The world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com, has announced the acquisition of Scriptlance -Canada’s largest freelance marketplace and the fifth largest in the world.
From its headquarters in Toronto, Scriptlance has over 360,000 enterprise and professional users, incorporated in 2001 as R3N3 International Inc., by René Trescases, Scriptlance boasts users from 244 countries, regions and territories globally. Over 600,000 projects have been posted to date with over $43 million paid out to freelancers by René and his team.
Matt Barrie, chief executive of Freelancer.com described Scriptlance as “truly one of the great trailblazers and most widely recognised brands in the online outsourcing industry,” he added: “we are tremendously excited to acquire Scriptlance”.
Barrie continued: “Today we launch in Canada, and we couldn’t think of a better way to announce this than by buying one of Canada’s top technology websites.”
The company’s procurement of Scriptlance adds to its list of acquisitions which includes, LimeExchange (United States), Freelancer.co.uk (UK) and GetAFreelancer (Sweden) amongst others.
This newest addition affirms Freelancer.com as the largest marketplace globally with 4 million users, which is two and a half times that of its nearest competitor.
Over 2.3 million projects have now been posted - also the most of any marketplace globally - through Freelancer.com in areas such as website design and copywriting, and more diverse areas such as biotechnology and industrial design.
René Trescases, Chief Executive and Founder of Scriptlance, added: “We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the global leader in the space.
“Selling to Freelancer made a lot of sense for us- they have the number one brand and the best scale and geographic reach of anyone in the industry”.