Seven things you need to know about freelancers

Video Summary

Work is changing. We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and, as AI’s impact increases, much thought is being put into how we shape our future. Freelancers will play a bigger role than you realise. In this session, Upwork’s CEO and the World Economic Forum’s co-chair of the Council on the Future of Education, Gender and Work, will share eye-opening findings from brand new research on the freelance workforce. Get a sneak peek into the future of work and hear about how you can help steer it.


Kasriel is a top tech executive at the helm of the world’s largest freelancing website, Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk). Upwork is the first online business large enough to qualify for inclusion in Staffing Industry Analysts’ ranking of the top U.S. staffing firms and talent engagement firms.

Chosen to guide Upwork’s next chapter after promotion from managing the company’s global tech team of 300+ product managers, designers and engineers. Firsthand expert on tech innovation as well as hiring and working with freelancers around the world.

Lifetime technophile with 15 patents for web-related technologies, founder of two companies, and former executive at PayPal (Global Head of PayPal Consumer Products, Global Head of Mobile Business Development and Managing Director of PayPal France), Fireclick, Work4, and Zong.

MBA from INSEAD, MS in Computer Science from Stanford and BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Specialties: Staffing, innovation, building distributed tech teams, technical careers, freelancing, future of work, entrepreneurship and online marketplaces / platform strategy

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