How to bootstrap your Business with Online Freelancers
On this Tuesday, you will get a taste of the what the human cloud is, how they can take advantage of it when building and running their startup, which jobs and roles they can source for and work with online, what the benefits are, some examples of virtual and hybrid organizations and how they easily can get started with in the human cloud.
Steffen Hedebrandt, Client Marketing Manager, Elance.com
Mads Schjølin, Founder & Partner, Drinkster.dk
Rasmus Groth, Founder & CEO, Veridu.com
As an added bonus, everyone who attends and creates an Elance account get $50 of services for free, ideal for any cash strapped startup!
As Chief of Operations at VintageandRare.com, a Copenhagen based IT-Startup, Steffen quickly realized that if there are two things a StartUp never have enough of, it is money and time. Inspired by Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Work week, Steffen found a solution to this challenge. Through Elance.com he built a global team of freelancer who were ready to work when needed and at competitive rates.
Architect by trade, entrepreneur by heart. Married with two kids, based in Copenhagen. Started Bit Studios in 2004(sold 2007). Then built Ahead.com (sold 2010). Built Nuffly.com and now Veridu.com - a powerful yet friendly eID solution.
I've worked with offshore IT outsourcing since 2004, presumably making me an "early adopter". My ventures into small offshore based IT projects induced me to travel to India in 2005 to experience the culture first-hand. Subsequently, I worked for various consulting companies (CapGemini, Netcompany and finally Deloitte) with a mix of IT outsourcing and IT management consulting. Towards the end of my "corporate career" I've worked with business strategy consulting.In 2012 I co-founded Drinkster.dk, an eCommerce startup and received funding from Just Eat-founder Jesper Buch. In this context, I'm managing a team of Indian developers hired through Elance plus an array of specialist freelancers.
Elance is a global, online, staffing platform where companies can hire independent freelance professionals and use online collaboration tools to manage teams and projects. Independent contractors create online profiles and portfolios, submit proposals for jobs, and collaborate and receive payment through the Elance website.
Inspired by a 1998 Harvard Business Review article titled "The Dawn of the E-Lance Economy", the founders of Elance saw a need for technology capable of supporting virtual work and the first version of the site was launched in 1999. Two years later Elance introduced a vendor management system (VMS) for contractors and third-party services used by large enterprises. In 2006 Elance sold its enterprise software division and began the development of its current web-based platform for online, contingent work.
As of February 2013, Elance is used by approximately 500,000 businesses and 2 million registered freelance professionals, who have collectively earned nearly $700 million to date.
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