Freelancer.com, an outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace, today announced that it has acquired Canada's homegrown Scriptlance, earmarking the launch of dedicated freelance marketplace Freelancer.ca in Canada.
Headquartered in Toronto, Scriptlance has over 360,000 users in 244 countries who have posted more than 600,000 projects and paid out $43 million to freelancers.
"We are tremendously excited to acquire Scriptlance, which is truly one of the great trailblazers and most widely recognised brands in the online outsourcing industry," said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive of Freelancer.com. "Today we launch Freelancer.ca in Canada, and we couldn't think of a better way to announce this than by buying one of Canada's top technology websites."
Rene Trescases, Chief Executive and Founder of Scriptlance, said "We're thrilled to be joining forces with the global leader in the space. Selling to Freelancer made a lot of sense for us: they have the number one brand and the best scale and geographic reach of anyone in the industry."
Through Freelancer.ca, Canadian businesses and professionals can post jobs, hire and pay a freelance digital workforce in Canadian dollars. Scriptlance will alow the site to launch with over 100,000 Canadian users. The acquisition brings Freelancer to more than four million users and over 2.3 million projects and ranks first in the world for traffic in its industry.
Scriptlance users can see how this acquisition affects them here.
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.