2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards Gold Winner - Freelancer.com
Company: Freelancer.com, Taguig, Philippines
Category: Award for Innovative Management in Technology Industries
Entry Title: Freelancer.com Breaks the Internet with 2015 Milestones
Matt Barrie is an Australian technology entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Freelancer.com - the world’s leading freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, with over 18 million users. Under Matt Barrie’s leadership as the Chief Executive Officer, Freelancer.com delivered outstanding financial results in 2015; last year, the company registered a Record Net Revenue of $38.6 million The company has had positive operating cashflow of $1.5 million, with exceptional growth to 18.3+ million users and 8.4 million posted projects and contests to date - with 4.4 million new users and 1.7 million new jobs in 2015.
The company also delivered record financial results through its accelerated growth. In the first half of 2015, the company had a 48% increase in net revenue, from 2014’s US$26.1 million. Gross payment volume in the first half also grew strongly to 229.3 million, up 120% compared to the prior corresponding period.
Through Barrie’s vision and perserverance and hands-on approach, Freelancer.com continues to innovatively transform the global work setup as it connects employers from developed countries, such as the US, UK, and Australia, with professionals from emerging markets like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
The launch of the Local Job feature in 2015 expands its vision of assisting professionals to look for jobs easily and quickly. Freelancer.com’s Local Jobs feature allows entrepreneurs to easily collaborate with freelancers within a 50 kilometer-radius, aside from the existing feature, which allows business owners to tap into freelancers anywhere around the world.
The company continues to assist professionals from the developing world by providing education to workers who cannot access better jobs in their areas. In the Philippines, the company has partnered with the government’s Department of Science and Technology for its Rural Impact Sourcing workshops, which aim to empower communities with skills training and knowledge on how to make money online.
Freelancer.com also has an ongoing partnership with the Malaysian government’s Multimedia Development Corporation, which provides education for Malaysia’s B40 communities. Recently, the company concluded its first round of the Train-the-Trainers program, which educated fifty (50) trainers who will be deployed across Malaysia to help underprivileged Malaysians find more online work.
Freelancer.com also owns WarriorForum.com (the world’s largest Internet Marketing forum with over 1 million members) and Escrow.com (the leading provider of secure online payments with US$2.7 billion in transaction volume to date). Freelancer.com also acquired SydStart, the largest tech and startup conference in Australia and is now running events under StartCon brand.
All of this is a testament to the commitment of Freelancer.com and its CEO Matt Barrie to empower professionals both in the developing and the developed world, and change lives in the communities in which these professionals are present.
Freelancer.com is publicly listed in ASX:FLN.
Under Matt Barrie’s leadership, Freelancer.com registered a Record Net Revenue $38.6m (up 48%)
The company also generated positive operating cashflow of $1.5m in 2015
Gross payment volume in the first half also grew strongly to 229.3 million, up 120%
Exceptional growth to 18.3+ million users and 8.4 million posted projects and contests to date - with 4.4 million new users and 1.7 million new jobs in 2015.
The company launched the Local Jobs feature, which allows employers to collaborate with freelancers within their respective towns and cities (at a 50-kilometer radius)
Freelancer.com continues to partner with key stakeholders from the developing world, such as the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology, which educates underprivileged professionals through its Rural Impact Sourcing workshops
Freelancer.com also has an ongoing partnership with the Malaysian government’s Multimedia Development Corporation, which provides education for Malaysia’s B40 communities.