oDesk founder & CEO : Getting to Millions of Users ( and $$$) per Month

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new businesses are formed - and nearly as many head to the deadpool.

How to take your business beyond the choppy waters of a startup and into the calmer seas of a multi-million dollar global business? How to became the industry leader, bringing millions of users (and dollars) to your business?

Join us to learn how oDesk overcame common startup challenges to become a multi-million dollar global company. Co-founder Odysseas Tsatalos and CEO Gary Swart will be sharing their insights on growing a business from early-stage startup to more than $16M in earnings each month.

oDesk is the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform where employers can hire, manage, and pay a flexible online workforce.  With more than 1.2 million contractors in 150 countries, oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the industry leader in remote work.

Date:Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: SNR Denton,1530 Page Mill Rd
, Palo Alto

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Speakers’ Bios:

Gary Swart, CEO,oDesk

Gary brings to oDesk a passion for helping small businesses succeed and more than 17 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before oDesk, as the VP of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank, he was responsible for building the sales organization, but Gary's enthusiasm for small businesses was born during his tenure as a Business Unit Executive for IBM's Rational Software Product Group, where he led Small and Medium Business sales for the Americas. Gary came to Rational through its merger with Pure Software, where he held sales, management and leadership positions.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Odysseas Tsatalos, Co-founder ,oDesk

Odysseas has more than a decade of experience in designing and managing research and development operations for Internet-based applications. He co-founded Intacct Corporation and, as CTO, oversaw the development of all phases of the Intacct web-based enterprise accounting system. He was also CTO and co-founder of BroadQuest Inc., where he led the transformation from an enterprise software contractor into a B2B infrastructure enabler. Previously, Odysseas was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.
Odysseas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.


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"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

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