02222016 – 4 pm EST
(Formerly Elance, ODesk)
Relationships between freelancers and company
He worked at Ebay for a couple of years
If you create enough value they will stay with you as long as they stay with you
What are the carrots and sticks?
Use upwork for becoming successful and independent
Semi or fully virtual team
How can they make it workout?
Hire Fast and Build Things
Make sure you hire the best people
If you are limiting yourself to local teams you are limited
If you hire global then you can get better talent
Hire the best of the best
Put the same process in place for the remote versus local
Multiple interviews before hiring, do the same things you would do with local people
Add extra steps
US time zones or central and eastern europe
Work on a time zone where there is enough overlap
Project Management perspective, how can you ensure good overlap?
Can I communicate with you?
Do you have the right equipment?
Are you interested exclusively?
We are not interested in having people working 5 hours a week and on five different things
There are many amazing engineers around the world
How to get started at Upwork?
It is tough
It is a very competitive marketplace
Only 2% get job
Reality of labor market
They try that the people who have the mo
Rising talents program on the site if the data system believe that the odds of you being successful are very high
Write the best profile you can, write what you can do with as much clarity and and accuracy as possible
The system predicts whether you are going to be successful…
What is the constraint in the marketplace?
80 categories, 3 levels of jobs
Actual taxonomies, 3000 different skills on the platforms
Some more demand constraint and some more supply constraint
Very little signal to evaluate you versus another client
How can you make upwork attractive to first world nations because of higher cost of living?
How can first world people compete?
US people are number one on the site
If what you do is highly differentiated then…
Clients want to have people in their own country for locality
If what you do is fairly undifferentiated then you are overbidding then you will not be hired
If your skills are hard to find, data scientist or mobile developer
What does it mean for a data scientist to be successful?