oDesk and Elance – is Going to Merge Together

Both Elance and oDesk users should already get a special mail from respective company today. On the mail to oDesk users “Gary Swart” oDesk CEO confirms it’s users that oDesk and Elance are going to be merge totally after 4 months and they have signed have signed an agreement for that. They seems excited on this new merging as there would be new combined investment for technology and marketing that can bring in more sales and reputation.

oDesk and Elance is merging together

Well- most of the cases when two reputable and widely used company like these merges together brings a significant changes to it’s user base and company policy. Though it is been assured that there wouldn’t be a too much hassle for both freelancers and clients after merging and they can continue work as before.

These are the two mails I am adding respectively:-  First one is from oDesk CEO.

I’m thrilled to announce that we have signed an agreement to merge with Elance! We couldn’t be more excited and wanted to take this opportunity to share what this means for you.

First things first—you can continue to work with your clients on oDesk just as before. The existing websites, odesk.com and elance.com, will continue to operate as two separate platforms.

Why, then, are we putting the two companies together?

The answer is pretty simple: we think we can do a better job for you this way. Both companies are inspired by a similar vision of delivering the best online work experience possible.

The merger has not yet closed, but here are the kinds of things you can look forward to:

    • Significant technology investments. This includes tools for more successful job applications, seamless online collaboration, better mobile support and freelancer skills development.
    • Higher quality results. With our combined expertise in engineering and data science, you will enjoy a host of quality improvements, such as superior job recommendations over time.
    • Participation in how we evolve. There’s never been a better time to have your voice heard, and we are committed to integrating the changes most important to you. Please email me personally at garyeswart@odesk.com with your likes, dislikes, suggestions, and comments about oDesk—and about Elance if you’ve tried it, too. We’ll reflect your feedback in future innovations and share back what you’ve taught us in an upcoming blog post.

This Q&A should help answer any questions you may have. And please keep in mind that the merger won’t be official until we meet all closing conditions, probably about four months from now. In the meantime, you have my promise that we will work harder than ever to make sure that YOU, our freelancers, truly love the way you work!

Kind regards,
Gary Swart
oDesk CEO

And this one is from Elance

Dear Valued Freelancer,

I’m writing today with some exciting news: Elance and oDesk have signed an agreement to merge with each other.  This is clearly big news, and I wanted to give you my perspective on what it means for you and why we decided to do it.

First, I want to make sure that you know that we plan to continue to operate two separate platforms at elance.com and odesk.com, respectively.

As for why we made the decision to merge, our motivation is pretty simple—we want to deliver you the best online freelancing experience possible. We plan to do this by making significant investments in technology, including tools for a more effective job search, seamless online collaboration and improved mobile accessibility. Also, with deeper expertise in data science, you will benefit from improved personalization and user experience.  Please do note that the merger is still subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, and we expect it to close in the next four months or so.

I understand that this is a big change and you may have additional questions. Please visit the most Frequently Asked Questions on our website. And if you have suggestions on how we can make our service even better, please send me an email directly at Fabio.Rosati@elance.com.

Finally, thank you for trusting Elance with your freelancing career. We look forward to providing you with more opportunities to work differently.

Warm Regards,
Fabio Rosati
CEO, Elance

As you can see both of the mails are saying almost the same thing and they have made a FAQ for the curios readers. What I have seen after reading this two FAQ’s [that is also almost same] is that you can continue to work as you are doing and they will inform us once there is any new update on this.

This FAQ is not fully developed yet.

The company name is going to be changed and this is obviously happening. So, how can they tell both platform’s freelancers can continue working normally? What will be the brand name then?

Another important thing is if a freelancer has account both in Elance and oDesk then after the merging what will happen to his account and also some question will arise due to the privacy policy of the merging.

Elance charges there freelancers a fee to be an upgraded member while oDesk is totally free of charges to search for jobs and applying. So, When the changes comes there will be significant improvement in the new platform and many of the freelancers and clients are not going to be happy.

Well, for the time being I can only hope that the life of the online work is going to get a massive push in the year of 2014.

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