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Gary Swart

Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace—on which more than 35 million hours were worked in 2012 alone. Gary is a thought leader in the future of work, entrepreneurship and team management. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, especially when it comes to how best to hire and manage teams. His knowledge is fueled by extensive experience working with the startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring other entrepreneurs. Gary spoke to more than 30 groups of budding entrepreneurs in 2012 (including a talk at Harvard Business School, which teaches a case study on oDesk). His commentary has appeared in a variety of outlets including Forbes, TechCrunch, BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Previously, he led SMB Sales for the Americas at IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, and also served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Intellibank, where he was responsible for leading the sales organization.