No one understands why companies hire freelancers better than Liane Scult, the first ever freelance program manager at Microsoft. Starting four years ago, she spearheaded Microsoft’s pilot program that embraced the freelance model to provide access to independent experts from around the world. Today that program has engaged over 8,000 freelance projects and has scaled across the organization. 

Currently she leads the Microsoft 365 Freelance Toolkit

Here’s a teaser from Liane!

“The future of work is now. We launched our Gig Economy pilot to deliver for our customers, increase the speed of our innovation faster, and provide different resource models to allow us to scale with speed, agility, and specialized expertise – online and on-demand.

Today, as digital transformation changes everything, the implications for growth and advancement for businesses worldwide are profound – as are the opportunities for talented people everywhere to gain economic opportunity. Going forward, our work will inform how we evolve our products and services so our customers and the valuable people who support them can achieve more.”


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CEO of Venture L, Author of The Human Cloud

Matthew R Mottola is a global leader on the Human Cloud - the transition from physical and full time work to digital, remote, independent models.

At Microsoft, in joint partnership with Upwork, he built the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit - the unlock for enterprises to embrace the human cloud at scale - bringing Microsoft from nascent to an industry leader in under two years.

At Gigster, he built Ideation - enabling freelance developers, data scientists, and product managers to consistently generate what should be built in the software development lifecycle.

His work has been featured by Forbes and Fortune to name a few. He is an international keynote speaker, speaking at leading conferences Remote Work Summit and YPO’s Innovation Week to name a few. He is the author of StartUp Not StartDown, upcoming book The Human Cloud, and contributor to leading industry reports.