Outsourcing · Elance

Upwork has a lot of noise, do you think bringing in a new base like it, is required?

Anonymous

October 22nd, 2015

I have seen a lot of dissatisfied companies, developers, freelancers who are at their end of tolerance with Elance, Upwork. I feel that there should be a base which is as wide as these, with less noise and more clarity. 
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Cheryl Gentry CEO | Founder, Glow Media

October 24th, 2015

I used eLance for years and recently used Upwork; and didn't like it at all.  The user interface is awful.  It's more difficult to find portfolios and ratings of freelancers. 

Damien Filiatrault Software Architect and Strategy Consultant

October 22nd, 2015

What do you mean exactly by bringing in a new base?

Mark Galvan ★ Chief Strategy Officer ★ Executive Leader ★ Innovator ★ Value Creator ★ Author ★ Speaker ★ [LION]

October 22nd, 2015

I could not agree more with this conversation thread. We are in the process of updating our comparative analysis of the capabilities of the major crowdsourcing platforms and Upwork has destroyed it's user experience. Furthermore, and more alarming, in conversations I've had with oDesk/Elance executive leadership, they are squarely focused on leveraging their existing model instead of innovating, or better, attempting to disrupt themselves.

The environment is indeed perfect for a new entrant with enhanced capabilities. Because the timing is right, we are now in the process of completing the specifications for that new global replacement platform so our DEV team can fine-tune an implementation timeline. We already received a commitment of funding from the first angel that saw our pitch because the basis of our platform will not be niche-specific, but rather leverage several strategies making it difficult to compete with or replicate (see Michael Porter's Five Forces of Competitive Strategy).

Don't compete, innovate!

Michael Brill Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products

October 22nd, 2015

What does everyone hate about Upwork? I found the UX non-intuitive and dislike the fact that you are required to specify a budget (what? really? 90% of responses come in at my budget number??)... but there seems to be some more significant issues. What are they?

Mark Galvan ★ Chief Strategy Officer ★ Executive Leader ★ Innovator ★ Value Creator ★ Author ★ Speaker ★ [LION]

October 24th, 2015

I don't want to disparage any real competitor, particularly the world's largest guerilla in this space, but I suspect that there is a fundamentally flawed corporate perspective when the focus is on shareholder value instead of making a difference and facilitating socio-economic change and empowerment.

Ironically, the upwork.com domain is now down as of this posting. Users are given this message right now (3:00 pm CST):

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Rest assured that time logged through the Team App will be recorded. 
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Additional frustrations are mounting and being socialized here:

https://collegetimes.co/upwork-sucks/

Stefan Smiljkovic Founder at Vanila.io - Web Studio

October 25th, 2015

I used artwork for last few years both as contractor and as a client. I can say its better then Freelance.com, which give you bad insight of tracked data.

Upwork platform is very slow, so that is one of their biggest disadvantages.


Taj Sateesh CEO at Sphinx Resources--The Preferred Recruitment Partners in Hi-Technology R&D & Manufacturing

October 22nd, 2015

I am with Damien--what do you mean by 'bringing in a new base'?
Are you enquiring about any ideas to bring-out a startup to replace/replicate elance/odesk/upwork?

Johann Tagle Database architect and application developer

October 22nd, 2015

I also would like to know more what you think is wrong with Upwork.  I've been using it as a contractor since 2011 to earn extra to fund my projects.  Ever since the move from oDesk to Upwork, the main problem thing I've seen are some stability issues (more outages).  This is critical, of course - but what else do you see?

Anton Bakerjian Entrepreneur - Communications Expert - Business Leader

October 25th, 2015

We are currently working on developing a free-lance based portal, that takes things from the project point of view, rather than just a communication enabler.

Stay tuned !

Edward M. Yang

October 22nd, 2015

I've used eLance heavily for years, both as a contractor and as a client. I'm a bit hesitant regarding this upcoming transition to Upwork. In my opinion, eLance is by far the best of the sites that I've tried.