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CEO of oDesk (Gary Swart) Discusses Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Gary Swart, CEO of, will discuss lean startup in the enterprise by focusing on his lessons learned, and what helped him to grow oDesk to now 5 million freelance workers from 180 countries.

Gary wants this to be an active discussion so please come with some great questions. 

6:30 pm - Doors open networking
7:15 pm - Gary's Talk 8:00 pm - Q&A, Discussion
8:15 pm - Networking @ Rose & Crown (

About Gary:

Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, a leading online workplace—which has more than 5 million freelancers and one million clients, and on which more than $1 billion of work has been done. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students.

Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference in 2010 and 2011, and at Harvard Business School which teaches a case study on oDesk. His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, includingBBC, National Public Radio, and the Fox Business program “After the Bell.”

Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and also served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization.

Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

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  • Jack P.

    I really enjoyed the discussion and getting to know you Gary. Very good background and advice.

    April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stories from the trenches are usually the best. His were from deep in the trenches, with grenades flying overhead. Does not get a whole lot better than that.

    March 28, 2014

  • David H.

    Gary is very passionate about what he does and that translates to the room and therefore energy was very good. I like that instead of going through a prepared in advance slidedeck, which is usually ends up being a rehash of things heard many times, that he asked and responded to what audience wanted to hear. Small group format was also good. Maybe only recommendation would be to keep with Lean Startup theme try to mention more real world experiences a la Steve Blank and Eric Ries in the intro part of the talk. Overall leaned some things and good use of time. Will go again.

    March 28, 2014

  • Marat S.

    Thankful for such an honest account from an experienced entrepreneur

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary was a great speaker. He connected with the audience and sincerely delivered what they were looking for.

    March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been to a few startup meetups ;) this one had particularly good content-thanks Gary

    March 27, 2014

  • Doug G.

    Excellent! Very good advice; surprisingly actionable.

    March 27, 2014

  • Phil M.

    Exceptional Presentation

    March 27, 2014

  • Chida

    Like to join

    March 26, 2014

  • Marat S.

    Software developer interested in web startups

    March 24, 2014

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