Freelancing platform Upwork received a hearty welcome on Wall Street, with its public debut on the markets capping an unlikely journey for this survivor of the original dot-com bubble era.

In early trading, Upwork’s shares were up 40 percent. In the weeks prior to its IPO, the company had been nudging up its offering price range, originally starting at $10 to $12 but eventually going public at $15 per share.

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