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We’re excited! Today we announced that we’ve signed an agreement to merge with Elance.

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Evan M Member Since: Oct 26, 2013
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It sounds like Elance is basically absorbing oDesk, which is unfortunate, because I like everything about oDesk more.
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Tatevik S Member Since: Nov 25, 2010
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I prefer odesk from Elance, I am freelancer already 5 years, and I was able to find job in Elance only once , whereas I found different job opportunities in Odesk...In Odesk I can free apply to all job categories whereas in Elance I am restricted just to one category at a time...
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Sunaina S Member Since: Sep 6, 2009
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For me this is not a good news, i don't like elance..
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Boaz N Member Since: Aug 3, 2009
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Your idea behind the merge is a good one, but only for YOU not freelancers. There is a reason why I like oDesk and HATE Elance. If you take away the choice I have in deciding which marketplace to use, then imitating Amazon and iTunes will FAIL. This is going to open up a new market place that will kill your new venture. I love oDesk, it's buggy yes but I prefer it to ELance. I have accounts on both sites but never used the ELance one, reason. It's not userfriendly. Imagine someone looking for an online job and has to PAY before they can look for work? This is a bad idea and if it eventually materializes into a company, I am creating a marketplace that is better at focusing on freelancers and making their lives easier than just milking money from them. This is one of the worst ideas ever.
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Rao Muhammad R Member Since: Jun 17, 2009
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Hi CEO, I am Rao Muhammad Rafique using Odesk as freelancer. I am wondering why you are merging Odesk with Elance? I have read the Q&A thread and the summary for the moment is this that mostly the freelancers are not happy with the merger on loosing Odesk personal identity. Same thing happened with The CEO Ian Ippolito did the same thing. He merged the Vworker with Freelancer. However the Worker itself was the best platform for freelancers. And it resulted in the situation that most of the freelancers and employers left away since the merger took place. I am just a little freelancers neither any HR or business analyst, but I am sure the same thing will happen to both of you . There are lot of people on odesk who love Odesk than Elance like me, will eventually leave the Odesk and of course there will be many people who love Elance than Odesk they will also leave. My respected CEO, please don't loose your personal identity. There are millions of freelancers and employers who love Odesk. I am one of those. Please arrange a survey on Odesk regarding the Merger and soon you will realize that there are millions of freelancers and employers who love to work with Odesk only. This is all for now. Looking forward. Hope to hear from you soon. Best Regards, Rao Muhammad Rafique ** *"removed by admin"
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Arif H Member Since: Nov 26, 2013
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Natacha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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[quote=Boaz N.] I love oDesk, it's buggy yes[/quote] :bigsmile: Speaking of bugs, I constantly have problems with oDesk > YIKES! Our servers are on overdrive and this page is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later! OR gateway timeout, and many other error messages. I always use Elance to check, and this way make sure it's not my internet. One tab for oDesk and one for Elance > This frustrates me. I still love oDesk, but something needs to be done about the bugs. Maybe CEO Fabio will bring Elance engineer team to oDesk, they could use some help. Still not happy about this merge thing, but it looks like this is really going to happen, they have signed an let's look at the good side? Smiley Sad
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Joseph C Member Since: Nov 5, 2011
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I don't mind the servers going down as much as i very much dislike what i consider childish descriptions of a problem with them. Like yahoo mail with their freaking 'tidy' message. To me those types of messages do not belong on what is suppose to be professional site.
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Tony H Member Since: Nov 10, 2011
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Very cool! Explains a lot about what has been going on lately with oDesk
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Bob H Member Since: Feb 18, 2009
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I have been very successful on oDesk and use it for 90% of my contracting. I love oDesk. Please, do not adopt any of elance's practices.