Jan 28, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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This month's MeetUp will be hosted at the oDesk HQ facility. The networking reception will begin around 5:30PM, followed by the panel discussion.
Our panel will consist of Gene Zaino of MBO Partners, Jeff Wald of Work Market, and Matt Cooper of oDesk.
This MeetUp panel discussion will focus specifically on "online staffing platforms" (platforms that--in contrast to crowdsourcing and other human cloud platforms--clearly establish a 1-1 "work arrangement" relationship between a specific work user/payer and a specific work provider/payee). Platform companies like oDesk and Elance made "online staffing platforms" almost household words by bringing millions of small businesses and millions of global online freelancers. But "online staffing" has been evolving rapidly in the past couple of years. Not only can "work performed online" be enabled by these platforms, work that is performed "onsite" can also be. In addition, we are starting to see that larger enterprises can also be served (not just small businesses). As this happens, "online staffing models" begin to cross over into the traditional staffing markets of companies like Kelly, Manpower and many others. Our panel discussion is going to focus on what has been happening in this very interesting zone of intersection, what the panelists' businesses are doing there, and what kind of expectations can be formed for the future.
MBO and Work Market announced an important partnership: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11105021.htm
Work Market also recently announced this deal with SAP: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11469237.htm#!
oDesk announced a partnership with the eponymous "staffing firm" Kelly (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kelly-servicesr-and-odeskr-announce-alliance-a-first-between-a-workforce-solutions-company-and-an-online-work-platform-2013-12-12) and more recently, a planned merger with Elance (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/elance-odesk-announce-merger-181500402.html;_ylt=A0SO80jhJ7VSKnYAHvFXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTBxa3YwODBiBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAzIwMl8x)