Gary Swart joined oDesk in 2005 as CEO and led the company for over 8 years, turning into the market leader in the online work industry. It was the first workplace to reach $1 billion in work, and has over 5 million freelancers and thousands of jobs posted daily. Gary led the company through a merger with #2 player eLance before leaving to join Polaris.
In this Episode, Part II of our conversation, he shares with us the importance of focus in a company, iterating quickly, why he thinks being an execepreneur is a good idea – and why he’s ok being hit by a pitch.
- You started to discuss focus last week and how that was critical for oDesk – can you give us examples of tradeoffs you had to make?
- What are your thoughts about Executives taking the leap to entrepreneurship, similar to your situation?
- What’s the one thing you’d leave our Execepreneur audience with?
- Focus Deux: Gary expanded on last week’s comments around focus with specific examples of how a lack of focus has hurt (Intellibank) and how crisp focus has helped (oDesk)
- No Regrets: If you are going to regret not taking the leap – it’s likely the right thing to do to take it.
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