What They Dont Teach You At Stanford Business School

Stuff you can't learn in B-school: LARRY CHIANG

Elance -> upwork

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Hi Larry,

I’m writing to share that we will soon wind down the Elance platform and invite customers to join the Upwork community. As we sharedearlier this year, the decision to focus on a single platform was difficult but ultimately necessary to help our customers, and company, achieve greater success.

The Elance community is incredibly important to us and we will make it as easy as possible for you to copy your Elance reputation to Upwork so you can keep working without interruption. Your invitation to join Upwork will be sent by early September. Also, when you work on Upwork with freelancers you hired on Elance, we’ll honor the same fee as before.

Important dates for Elance clients:

  • In early August, new customers will no longer be able to register for Elance.
  • Starting in September, we’ll begin to limit the ability to post new jobs on Elance.
  • Through early 2016, you can continue your current projects on Elance. However, we encourage you to begin all new contracts on Upwork and move existing contracts to Upwork when possible.
  • Through mid-2016, you will still be able to access your messages, contacts, and files on Elance.

Upwork has already proven to be a rewarding marketplace for clients who are able to hire more quickly from a larger pool of experienced freelancers. We’re also working to deliver innovations to hire more rapidly: mobile apps are now available for iOS and Android and a new messaging tool enables real-time collaboration.

Thank you for your business on Elance. We appreciate your patience during this transition and look forward to welcoming you to the Upwork community. You can read more about this announcement on our blog.

Best regards,
Stephane Kasriel
CEO, Upwork


Written by Larry Chiang

July 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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