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Microsoft POSSIBLY in talks to acquire Upwork

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Alexander B Member Since: Mar 30, 2017
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Source: https://usaherald.com/microsoft-partners-upwork-acquisition-discussions/

 

I'm not sure how trustworthy this source is, but as a copywriter I have interviewed with Microsoft several times on this platform for various gigs. The person who manages their Upwork account is actually some European woman hired through Upwork, last I checked.

 

What we do know for sure is that Microsoft has been thinking for sometime about how to launch a service similar to Upwork through Linkedin. 

 

I think Upwork is exactly what Microsoft needs to make Linkedin a success. I'll tell you one thing, if Microsoft doesn't buy Linkedin, they'll likely have to copy Upwork! 

 

PS: If anyone remembers the thread I made about the Upwork stock IPO, I've actually made a killing with their stock. Go buy yourself a symbolic share lol. (I don't think the stock comes with voting rights, but I could be wrong?) 

 

PSS: No I didn't use the search function to see if there was a thread similar to this. Woopsy

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Interesting.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Our old friend Garnor is at LinkedIn now. (He was the previous version of Lena)

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Jacqueline P Member Since: Dec 28, 2015
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Oh, really. That's good to hear.  I'm assuming that's a better job.

 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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@Alexander B wrote:

Source: https://usaherald.com/microsoft-partners-upwork-acquisition-discussions/

 

I'm not sure how trustworthy this source is, but as a copywriter I have interviewed with Microsoft several times on this platform for various gigs. The person who manages their Upwork account is actually some European woman hired through Upwork, last I checked.

 

What we do know for sure is that Microsoft has been thinking for sometime about how to launch a service similar to Upwork through Linkedin. 

 

I think Upwork is exactly what Microsoft needs to make Linkedin a success. I'll tell you one thing, if Microsoft doesn't buy Linkedin, they'll likely have to copy Upwork! 

 

PS: If anyone remembers the thread I made about the Upwork stock IPO, I've actually made a killing with their stock. Go buy yourself a symbolic share lol. (I don't think the stock comes with voting rights, but I could be wrong?) 

 

PSS: No I didn't use the search function to see if there was a thread similar to this. Woopsy


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I'm glad you've "made a killing". 

 

You've depressed me though. Why do you think Upwork+ Microsoft can "improve" LinkedIn?  For me LinkedIn is a cut above both in terms of global acceptance and freedom of movement.

 

This is a genuine question. 

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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LinkedIn is an established solid business brand; LI spent years solidifying their persona and reputation.  Neither of the parties in this 'possible merger' (or whatever you want to term it) have the solid and legitimate business cache that LI merits.  Each might have it in their area of expertize ... but going head-to-head with LI, strictly from a brand acceptance angle, neither can come close.  Not for a very long time.

 

Adding: I understand there is a thread on Reddit about if anyone cares to in investigate -

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Alexander B Member Since: Mar 30, 2017
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@Nichola

 

I don't think Upwork would dissappear as a result of any deal. What I'm hoping is that Upwork would be made more mainstream. 

 

What makes Linkedin a good brand? People hardly use it. The users on this forum are more active than the users on Linkedin lol 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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MS made Skype virtually useless to me (after using it more or less daily for more than a decade, and happily paying for certain functionality for half a decade, at least). I have neither the inclination nor the time, right now, to think about how MS's acquisition of UW might unfold. criminy

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Another Go to Meeting fan?   Smiley Wink

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Alexander B Member Since: Mar 30, 2017
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@Wendy

 

Can you please link me that reddit thread? I can't find it. 

 

Edit: Nevermind. What I learned in this thread was more enlightening.

 

 

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