Our second talk in Speaker Series was a major success! Dr. Abhishek Kathuria, Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Ph.D. from the Emory University, USA, strategic advisor to many startups in Hong Kong and India Director of Actuate Business Consulting and , Cofounder of kowrk.com , gave an insightful talk on the best practices for hiring freelancers in today’s world. Our event hosted at Centre O, was held in front of a packed house and the content delivered was both interesting and useful for entrepreneurs and freelancers.
Founders of growing startups usually face the dilemma of how to expand their team. In today’s digital world, this decision is made more complex by added option of the type of new member in the team – full time employee or part time freelancer. Dr Kathuria’s talk was based on his decade-long research on micro-sourcing (i.e. freelancing) and experiences of hiring freelancers for many startups that he advises and manages. He talked about different categories of online platforms and major players in each, jobs and projects that can be outsourced, main challenges with micro-sourcing and the best ways to select a freelancer depending upon the nature of the job. Dr. Kathuria also touched on the merits and weaknesses of the online platforms used to seek out freelancers. To entrepreneurs in the audience, he gave clear guidelines to ensure success with micro-sourcing. In addition, he answered questions from many freelancers in the audience, speaking about the pitfalls with various online platforms that freelancers should be aware of.
After the talk, members of the audience indulged in snacks and wine and a brief networking session ensued, in which many more participants asked Dr. Kathuria their follow up questions.
This talk was live streamed at Facebook. It continues to get more views and comments. You can watch it here.
Once again, Ms. Josephine Lau and her team at Centre O were instrumental in organization of this event. Thanks to them for being part of our continued success!
Some pictures from the evening:
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