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Meet Campus Joe: A Young Entrepreneur

Joe Colasuonno isn’t your ordinary twenty-something:  he’s a recent college grad, current graduate school student in Biomedical Science, Medical School applicant and entrepreneur.

Joe started two businesses targeting college students, and is using Elance to build his latest venture – CampusJoe.com.

CampusJoe.com is designed to be a one stop platform for campus students.

Elance Customers Featured on The Early Show

ROX Fitness founders and Elance users, Brian Piepgrass and Giselle Schmitz, told their outsourcing story to The Early Show’s Susan Koeppen this week.

Not only did outsourcing help them get their startup off the ground, but they also used outsourcing in a more personal way – to plan their wedding.

Here’s the article and the video:


Celebrating Diwali

On Friday, November 9, some Elancers celebrated Diwali, the 'Festival of Lights'.  Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil.1

Elance provider Gaurav Kumar (Provider ID: webartsoftech) shared his Diwali experience and e-mailed a photo of his daughter, Meher, standing next to Rangoli.  Rangoli is artwork that is created on Diwali. 

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Gaurav!

1  Source:  Wikipedia

Golfgal Turns Woman Entrepreneur

Susan Hill is a professional golf trainer by trade, an Elance buyer, and with 13 e-commerce and blog websites, she is also a burgeoning Internet mogul thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit and the help of several Elance providers.

Susan’s venture into the online business world started when she realized that her golf fitness teachings to her offline clients could also serve a wider online audience. “I started posting projects on Elance to get help translating my golf techniques into illustrations, articles and eventually websites.”

Rockers, Launch Your Garage Band

19 year-old Daniel Kessler is a Research Analyst Project Manager by day, but a rockin' garage band member at night.  He is also an Elance buyer.  Here's his story:

One of the problems Daniel faced as the band leader of Friggin' Guavas was a way to promote and market his band and their music.  He knew that without the backing of a record label, his band would not have much exposure.  He also knew this was a similar problem faced by thousands of so-called garage bands.   Using his research skills, Daniel came up with the idea to use the viral marketing power of the internet instead of trying to get signed by a record label. 

And that's when he turned to Elance to bring his idea to life.

Casting a Wider Net for Talent

I had always been enthusiastic to live in a world where finding human capital reaches beyond my home in Silicon Valley, beyond California, and beyond the United States. 

Start-ups are built upon people and when you increase the pool of talent, you increase your likelihood of success. 

Today I am not only enthusiastic, but reliant on tapping into remote human capital.

Kevin Hartz

As we exit 2007, Silicon Valley is once again teeming with eager new entrepreneurs and established Internet giants alike, jockeying for talent. As an investor in start-ups as well as Internet entrepreneur, I feel the pinch. So much so that the same candidate will float between four or five different start-ups I’m personally involved.

What’s your Elance Brand?

What's in a brand?

Your Elance brand is comprised of a lot of things: Your credentials, your client's satisfaction and endorsement, your expertise and work samples, your professionalism and ability to communicate, your marketing message and more.  To build this kind of presence, trust, and reputation in the offline world costs significant marketing dollars and requires years of customer endorsement. On Elance, your personal brand is created almost instantly, all in one place. So, how can you take advantage of that?

These are some practical tips to make your Elance brand stand up for you:

What Comes After Web 2.0?

I recently attended an event at the headquarters of LinkedIn where Dan Nye, CEO, and Allen Blue, VP and Co-Founder, spoke about their company.

One of the most interesting parts of the event was when Allen Blue shared his thoughts on Web 2.0.  He defined Web 2.0 as a set of learnings from Web 1.0:

  1. Distribution – Web products should distribute themselves
  2. Content creation – Websites are valuable when they have content, especially content created by users
  3. Monetization – Monetize from the beginning

These comments got me thinking about Web 1.0, 2.0, and beyond.  What do you think is next?

Change in Our Workplace

Earlier this week we announced the biggest change in our membership model in 5 years.

The present model has served Elance and its community well (for example, in the last year alone payments to Elance service providers have grown 100%), but to make Elance a great online workplace we needed to introduce a membership model that contributes to even higher quality.

Since the announcement we have received tons of feedback.  We are able to incorporate some of that feedback immediately so it can be implemented at go-live on December 4.

Key points are listed below:

Elance Premier Program 
The monthly cost for participating in this new program will be waived until March 1, 2008.  This will give eligible members the opportunity to try the program and assess its benefits.

Posting Options
The "budget <$250" posting option will be removed.  The lowest budget posting option will be "budget <$500".

Presenting proposals to potential customers will require less connects than previously announced:

New York Times article about Tim Ferriss

In case you missed it, check out “Too Much Information? Ignore It”, an article in the New York Times last weekend by Alex Williams. 

It’s a profile about Elance customer Tim Ferriss, and how the lessons in his book, “The 4-Hour Workweek” - which are all about cutting out useless information in your life and personal productivity - are being received in Silicon Valley.

Tim Ferris - New York Times - "Too Much Information? Ignore It"

Elance CEO, Fabio Rosati, is also quoted in the article. One reason he believes Tim’s ideas resonate with ambitious Silicon Valley is because Tim practices what he preaches, by running a successful company and finding a way to live the lifestyle he enjoys.

Have you outsourced your life? Take a look!