Australia's Freelancer.com acquires Polish jobs marketplace Zlecenia
With the acquisition deal in place, Freelancer.com’s Polish marketplace will double its user baseBy Elaine Huang 20 Mar, 2014
Australia-based jobs marketplace Freelancer.com announced this morning that it has acquired Polish counterpart Zlecenia.przez.net (which translates to ‘work through the net’). The amount has not been disclosed.
With the acquisition deal, Freelancer will integrate Zlecenia’s 85,000 users into a regional website (http://www.freelancer.pl), which will support transactions in local currency Zloty and the Polish language. It will be serviced by a support team on the ground. At the moment, Freelancer has 82,500 Polish users.
According to an official statement, there have been 1.1 million proposals sent to 115,000 projects posted on Zlecenia. Founders Karol Kruzelecki and Slawomir Magdziarz had started the company in 2004, when they were still studying.
“The acquisition of Zlecenia.przez.net continues our commitment to creating a global marketplace where small business and freelancers can work together on any job, in any country, in any language, at any time,” said Matt Barrie, CEO, Freelancer.
Willix Halim, VP of Growth, Freelancer, told e27 that India is still the startup’s biggest market, in terms of the number of freelancers on the platform.
Last year, Freelancer had filed for initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), and saw its share price soar to A$2.60 (US$2.34) upon debuting.