Gary Swart

Gary Swart is a Partner with Polaris Partners and previously was the CEO of oDesk (now UpWork) the world’s largest online workplace. He has a passion for helping small businesses succeed with more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before oDesk, as the VP of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank, he was responsible for building the sales organization, but Gary’s enthusiasm for small businesses was born during his tenure as a Business Unit Executive for IBM’s Rational Software Product Group, where he led Small and Medium Business sales for the Americas. Gary came to Rational through its merger with Pure Software, where he held sales, management and leadership positions.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.