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Australia: Open OutSourcing – Rentacoder, Guru.com



I’ve been out and about, looking for developers, and lately focussed on Dev forums and open outsourcing sites. Open outsourcing is a matchmaking service for Developers. You, the client scope out the job and Developers pitch to build it for you. The interface is sort of Auction House-y or Ebay-ish. There’s escrow and warranties and all sorts of goodies to protect the buyer and seller, oops, I mean developer and client. Initially rentacoder took the honour as the one most known, and you could have flash or html websites built. But now the matchmaking service is for lots of different things. Guru.com has all sorts of jobs including technical writing and so on. I saw one which I can’t find it right now called something like AllSalons.com – hairdressing jobs. From wiki‘s page on Open Outsourcing:

Open outsourcing is a Socioeconomic movement resulting from the marriage of the open source movement and the recent trend towards the international outsourcing of programming.

Open outsourcing makes open source technology more accessible to businesses and individuals by employing an inexpensive international labor force of programmers, often on a contractual piecework basis. Small businesses may not be technical enough to efficiently utilize open source resources in-house or large enough to hire a full time technician. Larger businesses with IT staff may lack technicians with specific skills or knowledge. Open outsourcing also reduces some of the risks associated with outsourcing by making the resulting code publicly available through open source licensing.

An jobs social network/online community that surely will impact the recruitment industry but in what way? and I can’t help but wonder what impact it’s already had on Australian web agencies, particularly those that play in the low (read: cheap) end of the market.

Does Australia have an open outsourcing site or do we not bother – hooray for globalisation? What’s the impact on static portals like seek.com.au? I noticed a number of coders are from Eastern Europe and India and South America. Are you a codemonkey who’s got experience on these reverse eBay job watchamacallit websites? Which one do you use? Is codemonkey derogatory – it seems kinda cute to me? Can you knock up a cheap social networking site for me for under 500 bucks? Am I asking too many questions? Should I stop? Yes? :p

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

11 thoughts on “Australia: Open OutSourcing – Rentacoder, Guru.com

  1. please note with bigger/serious projects the dummies in rentacoder staff are INCREDIBLY STUPID PROFESSIONAL LIARS
    they lie even with their slogan
    perfect evidences at http://kamen123.blogspot.com

  2. Sergey I.Grachyov: please spend your time checking my blog and please see that I have PERFECT evidences confirming my opinion. After that please advise the dummies in rac staff to stop with the lies. And please do not forget that only rentacoder is place for barking 🙂

  3. My lonely Bulgarian unemployed, no needs to check your personal pollutions.
    You haven’t any completed projects, but “perfect evidences” mantra.

  4. Sergey I.Grachyov you are rentacoder’s dog
    Your mental abilities do not allow you to understand that I have PERFECT evidences confirming that I’m right
    You think that rentacoder is perfect because rentacoder is source of food
    Like every dog you can bark non stop
    Nobody will pay attention to you
    🙂

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