*This is a guest post by Teresa Hammerl*
Last week, July 3rd, we hosted a Networking Breakfast at sektor5. Coffee, bagels, friendly people – you name it. I organized it for Elance – the online marketplace where businesses go to find, collaborate with and hire freelancers. I’m helping them connect with the startup and entrepreneurship community in Vienna as part of their Mobilizer program.
As I work from sektor5, I wanted the Networking Breakfast to take place here. Special guest of the day was Kjetil J. Olsen who came to Vienna from Oslo for his panel “Work in Other Ways” at the Werbeplanung.at SUMMIT. Kjetil is Vice President, International of Elance | oDesk.
“Work is an activity it’s not a place”, said Kjetil J. Olsen and co-working spaces enable that by making it easier for freelancers to work in the city they choose. Elance has partner co-working spaces around the world – sektor5 is one of them.
About 20 people attended the breakfast, including developers, graphic designers, journalists and people working at Social media agencies. After some introductory words from Kjetil we had one and a half hours of eating bagels, drinking coffee and chatting.
One of the participants – Lukas Fittl – said afterwards: “We had a great time learning from Kjetil about remote work and his experience as a manager at elance | oDesk. It’s always great to have international expertise at sektor5 in a relaxed setting. Delicious food too!”
Thomas Schranz – who also attended the breakfast – added: “It is really exciting to watch how the concepts of ‘work’ and ‘career’ are shifting right now. Companies like Elance, GitHub, Sqwiggle and AirPair are enabling experts to work on their own terms. They can work on whatever they want, whenever they want from wherever they want even if it is on an island. You only need an internet connection. The exciting thing here is that we are at the very beginning of this shift. It is still early days. It’s hard to grasp where we’ll be 10 years from now.”
Last but not least Arnim Wahls said: “Kjetil J. Olsen gave a great insight how the labor market will shift towards freelancing and how Startups can profit from this.”
We had a great time – thank you for coming!