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Help is at your fingertips

Help is at your fingertips

Mark Stachiew

Bids on oDesk. Contractors vie to fulfill your technical needs.
Whether you need a .NET developer, an Access whiz or a technical writer, oDesk has a pool of thousands of technical contractors from around the world who can do the job for you for a reasonable fee.

Fishing in the Global Talent Pool

Fishing in the Global Talent Pool

Mary Brandel

Thanks to employee referrals, in- country recruiting firms, global job boards such as Monster.com and Jobster, sophisticated corporate Web recruiting sites and online programmer "marketplaces" like RentACoder.com or oDesk, there are more ways than ever before to communicate and collaborate with skilled individuals who happen to live overseas.

oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

oDesk Hits MileStones, Lowers Fees

Michael Arrington

It is our opinion that oDesk fills an important niche in the startup world - helping companies find outsourced development help for projects. This is a service that we've used ourselves and plan on using again.

TechCrunch Site makes Arrington a power broker

TechCrunch Site makes Arrington a power broker

Rebecca Buckman and Vauhini Vara

oDesk Corp., which brokers jobs between computer programmers and companies, says a September write-up on TechCrunch snared five times as many new customers for the company as a BusinessWeek article earlier in the year. When oDesk got funding in September from venture-capital firms, it gave Mr. Arrington -- and a few other bloggers -- the scoop. TechCrunch "has been amazing to help us get visibility," says Jason Chicola, oDesk's marketing director.

oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

oDesk Announces $8M Funding from Benchmark

Nik Cubrilovic

At the recent Future of Web Apps conference in San Francisco, Michael Arrington (the editor of Techcrunch) listed oDesk amongst a group of companies that are "ones to watch". We are bullish about oDesk's prospects, not only because of the rising demand for good providers but also because of their approach to connecting and managing the relationship between providers and customers.

Small-Business Awards by PC Magazine: Outsourcing Finalists

Small-Business Awards by PC Magazine: Outsourcing Finalists

John R. Quain

"Don't be afraid to try different things - just monitor the results."

oDesk's largely open-source-based platform includes online team rooms that allow clients and hourly employees to check in, collaborate, and monitor work projects.

oDesk Provides On-demand Skills

oDesk Provides On-demand Skills

Nik Cubrilovic

My startup Omnidrive first found oDesk when we needed to find contract C++ development skills to work on a project. At first look, it appears just like one of many other portals and marketplaces that assist project managers to find talent - but upon close inspection oDesk has distinct advantages that make it one of the best and easiest ways to find employee's on-demand.

oDesk emerges with $6M

oDesk emerges with $6M

Paul Bonanos

The recruitment and management service raised its money primarily from Sigma Partners and Globespan Capital Partners.

Homeshoring: Beyond Call Centers

Homeshoring: Beyond Call Centers

Sarah Lacy

Part of oDesk's appeal is that it's not just matching those looking for work with those who have it, but also helping employers overcome one of the biggest challenges they face when hiring remote contractors: trust.

Startup That Manages Home-Workers Launches

Startup That Manages Home-Workers Launches

A startup called oDesk, which has been in beta for 2 years, has just launched today. It provides a match-making service for home jobs and then uses screen grabs and web cams to prove to employers that work is being done.

An inside look at outsourcing via oDesk

An inside look at outsourcing via oDesk

Dave Rosenberg

Sarah Lacy told me about oDesk a few weeks ago but I haven't had time to check it out until now. While my initial assumption was some kind of Irish IT company (get it? O'desk?) its actually an online marketplace for offshore development talent where engineers/developers/etc can post their rates along with their credentials to take on your offshore work. And people with needs can post jobs for developers to apply to.

Virtual Extended Staffing with a Major Twist

Virtual Extended Staffing with a Major Twist

Dian Schaffhauser

I just learned about a company that provides online access to developers and other technical talent -- both domestic and offshore. Before you say, "Oh, that's what Elance does..." hear me out.
This Sunnyvale, CA firm -- oDesk -- offers clients not just access to talent, but also access to a tool that I haven't seen at other freelance help sites.