Odesk to merge with Elance

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The official blog link
https://www.odesk.com/blog/2013/12/odeskelancemerge/

"First things first: we'll continue to serve you on odesk.com, and Elance customers will continue to work on elance.com. In other words, oDesk and Elance will operate separately and as usual, even after the merger is complete."

"I've decided that after the merger closes I will step aside and hand the reins of the merged company to Fabio Rosati, Elance's CEO. I will remain involved as a strategic advisor."

"Who will lead the new company? oDesk executive chairman Thomas Layton will continue in the same role at the combined company, and Elance CEO Fabio Rosati will serve as chief executive officer."
https://www.odesk.com/blog/2013/12/mergerfaq/
#elance #merge #odesk
  • Profile picture of the author jessiewriter
    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    That's some really big news, might be a huge collision though, wonder how things will change or be the same as before, but this really might increase opportunites.
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  • Profile picture of the author xanadux666
    Good news that elance will continue to operate separately from odesk.
    I find (other results may vary) the quality of freelancers better on Elance than Odesk in the last few years.
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    • Profile picture of the author htothez
      Originally Posted by xanadux666 View Post

      I find (other results may vary) the quality of freelancers better on Elance than Odesk in the last few years.
      That's generally what I've found too...
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    • Profile picture of the author ewritezone
      Originally Posted by xanadux666 View Post

      Good news that elance will continue to operate separately from odesk.
      I find (other results may vary) the quality of freelancers better on Elance than Odesk in the last few years.
      Yes, that's true. Odesk is the best place to get cheap labor, but if you want quality, you gotta go for Elance.

      I just received the mail today. Wonder how things will change after this. Hope it won't, because I like how things are now, and I don't want to learn hiring through a new platform right now.
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  • Wow. That is crazy. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidLowes
    I see... Combining forces to battle freelancer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Shields
    I wonder if there will be any noticeable changes on either site?

    Does anybody think we as customers will benefit from this or not?
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    • Profile picture of the author NBSEO
      Huge news! Curious to see how this will all play out..
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      • Profile picture of the author ForeverMoore
        OP, just got the email.

        Great information drop!
        Originally Posted by DavidLowes View Post

        I see... Combining forces to battle freelancer!
        Exactly!

        I am no Debbie Downer, but I don't initially feel good about this move.

        Freelancing, just like much creative work, has become a race to the bottom.

        I "feel" that the fewer places that offer freelance work, the greater the possibility of price control.

        Do I think Freelancer should have eaten up Scriptlance and vWorker, personally, not really but from a business standpoint, I totally get it. Freelancer just had a better platform, flat out!

        On the other hand oDesk appeared to be a great stand alone, as well as Elance.

        I guess in my mind, guru.com could have merged with Elance just as well as them picking oDesk, but that's just my freelancing opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanM
    Originally Posted by garmahis View Post

    The official blog link
    https://www.odesk.com/blog/2013/12/odeskelancemerge/

    "First things first: we'll continue to serve you on odesk.com, and Elance customers will continue to work on elance.com. In other words, oDesk and Elance will operate separately and as usual, even after the merger is complete."

    "I've decided that after the merger closes I will step aside and hand the reins of the merged company to Fabio Rosati, Elance's CEO. I will remain involved as a strategic advisor."

    "Who will lead the new company? oDesk executive chairman Thomas Layton will continue in the same role at the combined company, and Elance CEO Fabio Rosati will serve as chief executive officer."
    https://www.odesk.com/blog/2013/12/mergerfaq/
    Wow, that sounds interesting. Thanks for the info mate.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author hostdare
    Really I don't know about this.Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiem
    This is going to be huge!
    Odesk + Elance = OLANCE vs Freelancer
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  • I read in some forums that this merger might be a disadvantage for those in Elance.

    What do you guys think?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alast
    I got the email this morning. It will be interesting to see the merge!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    I have mixed feeling about this as well. For those who are interested, they posted some FAQ HERE
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hope their service improves. I use to use elance years ago. Well, it has been a while now. People still remember the good old days, but we could see a resurgence. Maybe they will try to bring back what was. Vendors are not the same any more. Most of you do not remember the old elance which was a lot like FIVERR is now.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    I am worry about this news... because I prefer Odesk than Elance. I want the Odesk runs itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Less competition means less value for the customer. Let's
    see what happens in this case.

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  • Profile picture of the author garmahis
    My thoughts on this:
    1. Both Elance and Odesk were worried about the growing market share of Freelancer.com and that's the main reason for this merger.
    2. Sooner or later both sites and users will be merged into one. Something tells me that it will be more likely Elance based.
    3. From the previous experience of vWorker acquistion by Freelancer.com I don't expect the new merged entity to be better in any way than current Odesk or Elance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Drjoenjenga
      Interesting, so what happens to user accounts are they merging them ? Possibly they will in future for easy management.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainarama
    Most business mergers fail. Will this one join the trend?
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  • Profile picture of the author phoenixseo
    Interesting,Lets see what happens next.Fingers crossed
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
    I have been using Elance instead of Odesk because their freelancers seem to better. Elance also has some promotions that I like. I hope the merger doesn't make Elance worse.
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