Online Work Platform oDesk Raises $15M From T. Rowe Price, Benchmark

Online work platform oDesk has raised $15 million in Series D funding from T. Rowe Price Associates with participation from Benchmark Capital, Globespan Capital Partners and Sigma Partners. This brings oDesk’s total funding to $45 million.

oDesk offers a “marketplace for talent” that makes it easy for companies to hire workers online for work that can be done remotely. This work ranges from writing to marketing to data analysis and more. oDesk contractors are currently earning more than $300 million on an annual basis, and worked a record 2.1 million hours last October through the oDesk website. oDesk believes the market will grow to $1 billion by this year.

Companies simply post a job for free, and contractors can apply. oDesk will provide prior work histories and feedback ratings for contractors who have used the site previously. oDesk makes money by taking a 10 percent cut of every work transaction made through the site.

The company is also announcing that Gregory Stanger, the former CFO of both Expedia and Chegg, has joined oDesk as Chief Financial Officer. Stanger has also served on the Board of Directors at Expedia, Netflix, and Kayak, and was previously a Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures.

Last Fall, oDesk added former senior vice president of engineering at Sun Microsystems Jeff Jackson as vice president of engineering Jaleh Bisharat, a former marketing exec at OpenTable and Amazon, as vice president of marketing. And in December, former OpenTable CEO and CitySearch founder Thomas Layton joined the company as Executive Chairman.

Check out our TCTV piece with CEO Gary Swart addressing the news.