MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 20, 2009 - Elance, the leading site for online work, today announced that it has received a 2009 Webware 100 award for Commerce by Webware, a CNET site. Alongside the likes of PayPal, Etsy, Craigslist, and Amazon.com, Elance was selected as a winner by the Web 2.0 user community who cast more than 630,000 votes in an online voting poll.

The Webware 100 Awards annually recognize the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications that are leading the next wave of innovation based on thousands of entries. A complete list of the 2009 winners can be found at www.webware.com/100.

Elance delivers an immediate, cost-effective and flexible way to hire, manage and pay independent professionals and contractors online. In the past year, 250,000 new jobs have been posted on Elance representing well over $100,000,000 of work. More than 60,000 businesses already rely on Elance, tapping into the expertise of over 85,000 skilled and tested service providers who have earned over $190,000,000 on Elance to date. The Elance Work System provides a simple and efficient way to set up and manage online work, and exchange payment for the results delivered.

“It is exceptionally gratifying to receive this award and the customer endorsement that it represents,” said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. “This Webware 100 award is truly the rightful property of the community of immensely talented people in our professional network and the savvy businesses that use Elance as a cost-effective and flexible way to hire talent and get work done.”

“This annual listing has become an essential resource for people who want to learn more about Web 2.0 and the many ways it can help them stay connected,” said Rafe Needleman, editor at Webware and CNET. “The Web 2.0 community and our editors ultimately selected the very best sites, services and applications that have made a lasting impression.”

About Elance, Inc.

Elance is the leading site for online work where businesses connect with independent professionals to get work done.

Elance delivers an immediate, cost-effective and flexible way to hire, manage and pay independent professionals and contractors online.

Companies tap into Elance’s skilled talent pool to distribute their work, while professionals use Elance to meet clients, stay independent and get paid for delivering great results.
The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit Elance at http://www.elance.com.

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