You Can Always Get What You Want:
oDesk, Uber, and Etsy Discuss On-Demand Access to Services
The Internet has driven disruptions in just about every industry, but it has also disrupted something more fundamental — how we access what we want. The first era of online marketplaces brought fast, direct access to all types of consumer goods, including books, appliances, and electronics. But a new generation of online platforms has reimagined this model, providing on-demand, frictionless access to services provided by talented online professionals, luxury drivers, creators and curators.
At this event, moderator Niki Scevak—founder of Startmate—will lead an interactive discussion with executives from oDesk, Uber, and Etsy. Learn how all three companies have stripped away the friction of intermediaries to disrupt the service industries of staffing, transportation, and craftsmanship. Explore how your business can leverage this model to become more lean, engaged, and innovative than ever before. Please RSVP below to join our lively discussion on how oDesk, Airbnb, and Etsy are changing how the world works, rides, and creates!
Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided. UBER is glad to be sponsoring half-price rides to and from the venue. Just make sure your trip begins or ends right in front of the venue and the fare will automatically be half price. Also be sure to download the app (for iPhone or Android) and sign up for an account before the event!
Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ondemandaccess.
Niki Scevak (@nikiscevak, @startmate) Founder, Startmate
Niki Scevak is a co-founder and Managing Director at Blackbird Ventures, a firm that invests in global Internet startups being built from Australia, and the creator of Startmate, a seed accelerator that has invested in 21 Australian startups in the past three years. He was also the founder of Homethinking.com, a site that helps US homeowners choose a real estate agent to sell their home with by ranking the agents on their past sales and reviews about the job they did.
Gary Swart (@garyswart, @odesk) CEO, oDesk
Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace—which has more than 2.8 million registered contractors, and on which more than 34.5 million hours were worked in 2012 alone. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school students. Gary has spoken at the Inc. Leadership Conference, The Economist’s Ideas Economy panel, South by Southwest, TechCrunch 50, TiECon, GigaOM’s Net:Work Conference in 2010 and 2011, and at Harvard Business School which teaches a case study on oDesk. His commentary has appeared in a variety of publications including Forbes, TechCrunch and The Washington Post. He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including BBC, National Public Radio, and the Fox Business program “After the Bell.” Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and prior to that served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization. Gary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
David Rohrsheim (@rohrsh, @uber_sydney) General Manager, UBER Sydney
David recently returned from five years in Silicon Valley to launch UBER, the on-demand Hire Car service, in Sydney and across Australia. He spendthis time in San Francisco working with ambitious startup companies as a venture capitalist for Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He started his career as a network engineer in dark server rooms and then as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Sydney and London. David holds a B.Eng (1st Class Hons.) from Adelaide University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Angela D’Alton (@_angeladalton@Etsy, @EtsyAU) Australian Community Manager, Etsy
Angela D’Alton’s unique blend of creative and commercial instincts makes her natural fit for Etsy, the global marketplace for handmade and vintage goods which has over 20 million members and 800,000 active shops. Angela’s passion for the Australian creative community drove her to start up Leeloo.com.au in 2007, an online store for supporting local artists and designers. Shortly after joining Etsy in January 2012 Angela produced Etsy Success Sydney, a one day conference for creatives as part of Vivid Sydney 2012 and as the Australian Community Manager advocates for Etsy’s local creators and curators daily. Angela is passionate about transparency, authenticity and sincerity in business.