eLance Launches Web Marketplace for Macromedia Flash Services

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from eLance Inc.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- eLance Inc. (www.eLance.com),
 the leading professional services marketplace today announced a new site for
 Macromedia Flash development and usability services.  Powered by eLance, the
 complete platform for Web-based outsourcing, the site will provide a way to
 "quick purchase" Macromedia Flash related services for a fixed-price.  This
 partnership highlights eLance's continued growth and commitment to the
 creative industry.  The marketplace, named the eLance Rich-Media Market
 (featuring Macromedia Flash services), can be found at
 http://www.elance.com/macromedia .
     The introduction of the eLance Rich Media Market provides a way for site
 publishers and Web designers to satisfy the accelerating demands of managing
 Web content, by providing quick and affordable access to high quality
 professionals for services from Web site usability evaluations to the creation
 of Macromedia Flash rich-media ads.  Visitors to the eLance Rich Media Market
 will be able to collaborate with other users all over the world, to sell and
 purchase creative services online.  Macromedia Flash content has become a
 standard for leading Web sites that want to deliver an impressive, high-impact
 Web experience.  With more than 96 percent of desktop users immediately able
 to view Macromedia Flash content, the Macromedia Flash Player is the most
 distributed software in the history of the Web.  Over the past year alone, the
 number of Macromedia Flash projects outsourced on eLance has increased by
 800 percent.
     "The eLance Rich Media Market enables Web designers and business
 professionals to leverage the broad Macromedia Flash user community to deliver
 engaging Web content without having to have in-house expertise," said
 Peter Goldie, vice president of product marketing, Macromedia.  "Services such
 as Web site usability consultation are testimony to the importance of a well
 designed Web site and adds significant value for our customers and community."
 The eLance usability evaluation will include testing against Macromedia's "Top
 10 Usability Tips for Flash Web Sites," which is available at
 http://www.macromedia.com/go/usability/ .
     The site will enable Web developers and site publishers to quickly and
 easily offer a better Web experience for their customers by offering services
 such as site usability consultation with professional designers.
     "Macromedia Flash content makes the Web a rich and interactive medium, and
 developing that content is one of the fastest growing categories in our
 professional services marketplace.  Working with Macromedia further
 strengthens our capabilities in the creative space and is a great value-add to
 our growing user base," said V. Eric Roach, chairman and chief executive
 officer of eLance.
     As part of the launch of the eLance Rich Media Market, eLance is offering
 up to 40 percent off the following services exclusively for visitors from
 Macromedia's Web site through May 15, 2001:
 
     Macromedia Flash Animating Logos-Upload a logo; get it animated in .swf
      format (Regular price $19.95, Introductory price $14.95)
     Macromedia Flash Banner Ads-Provide a design concept; get a rich media
      banner ad ready to be served at websites worldwide (Regular price
      $200.00, Introductory price $125.00)
     Macromedia Flash Usability Evaluation-Enter a site URL; get a usability
      expert to test and rate the site for usability (Regular price $250.00,
      Introductory price $175.00)
 
     About eLance
     eLance, Inc. (www.elance.com) is the leading professional services
 marketplace for Web-based outsourcing used by businesses worldwide.
 Businesses can tap into a highly qualified pool of professional talent to get
 a wide range of projects completed online -- including software development,
 Web design and development, creative services, graphic design, translation
 services, copywriting and more.  eLance provides a highly liquid marketplace
 with a broad selection of professional service providers, online collaboration
 tools, global billing and payment capabilities and a quality assurance system
 designed to maintain the high standards for which the company is known.
     As a global company with 40 percent of transactions occurring
 cross-borders, over 300,000 businesses and individuals from more than
 160 countries are registered to conduct work via the eLance network.  eLance
 has built alliances with industry leaders across a range of business sectors
 including:  eBay, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Technology Network, IBM,
 Handspring, CNET, Red Hat, Novell, NetObjects, Corel, Macromedia, Virgin and
 Lycos Asia.
     A privately held company, eLance has attracted over $65 million to date
 from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Pequot Capital
 Management, Citigroup, Integral Capital Partners, and Charter Venture Group.
 Outside directors include John Doerr and Joe Lacob from KPCB, Ram Shriram
 former VP of business development at amazon.com, and Lawrence D. Lenihan, Jr.
 from Pequot Capital Management.
 
     CONTACT:  Stephanie Huang of Edelman PR Worldwide, 650-968-4033, or
 stephanie.huang@edelman.com, for eLance Inc.
 
