Mr. Gary Swart serves as a Partner at Polaris Partners. He also serves as an Advisor at Expert360 and EmpInfo. He also serves as Board Member at Foresight Mental Health. He represents Polaris on the boards of Quantcast, Faro Health, CliQr and SimplyInsured. He is a Board Observer of The Mom Project. He was a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator. Until April 2014, he was the CEO of oDesk, the world's largest online workplace with more than 1B in work through the platform from over 1 million clients and 5 million freelancers. 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. He is deeply passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their businesses and regularly shares his insights with fellow business people and anyone crafting their career. Prior to oDesk, his career grew from early entrepreneurial ventures to a top executive position at IBM.