Exceptional Magazine : 2012 Exceptional Magazine
Photography: idGroup "I like to do things differently and question authority." Matt Barrie, Freelancer.com As Chief Executive of Freelancer.com, the world's largest outsourcing marketplace, Matt Barrie empowers entrepreneurs and connects over three million professionals from around the globe. Meet the 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year Technology category winner. Freelancer.com allows small business owners to get jobs done by outsourcing to entrepreneurs in the developing world. "It's about using technology to connect people who are looking to provide a service with those who need it, at a reasonable price and in an innovative way," Barrie says. Over 1.4 million projects have been outsourced through Freelancer.com, providing livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in economies where work is desperately needed. Freelancer.com started in 2009 when Barrie bought GetAFreelancer.com, a Swedish marketplace with 500,000 users and ranked as the 5,000th biggest website in the world. Improving the business model and using the cash fow to buy a number of regional marketplaces in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and United States, Barrie has grown Freelancer.com into a household name in the developing world. It now ranks among the top 250 websites globally. For 10 years Barrie has lectured on entrepreneurship to engineering students at the University of Sydney and says he became an entrepreneur by default. "I often joke that I'm fundamentally unemployable," he Free says. "I like to do things differently and question authority. I fgured out that I would have to create a job for myself if I was going to get anywhere." Barrie's goal for Freelancer.com is for it to be the next eBay, but for services. The company achieved revenue growth of 104% compound for the last two years and turnover of US$23.5 million in 2010. Barrie intends to keep driving growth aggressively until he has built a billion-dollar company. agent The judges said: "Matt Barrie has rapidly built a global outsourcing business with enormous growth prospects. It provides opportunities for entrepreneurs in the developing world, and choice and cost savings to small business owners. Freelancer.com has the potential to be a global brand akin to Google and eBay."
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