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14 March 2019


Arrow Electronics & Freelancer.com launch a new partnership designed to revolutionise the way makers, startups, and small & large technology firms alike create – accelerating how new tech products & hardware are designed, manufactured & delivered to market!

Arrow Electronics, a leading engineering technology solutions provider, and Freelancer.com, the world's largest freelancing & crowdsourcing marketplace, have announced the launch of ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer.com – the world’s largest electronics & electrical engineering services marketplace.
The new platform allows innovative technology creators to accelerate the design and build of new tech and hardware products through access to over half a million skilled electronic & electrical engineers. ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer aims to transform the way products are designed, manufactured and delivered to market. On-demand engineering from ArrowPlus and Freelancer has the potential to catalyse a step change in research and development, cutting product development times from years to months through access to a global network of highly diverse technical skills, reducing both cost and time to market. Now, next year’s top new tech products for CES Las Vegas may just be a click away.
Arrow Electronics guides innovation for over 200,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. With 2018 sales of $30 billion, ranking #113 in the 2018 Fortune 500, Arrow brings to the collaboration a large volume of high-quality, high-value projects, from established companies with a real demand for innovation and talent. Arrow has built a proprietary Certified Engineering network which has been a key differentiator in helping its customers win with technology. This new platform is designed to solve sophisticated technology problems spanning consumer electronics, transportation, healthcare, industrial, Internet of Things (IoT), telecommunications, biomedical, cloud security, firmware, hardware and connected products in every industry.
Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, with more than 32 million users around the world and over 15 million jobs posted in over 1,350 skill areas. Freelancer.com is used by companies from startups to global giants. Freelancer.com brings to the collaboration the platform and the world’s best expertise in running global online services marketplaces, allowing Arrow to transform its services business into a dynamic, connected talent cloud.
Together, the exclusive strategic alliance is a category definer for how hardware products are designed and electronics & electrical engineering services are delivered.
Businesses that need technology help from concept to scale can leverage ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer to find highly qualified experts, utilise Arrow technology concierge services that ensure project success, and go to market faster and more cost effectively.
The full lifecycle of hardware product development can be accomplished through ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer including, but not limited to:
•    Ideation & prototyping
•    Analogue & digital design
•    Printed circuit board (PCB) design
•    Bill of Materials (BOM) part selection
•    Custom requirements to product delivery
•    Component consolidation and cost reduction
•    Redesign for smaller size (miniaturisation)
•    Documentation & translation
•    Development of firmware, drivers and middleware
•    Real-time embedded software development
•    Integrated circuit design
•    Manufacturing
“This breakthrough strategic alliance with Arrow Electronics represents the first launch of Freelancer Enterprise. We are absolutely delighted that Arrow chose to team with Freelancer.com on this landmark initiative,” said Freelancer.com CEO & Chairman, Matt Barrie. “Freelancer.com is the number-one marketplace for talent and skilled workers. We have seen increasing demand to solve difficult and complex technology problems from larger organisations. For example, NASA and the United States Department of Energy are both using Freelancer.com to crowdsource technology solutions. We are excited to form an exclusive alliance with the most trusted guide in technology creation, Arrow Electronics, to break down barriers for larger companies with more complex needs to utilise our platform to accelerate technology.”
“ArrowPlus brings the serious know-how of Arrow’s 80 years of engineering, tools, technology, and services into the platform economy with Freelancer,” said Arrow’s Chief Digital Officer, Matt Anderson. “Arrow has become one of the world’s largest technology solutions companies in the last five years and beyond our own engineering we have built a proprietary network of certified 3rd party Arrow Certified engineering partners. Our Arrow Certified Engineering network has worked with marquee Fortune 500 clients to make products and technology.

“We anticipate in the future that up to 30% of R&D spend could leverage a model where Arrow provides a technical concierge and project management to a vast network of high-end engineering talent. The products and services Arrow has helped design are helping people every day from paraplegic veterans regaining their sense of freedom and independence to mothers in undeveloped regions of the world giving birth more safely. If you are a company that wants to build a product, there is no better way to get started than with Arrow and Freelancer.”

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