CSW Crowd chatWhat is Crowdsourcing Week’s new year resolution? Well, one is to deepen the online dialogue about crowdsourcing, and we’ll be ramping up our #CrowdChat schedule in 2013 to bring you a number of industry experts for insightful, accessible chats on the powerful potential of crowdsourcing in today’s fast-changing environment. Our next chat will take place Wednesday, January 9, at 8pm EST featuring a very special guest Rich Pearson of Elance.

thumbs_pearson_rich_webAs Chief Marketing Officer at Elance, Rich leads the global marketing for an online marketplace that connects 2 million freelancers with paid projects for over 500,000 businesses. He has an extensive career working with global consumer brands and small start-ups. Prior to joining Elance, Rich led marketing and business development at Posterous through its acquisition by Twitter and previously held senior marketing positions at Yahoo!, Attributor, Homestead, Segasoft and Del Monte Foods.

We’re very happy to have Rich ring in the new year with us on our first 2013 #CrowdChat. Get a peek below at the questions we’ll be asking–and prepare to ask some of your own!

Party Details:

What: Twitter chat with Rich Pearson: What is the Future of Freelancing?
When: Wednesday, January 9, 8pm EST
Where: Twitter hashtag #CrowdChat
Who to Follow/Panelists: @pearsonisms @lplus, @crowdasia, @rskemps
Moderators: @Crowdweek
Brand: @Elance

A few of the topics we will cover:
Q1. Today the job market experiencing a wave of change. What’s the biggest transformation you think we’ll see in the next decade?
Q2. What is Elance and what role does it play in the job market evolution?
Q3. Where is this new resource pool finding its niche and providing the greatest competitive advantage?
Q4. How do skilled workers perceive freelancing today? Who comprises this workforce that’s competing for online jobs?
Q5. What areas of work are more naturally abundant on Elance? Are you seeing this evolve?
Q6. You’ve said businesses are becoming more comfortable hiring from the cloud. Why?
Q7. Elance fills an impressive 800,000 jobs a month. Is the move away from salaried positions win-win for employers and employees?
Q8. Is crowdsourcing work part of a solution for the unemployed and underemployed?
Q9. What are the main challenges in maintaining competitive pay and fulfilling work projects for freelancers?
Q10. Now, a personal question 🙂 You’ve led many tech companies in wildly successful marketing endeavors. Ever tapped into the knowledge of the crowd in your marketing efforts?

Join us on Jan 9, 2013 at 8 pm EST on Twitter