Elance Going Away: Transition to Upwork
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This week I received an email from Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance-oDesk. (You can read Fabio’s email here.)
My eyes usually perk up when I see something from him appear in my inbox. Honestly, I’m always a little nervous to open these types of emails. Considering that I wrote a book about how to use oDesk and considering that at least 80% of this blog talks about oDesk, I’m secretly paranoid that they’re going to say that oDesk is no longer is called oDesk (what an SEO nightmare!).
Anyway, this email from Fabio certainly contained some big news. Perhaps the most notable was that it appears Elance users will be transitioning to oDesk.
From the oDesk support page:
Why will all of these initiatives be concentrated on the oDesk platform?
Currently, releasing these initiatives on both platforms at the same time is not feasible. We have chosen to concentrate them on oDesk and are building a bridge so that Elance freelancers and clients can experience these improvements right away. Within a year or two we will have a new platform where everyone will access the latest innovations at the same time.
When, exactly, will we begin to see these initiatives that you’ve mentioned?
The first wave of innovations that Fabio mentioned are planned for 2015. We’ll share details and specific timing about each as we get closer to introducing them on oDesk.
What does this mean for the future of Elance?
We greatly value the Elance community and will continue to support the current Elance platform. We will provide the Elance community with ample notice when the new platform is ready for business.
Here’s my quick take on this.
What’s your take? Am I reading too much into this email? I’d love to get your take on the matter. Comment below.