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Introducing Upwork – the evolution of Elance and oDesk

 

Dear Elance Community,

 

I’m thrilled to announce an important update for the Elance-oDesk Community. Today, we took a huge step in the evolution of our business by relaunching oDesk as Upwork.

 

Last year Elance merged with oDesk—a platform much like Elance. We recently shared that we’ll focus innovation on oDesk, with the ultimate goal of moving to one combined platform. Well that time is now and we can’t wait to start this next chapter with you.

Elance is now an Upwork company.

The Elance site will remain unchanged in the immediate future. In the coming months, we plan to release many new innovations on Upwork in these key areas:

  • Faster hiring. To accelerate hiring, we’re making it easier for freelancers to update their availability and for businesses to find, interview and select freelancers who are ready to work right away.

  • Better collaboration. We’re making work simpler and more productive. A new messaging experience will include chat and video, plug into your favorite services, and organize conversations into chat rooms. Plus, you’ll be able to access your teams through native Android and iPhone apps.

  • Larger teams. Shared team workspaces will make it easier for multiple freelancers and clients to collaborate. Businesses can create and engage large freelance teams quickly, safely, and in compliance with Upwork Enterprise.

  • Professional growth.  Upwork will be a platform where independent professionals can thrive. With access to work history stats, the ability to earn Top Rated status, and information on high-demand skills, freelancers will have the tools to get more and better jobs.

 

We’re also making it easy to bring your Elance profile to Upwork. We will share additional information as we extend invitations over the next few months. We’ll keep you posted as we transition to a single platform. In the meantime we won’t be adding innovation to the Elance platform—although our teams will continue to support Elance and provide you with a high quality experience.

 

You may also be wondering about the new name. With an exciting and limitless future in mind, we chose Upwork to better convey our vision and represent our current and future community. It’s a name that inspires us and we hope it will inspire you as well.

 

I’m excited to step into the CEO position at Upwork, and I invite you to join in the conversation in our community and to find answers to your questions. If you have feedback for us or have questions about our new platform we would love to hear from you at upwork-info@elance.com.

 

Best,
 

Stephane Kasriel

CEO, Upwork

 

Comments

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https://www.elance.com/q/forum/conference-room/introducing-upwork

For a quick FAQ on the announcement, go here:

http://help.elance.com/hc/en-us/articles/205083108?flash_digest=650c04bafc37d7bfea910209f9b059fa243f1ca7