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

I have seen alot 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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Eoin Matthews
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Eoin Matthews Entrepreneur
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Elance was fine.

Upwork, as a product, is a huge step backward. They've messed that up so badly that it might be the death of odesk/elance.

Lots of room for competition and , consequently, there is lots of competition. There are tons of upstarts carving out segments of freelance work (specific verticals, quality/price points, automation) so there's obviously some consensus that the job could be done better.
Damien Filiatrault
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Damien Filiatrault Entrepreneur
Software Architect and Strategy Consultant
What do you mean exactly by bringing in a new base?
Edward M. Yang
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Edward M. Yang Entrepreneur
Managing Partner at Firecracker PR
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.
Kawika Maszak
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Kawika Maszak Advisor
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If Elance is smart, its leadership will continue to test and iterate Upwork to determine whether it is where they want to migrate and consolidate. The critical factor here is their objective. Are they making this move because it's better for them, or better for their customers?

If it's the former, their customers will move on.

It's easier (and better) to be king of the mountain because your customers love you, rather than because they don't have a better alternative. There is always going to be an alternative - in in this case the customer base is comprised of entrepreneurs for the most part: just the sort who come up with an alternative to disrupt the status quo.
Taj Sateesh
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Taj Sateesh Entrepreneur
CEO at Sphinx Resources--The Preferred Recruitment Partners in Hi-Technology R&D & Manufacturing
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?
Mark Galvan
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Mark Galvan Entrepreneur
★ Chief Strategy Officer ★ Executive Leader ★ Innovator ★ Value Creator ★ Author ★ Speaker ★ [LION]
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 ofCompetitiveStrategy).

Don't compete, innovate!

Michael Brill
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Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
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?
Johann Vincent Paul Tagle
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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?
Nish De Silva
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Nish De Silva Entrepreneur
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As a Freelancer i can say this is a terrible move. They already lost many good buyers and sellers. As the first commentator states elance was much better than Odesk at that time.

Odesk had lot of time wasters and cheating buyers but very few in elance.

Now they have messed both together and ruined the system. I hope this will be the damn end of ELANCE and ODEK and UPWORK.

Cheryl Gentry
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Cheryl Gentry Advisor
CEO | Founder, Glow Media
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.
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