Our team

Toptal was created by engineers. Our team now consists of several entrepreneurs, all passionate about working with engineering rockstars and exciting new companies.

Taso Du Val

Co-founder / CEO

With experience as a lead engineer at Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media for $100m) and Slide (acquired by Google for $228M), as well as experience with his own start-ups, Taso brings top engineering knowledge and management experience to Toptal. While running a small engineering consulting firm, Taso recognized that while many of his co-workers overseas were just as good as his friends and colleagues at Google, Facebook, and other companies with distinguished engineering talent, it was simply very difficult for such companies to connect with the right engineers remotely. Toptal was thus created as a solution to the sky-rocketing demand for top engineers in Silicon Valley, US, and Europe despite the shrinking local graduation rates of such engineers.

Breanden Beneschott

Co-founder / COO

Breanden has worked as founder, CTO, developer, designer, and consultant for companies as diverse as smsPREP, Zandigo, Smith + Jones, 2Tor, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. He has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and in December 2010, he was selected as Princeton’s first and only student speaker for TEDxPrincetonU where he gave a talk on time optimization and project management. Having been on both sides of the hiring equation as an engineer and team lead, Breanden combines his technical expertise and management experience to ensure that clients, developers, and team members at Toptal have a smooth, successful experience.

Alexander Danilenko

CTO

Alexander started as a senior developer at NetCracker Technology Corp. before moving to a technical manager position leading teams of up to 10 developers. He then switched his focus to start-ups, and, as the technical co-founder, implemented several projects from scratch. For a year he was employed as CTO at glavskidka.ru, where he was involved in both business processes and development, while building the development team and the product from the ground up. At Toptal, Alexander combines his experience in both corporate and start-up environments to lead internal technological development. Alexander has a MS in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and does further research in Computer-Human Interaction while completing a PhD at Institute of Control Sciences of RAS.

Alvaro Oliveira

Director of Engineering

Alvaro has worked as lead developer, ERP engineer, founder, consultant, recruiter, and BI specialist for companies such as Kenos, The Bristol Group and The Wornick Company. His experience also encompasses working for various Brazilian chemical companies and taking part in several international projects throughout Europe. Alvaro participated in the F.I.R.S.T international robotics competition where his team, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Brazil, placed third. As a college freshman Alvaro placed third at the Brazilian Nationals for the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition in the Software Design Category. In high school, he was a Top 10 World Finalist. At Toptal, Alvaro combines his passion for computer science with his recruiting finesse to find extraordinarily talented and passionate developers around the globe.

Some of our investors

Menlo Park’s famed venture capital firm, it has raised $2.27 billion since it was launched in 2009 and quickly grabbed a seat at the table in almost every new technology deal, with a portfolio of more than 90 companies that includes some of tech’s hottest names: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Airbnb, Foursquare. Its exits include Groupon, Zynga, Instagram and, most notably, Skype.

Adam D'Angelo
Lucas Nealan
Dave Hersh
Ryan Rockefeller
Investor
Woodrow Levin
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