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Stephane is the perfect CEO for Upwork...his days at Odesk gave him deep institutional knowledge into the inner-workings of the gig economy. He has a deep understanding of the business model at Upwork and has steered the company in a fantastic direction. My bets are on Stephane long-term, he's a winning horse.
If it were possible to leave 6 stars Stephane would deserve it. As the product visionary at oDesk, Stephane stuck with the merger between eLance and oDesk to form Upwork. Thereafter Stephane ascended to the role of CEO and has never looked back.
In my opinion, Stephane is the CEO of a truly revolutionary platform. Upwork is just getting started and is set to change the world.
Continuously impressed by Stephane's work ethic. He is a force of nature.
While Stephane has emerged as one of the great leaders at Upwork, he is not the founder of the platform and I question to the level that he is an entrepreneur. That is not a bad thing per se, as he is a good CEO and face of the business.
It's my personal belief that it is critical for a founding entrepreneur to stay involved in a technology startup, especially during an IPO phase.
Think Microsoft without Bill Gates, Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, or Google without Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In my opinion Stephane should bring one of the founders from eLance or Odesk back onto the team, give him stock, and have him continue to work on the Upwork product.
Stephane is one of the most unique entrepreneurs that I've ever witnessed. He is one of those guys that you just know will be successful no matter what. He is brilliant but down to earth. He is intelligent but fierce. His path has had many twists and turns, and alas, he finds himself as CEO of one of the strongest unicorns out there. We shall see where his future lies, but I wouldn't be surprised to see UpWork increase 10x in value in the next 10 years.
As both an early IPO investor in Upwork and an avid user, I can tell you first hand that Stephane is 100% the man to be running Upwork. He has assembled a world class team around him and is a true product visionary.
Upwork is the future and Stephane Kariel is just the guy to lead it there.
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