Freelancer.com - Executive of the Year - Business or Professional Services
Company: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
Company Description: Ten-time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and projects posted. 28 million registered users have posted over 9.6 million projects and contests to date in over 1000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, astrophysics, aerospace engineering and manufacturing.
Nomination Category: Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Business or Professional Services
Nomination Title: Matt Barrie, CEO
Tell the story about what this nominated executive has achieved since 1 January 2017 (up to 650 words). Describe the impact he or she has had on your organization. Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.
Under Matt Barrie’s leadership as Chief Executive Officer, Freelancer.com delivered record financial results for 2017: the company registered a revenue of $50.3million, with Gross Payment Volume of $588 million, Operating EBITDA also closed at $-3.7million, with Operating Net Profit, of $-3.8million.
Freelancer.com launched Freelancer Enterprise in Dec 2017, enabling large organisations to flexibly scale their workforce in real-time with tailor-made features that provide transparency, control, talent management and compliance, together with the ability to scale adoption across the organization.
Freelancer.com ? also announced the release of the ?Freelancer AP?I in December 2017, bringing a direct and easy connection between man and machine. People can use the Freelancer API to access a cloud workforce of skilled freelancers from their website, app or software. It allows software for the first time to send complex tasks such as real engineering or problem solving to humans, retrieve the results, and pay for the completed work.
The company has now over 28 million registered users and more than 13 million posted projects, making it the largest online jobs platform in the world by the number of users and projects.
Through Barrie’s vision and perseverance, 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 such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Freelancer continues to expand internationally, with the growth of its Sydney, Manila, London, Vancouver and San Francisco offices.
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.
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.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this nominated executive since the beginning of 2017.
-Under Matt Barrie’s leadership, Freelancer.com registered a revenue of $50.3 million in 2017
-Freelancer has expanded globally, with the growth of its offices and talent numbers in Sydney and Manila, as well as the establishment of its London, San Francisco and Vancouver offices
-Freelancer.com continues to partner with key stakeholders from the developing world, such as the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology, to educate underprivileged professionals