 

SOURCE eLance Inc.
    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- eLance Inc. (www.eLance.com),
 the leading professional services marketplace today announced a new site for
 Macromedia Flash development and usability services.  Powered by eLance, the
 complete platform for Web-based outsourcing, the site will provide a way to
 "quick purchase" Macromedia Flash related services for a fixed-price.  This
 partnership highlights eLance's continued growth and commitment to the
 creative industry.  The marketplace, named the eLance Rich-Media Market
 (featuring Macromedia Flash services), can be found at
 http://www.elance.com/macromedia .
     The introduction of the eLance Rich Media Market provides a way for site
 publishers and Web designers to satisfy the accelerating demands of managing
 Web content, by providing quick and affordable access to high quality
 professionals for services from Web site usability evaluations to the creation
 of Macromedia Flash rich-media ads.  Visitors to the eLance Rich Media Market
 will be able to collaborate with other users all over the world, to sell and
 purchase creative services online.  Macromedia Flash content has become a
 standard for leading Web sites that want to deliver an impressive, high-impact
 Web experience.  With more than 96 percent of desktop users immediately able
 to view Macromedia Flash content, the Macromedia Flash Player is the most
 distributed software in the history of the Web.  Over the past year alone, the
 number of Macromedia Flash projects outsourced on eLance has increased by
 800 percent.
     "The eLance Rich Media Market enables Web designers and business
 professionals to leverage the broad Macromedia Flash user community to deliver
 engaging Web content without having to have in-house expertise," said
 Peter Goldie, vice president of product marketing, Macromedia.  "Services such
 as Web site usability consultation are testimony to the importance of a well
 designed Web site and adds significant value for our customers and community."
 The eLance usability evaluation will include testing against Macromedia's "Top
 10 Usability Tips for Flash Web Sites," which is available at
 http://www.macromedia.com/go/usability/ .
     The site will enable Web developers and site publishers to quickly and
 easily offer a better Web experience for their customers by offering services
 such as site usability consultation with professional designers.
     "Macromedia Flash content makes the Web a rich and interactive medium, and
 developing that content is one of the fastest growing categories in our
 professional services marketplace.  Working with Macromedia further
 strengthens our capabilities in the creative space and is a great value-add to
 our growing user base," said V. Eric Roach, chairman and chief executive
 officer of eLance.
     As part of the launch of the eLance Rich Media Market, eLance is offering
 up to 40 percent off the following services exclusively for visitors from
 Macromedia's Web site through May 15, 2001:
 
     Macromedia Flash Animating Logos-Upload a logo; get it animated in .swf
      format (Regular price $19.95, Introductory price $14.95)
     Macromedia Flash Banner Ads-Provide a design concept; get a rich media
      banner ad ready to be served at websites worldwide (Regular price
      $200.00, Introductory price $125.00)
     Macromedia Flash Usability Evaluation-Enter a site URL; get a usability
      expert to test and rate the site for usability (Regular price $250.00,
      Introductory price $175.00)
 
     About eLance
     eLance, Inc. (www.elance.com) is the leading professional services
 marketplace for Web-based outsourcing used by businesses worldwide.
 Businesses can tap into a highly qualified pool of professional talent to get
 a wide range of projects completed online -- including software development,
 Web design and development, creative services, graphic design, translation
 services, copywriting and more.  eLance provides a highly liquid marketplace
 with a broad selection of professional service providers, online collaboration
 tools, global billing and payment capabilities and a quality assurance system
 designed to maintain the high standards for which the company is known.
     As a global company with 40 percent of transactions occurring
 cross-borders, over 300,000 businesses and individuals from more than
 160 countries are registered to conduct work via the eLance network.  eLance
 has built alliances with industry leaders across a range of business sectors
 including:  eBay, Sun Microsystems, Oracle Technology Network, IBM,
 Handspring, CNET, Red Hat, Novell, NetObjects, Corel, Macromedia, Virgin and
 Lycos Asia.
     A privately held company, eLance has attracted over $65 million to date
 from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Pequot Capital
 Management, Citigroup, Integral Capital Partners, and Charter Venture Group.
 Outside directors include John Doerr and Joe Lacob from KPCB, Ram Shriram
 former VP of business development at amazon.com, and Lawrence D. Lenihan, Jr.
 from Pequot Capital Management.
 
     CONTACT:  Stephanie Huang of Edelman PR Worldwide, 650-968-4033, or
 stephanie.huang@edelman.com, for eLance Inc.
 
 SOURCE  eLance Inc.