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Crowdsourcing Week Speaks with Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com

Crowdsourcing Week Speaks with Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com

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Published by: Crowdsourcing.org on May 05, 2012
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03/12/2014

 
 ByRamon Nuez,Published May 4, 2012
Matt Barrie is the CEO of the largestoutsourcing marketplace
 — 
 Freelancer.com. And how large is large,well how about 3.4 million professionalsand 1.6 million projects under the
companies belt, it’s rather simple to see
why they are a leader.I had the pleasure to do an email
interview with Matt so let’s it checkout.
 
Q1: Ross Dawson explained that Freelancer.com 
is one of the “largest generalservice market places.” With that said what do you think your responsibility
is
 — 
in promoting crowdsourcing?
 
Of course, our mission is very much to promote the industry globally. We’re
working hard to inform every small business on the planet about onlineoutsourcing and crowdsourcing and to get them to try it.
Q2: “Today’s technology, specifically the Internet, empowers entrepreneurslike no other time in our history.” Is that a true statement and why?
 
Thanks to technology and the Internet, it’s never been easier— 
or cheaper
 — 
to starta company. Every business tod
ay is in some way an Internet company: you’re
either selling via a website or finding customers through the Internet. The greatthing about an Internet company is that most of the things you need to build anInternet company today are free
 — 
your webservers, operating systems, databases,
and so on. And what’s not free is cheap— 
your Internet connection, domain names,web hosting, payment gateways like Paypal
 — 
even buying ads on Google or
Facebook to promote your business. Even if you don’t know how technology
works, you can now hire freelancers inexpensively to put it all together for you
 — whether it’s a website you need, an iPhone application or even someone to build or 
manufacture a product for you.

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