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 has worked as founder, CTO, developer, designer, and consultant for companies as diverse as smsPREP, 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 as the company rapidly scales.
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 the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and does further research in Computer-Human Interaction while completing a PhD at the Institute of Control Sciences of RAS.
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.
With multiple degrees in Computer Science, Bozhidar is a hacker obsessed with Ruby, Clojure, and Emacs. He loves solving challenging problems and building neat stuff. He's a serial open source contributor, a frequent speaker at conferences, and an avid technical blogger. At Toptal, Bozhidar is dedicated to building a world-class development team and creating superb products for all Toptal clients, developers, and team members.
Alejandro is an engineer and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and built Postcron, which was recently acquired. With a degree in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Alejandro is an unmatched growth hacker who applies quantitative analysis and a ruthless drive to increasingly accelerate company growth. At Toptal, he strives to maintain quality while always increasing quantity.
Shawn is a software architect and start-up founder with 15 years of experience in tech. Having over 30 consulting clients, many of which are billion-dollar / Fortune-500 level customers, he's engaged in large-scale software implementations and corporate acquisitions in the 100M range. Shawn has authored several books on software development and launched multiple tech start-ups, some having raised venture funding and admitted to several incubators including TechStars. At Toptal, Shawn works on growth initiatives, inventing, designing, and deploying features that move the needle and drive momentum.
Demir is a developer and project manager with over 15 years of professional experience in a wide range of software development roles. With a degree in Mathematics from the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Math and Science, he excels as a solo developer, team member, team leader, and manager of multiple distributed teams. At Toptal, Demir is in charge of the Toptal Engineering Blog as well as the extensive technical and hiring publications Toptal produces for the development community.
For the past 10 years, Przemyslaw has been delivering business intelligence, data mining, and big data solutions for companies such as IBM, FX Energy, LexisNexis, and Base CRM. While doing that, he concurrently worked on research in the field of machine learning and natural language processing (and will be defending his PhD in the near future). He has had his own start-up, and he has built multiple successful teams. He is constantly fascinated by the way Toptal is changing the world and how applying data science can support that.
Michael has run public relations and corporate communications programs for companies ranging from Sun Microsystems to CA Technologies to ServiceNow. A Silicon Valley veteran, he has experience with IPOs to global brands, and a proven record of defining strategies, leading teams, executing programs and delivering results. At Toptal, Michael leads early stage PR efforts with the goal to expand awareness through the showcasing of Toptal’s exciting growth, its growing base of satisfied customers, and empowered network of developers.
Mark comes from a background that combines technical training with real-world business experience. Having earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, he began his career in the Linux HPC industry, later transitioning into online marketing and then into technical sales. As VP of Sales at Toptal, he strives to maintain quality relationships with every client as the company grows.
Previously a software developer at Direct Line Group and a sales lead at Radius, Aaron is a technical sales and marketing innovator who gets his kicks by compelling people to take actions—actions that will lead to their personal and professional success. With a BA in Philosophy from Berkeley, his business goal is to create educated prospects and satisfied customers, and he takes pride in being a lifelong learner.
Previously a technical lead at Scuola di Cinema di Roma in Italy, Maurizio has since focused on building world-class customer service teams, training programs, and tools for Fortune 500 companies. He's developed two start-ups, and he has more than 10 years of experience in sales and pre-sales consultancy and software and hardware troubleshooting. At Toptal, Maurizio works with clients and the core team and combines his technical expertise, training experience, and cool head to ensure that everyone is successful.