November 12–13, 2015  •  San Francisco, CA
Stephane Kasriel

Stephane Kasriel
CEO, Upwork


Quotes from Stephane

We’ve entered a new chapter of work in which technology is making it easier for people to find work faster and reach beyond the Industrial Era time and place boundaries we’ve been held back by.

The Internet and mobile tech is changing the game by creating a virtual road into work. As a result, people are less willing to trade money for life balance.

The future of work is a more flexible one in which professionals will be more in control of their own destiny. More than a third of the U.S. workforce is freelancing already—people are realizing that to be independent is to be empowered.


As CEO of Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), the world’s largest freelance talent marketplace, Stephane is in a unique position to innovate how people work together. Previously the company’s top tech executive, he built a distributed team of hundreds of engineers located around the world. Stephane applies his learnings to help people build their own teams so that they can overcome talent gaps, create more job opportunities, and give rise to a flexible work future. Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, a master’s from Stanford in computer science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Learn more about his perspective in this Q&A on Bloomberg View.

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