Upwork CEO and co-founder Max Levchin is no stranger to making big decisions.
But in the past, he said, his company’s focus was always more on helping people who were working with their families.
The new venture, which is launching in the U.S. on Friday, is trying to change that.
Levchin said in an interview with the Financial Times that it was his hope that his startup could eventually help people “make the kind of money they can afford to do with their own money.”
In the future, he hopes that the platform would become an “open marketplace,” where freelancers could find jobs.
The company is looking for an average of 20 people per day to be its employees.
Upwork is owned by Levchin and his wife, Yael, and is the largest paid freelancer site on the Internet, with more than 7 million users.
Levchins company has raised $40 million in funding to date.
Levins family started Upwork in 2009, when he started as a programmer for Microsoft’s MSN.
He was fired from his job after he quit to work on his own website.
Levichins first website was a photo-sharing site called Flickr.
In 2010, he launched a social networking site called Facebook for entrepreneurs, called Hipchat.
Levchat closed in 2015.
Levchuk was in the same boat.
After working at Yahoo for five years, he left to work for Upwork.
“I just felt like the idea that we could create a platform that could help people make the kind, kind of, better decisions that they wanted to make for their own families just didn’t exist,” Levchin told the Financial Post in an email.
Levkits business model changed in 2014.
He realized that many people were looking for freelancers to help them with their home life, finances and even their relationships.
“We were just seeing the opposite of what we wanted: that a lot of people were trying to work out their problems in a professional way, and that was just not something we were comfortable with,” Levchuk told the newspaper.
Up work for an hour, plus tax, and then you pay for it all up front. “
The way we think about it is, we help people solve their problems and make a lot less money for themselves than they would have with us,” Levchis co-founders told the FT.
Up work for an hour, plus tax, and then you pay for it all up front.
The startup’s first business was in marketing, but Levchuk decided to make the site a full-fledged platform, where people could work with other freelancers.
Levachis new company, Upwork International, will offer an app that will let people send photos, videos and other files to each other, with no upfront payment.
In the coming months, Up work will become a marketplace, where freelancer sites can compete to attract customers.
Levkin said that Upwork will be able to attract a “significant number of companies that were previously not going to be able access their own networks.”
Upwork has a large following, and Levchys company is the first to use the platform in the United States.
Levchenko said that the startup has already received “over $1 million” in new business.
The news comes just days after Upwork announced that it will offer free video and audio calls to existing Upwork users.
The service will be available to those who sign up for a free trial in the coming weeks.
In addition to the video calls, Upworks new service will offer up to six months of free video content.
“If we can reach this kind of audience, it will be a tremendous success,” Levchenko told the Wall Street Journal.
They want to talk to their family members and friends and people that they have never spoken to in their lives before,” he added.