Michael Jordan Basketball legend, Ashton Kutcher, others invest in freelance-run tech business 'Gigster'

Gigster, co-founded by a Nigerian, works by hiring skilled freelancers to solve software tech related problems.

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Michael Jordan invests in tech enterprise Gigster

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Renowned basketball athlete Michael Jordan has invested in an enterprise named Gigster, founded by Dickey and a Nigerian Debo Olaosebikan.

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Dickey(L) and Debo(R) co-founders of Gigster

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With software becoming more needed, talent being in high demand and tech executives seeking out flexible schedules, businesses like Gigster have become very attractive.

Investor Redpoint is leading Gigster’s $20 million Series B joined by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and basketball legend Michael Jordan making one of his first tech investments. This has amounted to $32.5 million in total funding for Gigster in just two years after launch.

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Ashton Kutcher invests in tech enterprise Gigster

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Other notable investors include former MTV 'Punk'd' TV show host and American actor Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, Y Combinator Marc Benioff and Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo among others.

About Michael Jordan investing in the enterprise, Dicksey says “He was my childhood hero. It’s just fun to have him on the cap table,” Dickey laughs. “He didn’t put a ton into the round. We thought it’d be cool to have someone involved that we really look up to.”

The company gathers a team of freelancers from places like Stanford MIT, Facebook and Google, employing them to work on designing, coding and delivrering software, with a budget and on time.

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These teams use project management tools and artificial intelligence to get around the tasks at hand efficiently.

Gigster competes with traditional freelance and hiring market places such as Toptal where clients have to manage project themselves.

“There’s a new model in consulting, combining freelance talent with automation tools. That’s the reason Gigster exists,” Dickey tells Techcrunch. “I think now is the right time to start this company as there’s structured data on work. Companies are leaving data in Asana, Trello, Slack . . . they’re leaving digital footprints. Our platform sucks out that structured data.”

Gigster has worked with clients such as Pepsi and Mastercard satisfactorily.

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