesk becomes Upwork, but what about Elance?". news.smallbusinesstrends.com. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Kasriel, Stephane. "Update on Site Performance and Issues". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Snagajob. "Snagajob Appoints Former Upwork CEO to Board of Directors". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  15. ^ "TechDay - Upwork's SVP of Marketing Explains What It Takes To Perfect An Offering That Relies On People". techdayhq.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  16. ^ "Upwork | Crunchbase". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2017-10-09. 
  17. ^ Farrell, Maureen (12 April 2018). "Tech IPO Market Shows Signs of Warming". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  18. ^ Hardy, Quentin. "Big Brother in the Home Office". 

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