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A lot of people are mentioning "let's build a clone that is better and will do us greater justice", but ask yourself, with 14 million entrenched users, how is building an upwork clone any different to "let's build a twitter/facebook clone"?

The merger did precisely what they wanted it to do:

Give a single player a dominant market-share. This single player will then engage in price-flooring practices until they've snatched up the largest market-share. They will then enforce their gradual fee and upselling strategies.

This is no different to any other market where a monopoly exists. Internet companies like to claim they aren't monopolies by saying "just visit another site for their services" but entrenchment of the market is exactly what makes them monopolies.

If a large-enough competitor came along (with big funding backing it), you'd soon see Upwork change tack and go back to price-flooring.




I don't think you can compare the situation with twitter or facebook. Those are actually good at what they are doing. But upwork is such a crap (in my experience as a client, for freelancers it must be horrors) that a lot of people would jump ship as soon as there would be an alternative. But sadly all alternatives like guru or freelancer.com are as bad or even more (missing words to describe those clusterfucks) as upwork. Elance was at least a bit usable. Toptal might be an alternative but their boarding process looks a bit esoteric and is aiming at another targetgroups anyway.


"But upwork is such a crap (in my experience as a client, for freelancers it must be horrors)... sadly all alternatives like guru or freelancer.com are as bad or even more" --- That's true!


>building an upwork clone I saw jobs like this in my feed at Upwork on daily basis


We should not aim to create a clone. We should aim to make something right, fair, and better - the way it should've been done in the first place.




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