Businesses and freelance professionals can now build online teams and get work done in the cloud

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — September 14, 2010 — Elance, the leading platform for flexible employment, today announced it is now available in the Google Apps Marketplace™, Google's online storefront for Google Apps™ products and services. The integration will enable businesses and freelancers to use their Google Apps accounts to login in to Elance and hire and manage remote contractors in the cloud. Now, users can access Elance directly from Google Apps, allowing them to manage current projects on Elance and find skilled contractors and freelancers at the click of a button.

“Through the Google Apps Marketplace, businesses can leverage the talent of more than 160,000 skilled developers, marketers, creative professionals and other specialized experts on Elance to build online teams and get work done. The addition of Elance to the Google Apps Marketplace means any entrepreneur or business with a Google Apps account can now quickly access high quality talent and tools to effectively manage their online teams all from a single login,” said Ellen Pack, Vice President of Marketing at Elance.

Just as many software solutions have moved from onsite to the cloud, there is also a growing trend by businesses to move hiring and managing of teams to the cloud — enabling companies to tap into highly skilled online teams on a flexible basis. Elance is the leader in driving the online work model by providing sophisticated tools that allow employers to seamlessly and safely integrate hiring and management of online teams. Providing access to Elance from the Google Apps Marketplace enhances managing work online by providing access to core business productivity and team management tools from a universal login.

“We are very excited to have Elance in the Google Apps Marketplace,” adds Scott McMullan, Google Apps partner lead for Google Enterprise. “Through the Google Apps Marketplace, software vendors like Elance are helping us build a rich ecosystem of integrated apps that work seamlessly with Google Apps, allowing IT administrators to leverage the benefits of cloud computing and extend Google Apps to meet more of their business needs. We are happy to offer Elance to the millions of Google Apps users who have embraced the cloud.”

The Google Apps Marketplace makes it easy for more than two million Google Apps businesses to discover, purchase and deploy integrated business applications and related professional services. By integrating with user accounts and application data stored in Google Apps, these cloud applications provide a simpler user experience, increase business efficiency and reduce administrative overhead. To learn more, visit http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/.

About Elance

Elance, the world’s leading platform for flexible employment, helps businesses hire and manage online instead of onsite.

For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online. Elance provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results. Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing.

For skilled professionals who want to work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. Elancers have already delivered on projects worth more than $300 million.

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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