Elance-ODesk Merger, Great Train Robber, Ron Burgundy Scotch: Dec. 19

Elance-ODesk Merger, Great Train Robber, Ron Burgundy Scotch: Dec. 19
A daily roundup of the most compelling stories for small business and entrepreneurs (Illustration by Andre?? da Loba)
Illustration by André da Loba

Freelance marketplaces Elance and ODesk are merging. Combined, the two companies have 8 million freelancers and $750 million in yearly bookings, according to Michael Carney. [PandoDaily]

April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota’s health exchange, resigned amid controversy over an ill-timed vacation to Costa Rica, write Elizabeth Stawicki and Catherine Richert. [Kaiser Health News]

Ray Hennessy writes about the fabulously entrepreneurial life of the recently deceased Ronnie Biggs, who helped pull off Britain’s Great Train Robbery. [Entrepreneur]

Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose and Gateway Newsstands in Atlanta sold winning tickets for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot. [Chicago Tribune]

Ed Caan says his company, Riviera Imports, has sold 72,000 bottles of Great Odin’s Raven, a Scotch whisky brand inspired by the first Anchorman movie (video). [Fox Business]

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