About Work Market
There’s a reason Forbes magazine recognized Work Market on its list of America’s Most Promising Companies. We’re revolutionizing how businesses and freelancers connect in a modern world.
Whether you’re a freelancer looking to support your family or a global HR manager looking to reengineer your workforce, our goal is the same: make your life simpler.
We’re on a mission to change the way business is done — one assignment at a time.
Welcome to the future of work.
Work Market was founded in 2010 with a simple, yet ambitious vision: power the future of work. Since then, we’ve been on quite the run. We’ve raised $35 million in capital, are backed by the world’s top venture capitalists and were recently recognized as one of New York City’s fastest-growing companies.
We’re fundamentally transforming how businesses and freelancers work in a modern world. It’s why some of the biggest brands in the world rely on Work Market to find and manage their freelancers.
Stephen recently joined Work Market as the company’s Chief Executive. Prior to joining Work Market, Stephen served as a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard. There he held multiple leadership roles including leading the Americas for the Personal Systems Group and as the worldwide leader for Enterprise Marketing. During Stephen’s 30+ years in the technology industry he has served on the senior staffs of industry leaders such as Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and Symantec and has scaled multiple start-ups from the earliest stages, through dynamic growth to market leadership.
As President and CEO of Cobalt Networks, Stephen led the company from its market creating roots to a high profile IPO and ultimately a multi-billion dollar acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Stephen is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass and has served on many public and private boards throughout the years. Stephen can be followed on Twitter at @swdoutloud.
President and Co-Founder
Jeff serves as the company’s President and is a co-founder of Work Market. Jeff has a long track record as a successful entrepreneur across the technology and services landscape. He has successfully built and sold multiple tech companies, including SpinBack to Buddy Media, which was subsequently purchased by Salesforce.com for $800 million.
Jeff has a deep background and passion for talent management and is widely recognized as a thought leader on labor force evolution. He speaks regularly on the subject of modernizing workforces and the role of contingent labor and has been a contributing writer to Forbes on the topic. Jeff holds a B.S. and an M.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Jeff can be followed on Twitter at @JeffreyWald.
VP of Product
Grady is a product management executive with more than 20 years of software experience spanning consumer, enterprise, and platform technologies. He has a proven track record of developing innovative product concepts, identifying emerging market opportunities and delivering commercialized software successes.
Prior to joining Work Market, Grady served as Vice President of Product Management for Vonage where he led their mobile business strategy and product efforts. Before that, he served as VP of Product Management at Animoto, CEO of mobile content provider Phone Sherpa, and Director of internet jewelry retailer Blue Nile. Earlier in his career, Grady spent 9 years at Microsoft in various product and general management roles working on platform technologies and the first version of Microsoft’s Tablet PC. He holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
James Chou is a enterprise software executive with more than 20 years of technology and engineering experience. Prior to joining Work Market, Chou served as Chief Technology Officer for Shutterstock where he led the company’s technology innovation strategy.
Before Shutterstock, Mr. Chou served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of American Greetings Interactive, the interactive media division of American Greetings Corporation. He’s also held leadership roles at Apple, Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Accenture Plc. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
Tom Benton is a seasoned enterprise executive with more than 20 years of high-tech sales experience. Tom has a proven track record of optimizing high performance sales organizations to drive top-line growth. Prior to Work Market, Benton served as Global Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Salesforce.com, where he led the growth strategy for the Enterprise Business Unit and held global revenue responsibility for the HR and Employee Engagement Offering and the launch of Analytics Cloud.
Previously, he worked for Oracle, holding the positions of vice president of Sales, Strategic Growth Markets; vice president of Sales, North America Technology Organization; and senior director of Platform Solutions and Database Appliance.
Marcy Shinder is an award-winning CMO with extensive expertise in digital marketing, consumer branding and product management. Prior to joining Work Market, Shinder served as CMO of Nielsen (NLSN), where she led the company’s worldwide marketing function including global brand strategy, digital and social, creative, industry relations, global positioning and salesforce enablement, product marketing and events.
Prior to Nielsen, Shinder spent 18 years with American Express (AXP), holding multiple executive positions including vice president/head of the OPEN Brand and vice president/general manager, Product Management. There she received numerous awards and recognition for her marketing expertise and results including for her work championing small business owners and women entrepreneurs. Marcy holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, a master’s degree from Villanova University, and a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University. Marcy can be followed on Twitter at @marcyshinder.
Work Market is born with a vision to power the future of work.
Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital invest in Work Market.
Work Market's beta version launches. Freelancers and businesses start using to Work Market to better manage their work.
In less than 6 months, Work Market helped freelancers earn more than $7 million!
Top freelancers on Work Market earned more than $100k annually.
Work Market closes $10M Series B funding round, led by SoftBank Capital.
Growth continues to break monthly records.
Work Market and SAP announce a partnership.
Work Market is recognized by Forbes as one of "America's 25 Most Promising Companies."
Work Market recognized as one of NYC’s fastest-growing companies by Crain’s Business.
Work Market lauded as industry innovator in Staffing Industry Analysts’ FMS report.
Work Market appoints Silicon Valley legend Stephen DeWitt as CEO.
Work Market raises $20 million in growth capital, led by Fred Wilson and Union Square Ventures.
Work Market CEO presents on TechCrunch TV Live at Disrupt NY 2015.
Work Market named a “Cool Vendor” in Procurement and Sourcing by Gartner.