Elance and oDesk to Join Forcese_darrellj | Dec 18, 2013
We have big news to share. We’re joining forces with oDesk. Today we’re announcing that we signed an agreement to merge with oDesk.
What does it mean for you?
Not much. The new company will continue to serve our freelancer and client communities on two separate platforms at elance.com and odesk.com.
Why are we merging?
To put it simply, we believe we’ll be better together. Even though Elance and oDesk serve different communities and in some ways have been rivals over the years, when we got to know each other, we found that the two companies share a common vision and many of the same values. We believe that by working together, we can innovate faster and deliver more opportunities for our clients and our freelance communities.
What can you expect?
- Significant investments in technology. This includes tools for more effective hiring, seamless online collaboration, improved mobile accessibility and skills development.
- Higher quality results for all customers. With deeper expertise in data science, clients and freelancers will benefit from improved personalization of the user experience.
- Participation in how we evolve. Please join us in crafting the future together. Please share your likes, dislikes, suggestions and comments by emailing our CEO, Fabio Rosati, at Fabio.Rosati (at) elance.com. We’ll share what you’ve taught us in an upcoming blog post and our plans to incorporate your feedback.
The merger is expected to close in the next four months and is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions (including regulatory review and approval). For answers to additional questions, please check out our list of frequently asked questions. We’ll be providing regular updates on our blog, so please check back soon.