Gary Swart is a tech and healthcare investor at Polaris Partners and a former executive with experience in general management of all size organizations, including leading sales, operations, staffing, and strategy.
Up until April 2014, Gary was the CEO of oDesk (UpWork now), the world’s largest online workplace. He guided the company to industry leadership and through a merger with eLance, while serving as a leading voice for the future of work and the emerging online work industry.
Gary is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their businesses, where he regularly shares his knowledge and provides mentorship on how to craft a successful path with fellow business people and anyone building their career.
His past positions included:
-VP of Sales and Operations at Intellibank, a SaaS collaboration platform
-Business Unit Executive (SMB Division), IBM Rational Software
-Director of Corporate Sales, Rational Software
-Western Region Sales, Pure Atria
Gary is an expert in the future of work, fundamentals of management, effective interviewing and staffing methods, entrepreneurship, online marketplaces/platform strategy and sales/go-to-market
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