Hack.Summit() Notes 02222016 4 pm EST: Stephane Kasriel CEO, Upwork

02222016 – 4 pm EST


Stephane Kasriel

CEO, Upwork

(Formerly Elance, ODesk)

Co-working spaces

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

Time zones

How can they make it workout?

Hire Fast and Build Things

Stephane Kasriel



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

Cultural 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…

Have grit

What is the constraint in the marketplace?

80 categories, 3 levels of jobs

240 combinations

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?

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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