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自由职业市场Elance-Odesk获3000万美元融资,下一步拟IPO

(2014-12-01 23:46:43)
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(2014年12月1日,/36k)1 年前自由职业市场最大的两家竞争对手 Elance 和 oDesk 决定化干戈为玉帛,合并组成了Elance-oDesk这个自由职业市场的巨无霸。近日这家公司又宣布获得了 3,000 万美元的融资,预计下一步将会上市。 

Elance-oDesk 为找短工的企业以及网上的自由职业者搭建了一个平台,让他们通过相互匹配来各取所需—自由职业者需要工作,企业需要人才,通过自由职业市场匹配的方式可以不受地理限制,工作时间灵活,个人可以按自己喜欢的方式赚钱,而企业节省了开支,自由职业市场则通过抽佣获得回报,是一个三赢的局面。其流程大抵是这样的。首先,企业会到 Elance-oDesk 上面发布工作(包括时薪制、阶段制工作),后者就会根据工作性质及历史数据挑出三个最合适的人选,然后通过面试决定录用者;接下来 Elance-oDesk 还会利用其协作工具等全程跟踪自由职业者的工作,最后对其表现进行评估,形成数据。工作获得企业确认后自由职业者可以通过该市场获得快捷支付。 

目前约有 370 万家企业以及 930 万名自由职业者在 Elance-oDesk 上面寻找机会。据介绍网站每年发布的工作机会约有 250 万个,自由职业者的年收入总额已达 9 亿美元。据 Elance-oDesk CFO Servaes tholen 介绍,中国企业在 Elance-oDesk 上大概花了 300 万美元,而中国的自由职业者则已经在上面挣了 5 千万美元(这才是给贸易顺差做真正贡献的哈)。 

此轮融资由 Benchmark Capital 领投,FirstMark、Sigma West 等参投。这是合并后的新公司首次进行的融资,合并前的两家公司的融资总额已达 1.388 亿美元,此轮过后,其总融资将达 1.7 亿美元。所得资金将用于产品研发及市场扩张。包括改进匹配算法从而节省企业与自由职业者的对接时间;改进协作工具,让自由职业者和企业围绕着项目展开对话和协作等。同时 Elance-oDesk 还打算进一步加强市场扩张。 

Elance-oDesk scores $30M to help more freelancers work in their pajamas 

(Dec.1, 2014,/HRoot.com/)Freelancers and the Internet are a perfect pair. Today, online workplace Elance-oDesk announced it has raised $30 million to help more freelancers work online. Last December, freelancer marketplaces Elance.com and oDesk merged but kept their separate brands. Elance CEO Fabio Rosati became head of the combined company, while oDesk CEO Gary Swart became a strategic advisor. Both sites focus on freelance jobs that can be conducted remotely, such as software programming, writing, customer service, administrative support, and marketing.The new money will be used to fulfill the company’s vision of “building an online workplace for the world and, in doing so, reimagining work,” CEP Fabio Rosati told VentureBeat. 

That includes “expanding our investments in data science to ensure professionals can find each other effectively and create the best possible matches for their work relationships,” he said. The new money will also be invested in new features to support collaboration, and in promoting Elance-oDesk’s Private Talent Cloud, which creates private teams for companies. 

According to the report, Elance-oDesk generates more than $900 million in freelancer earnings and serves 9.3 million registered freelancers in more than 180 countries.  

The new funding was raised in a round led by Benchmark, with participation from current investors T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, NEA, and the Stripes Group. The company noted that this is their first round as a combined company. Previously, Elance and oDesk have raised $138.8 million combined. Although there are other freelancer sites like Guru.com, iFreelance, and the venerable Craigslist, Rosati told us that Elance-oDesk’s key competitors are traditional staffing firms that handle “contingent work.” But his company has the online advantage of being able “to scale up and down much more on demand,” he said, while providing access to a worldwide talent pool instead of a traditional agency’s more limited local pool. 

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