CloudBeat 2013

The cloud takes aim at $300B market for talent

According to Accenture, enterprises worldwide now spend an estimated $300 billion per year on independent workers, and the cloud plays an increasingly important role in that market.


Freelance marketplace Elance secures $16M in funding

Elance, a freelance marketplace that connects clients and freelancers, announced Tuesday it has raised $16 million in funding. Stripes Group led the funding, with participation from New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.


How online freelancing is changing the bootstrap ethos

Fire extinguisher inspector David Kneer bought an iPad so he could generate paperless inspections in the field. Then he hit a snag: The PDF inspection reports were unnecessarily lengthy and Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, prevented him from deleting individual PDF pages on his iPad. Kneer decided to make an app to solve his problem, which he did with help from a freelancer named Maverick26.