Freelancer.com (ASX: FLN), the world's largest freelancing marketplace, has partnered with Arrow Electronics to launch a technology engineering talent marketplace.
Called ArrowPlus, the platform allows Fortune 500 companies and technology startups to fast-track the design and build of new technology products by gaining access to over half a million skilled electronic and electrical engineers.
ArrowPlus will be powered by Freelancer, an Australian company that has already demonstrated its success to build a powerful freelancing platform with Freelancer.com and Freightlancer.
CEO and chairman Matt Barrie says ArrowPlus will allow giant technology companies as big as Mircrosoft as well as emerging tech startups to produce the next big hit for CES at a fraction of the cost.
"ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer will transform the way products are designed, manufactured and delivered to market," says Barrie.
"You can have your idea for an electronic product, go to freelancer.arrow.com and post it. Arrow has loaded in their entire network of certified engineers that are available to help you get the right parts and will design the product properly and then take it away for mass manufacturing."
"It's really the future of how hardware products will be built and delivered to market."
Arrow Electronics is a company behind over 200,000 leading technology manufacturers like Microsoft. Their electronic parts are in devices that you use but you might not know that they're the company behind them.
"If you're designing the next Xbox, or the next hot phone, or the next TV, it's a good chance that the parts for that came from Arrow," says Barrie.
Barrie says that ArrowPlus will really streamline the process of developing new tech for hundreds of companies.
"You can just pay as you require the talent and the skills, load in the materials you'd like to use, and the Arrow certified engineers will do a full review of the parts and help with the design process. They can help with the schematic layout right through to which contract manufacturer you can use. It's really a turnkey solution from Fortune 500 companies down to startups."
As this is Freelancer's first partnership project it is a new model for Freelancer, but Barrie says that this type of model could be indicative of where the company is headed.
"Within our pipeline for enterprise we do actually have other enterprises wanting to do this type of industry vertical marketplace," says Barrie.
"We haven't signed any firm contracts yet, but we do have some people fairly well advanced down the pipeline and we're exploring different areas. This certainly could be a new model where various industries decide they want to dominate that niche, and we're the guys to make it happen in terms of a marketplace for that."
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