About Us

Toptal was created by engineers. We are entrepreneurs, all passionate about growing our exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, and finance experts in the world.

Taso Du Val

co-founder / ceo

As Toptal’s co-founder and CEO, Taso manages Toptal’s core team of hundreds of team members distributed throughout the world, with a focus on innovation. Since Toptal was founded in 2010, Taso has led it to become the largest high-skilled labor marketplace in the world. As an annual attendee of the World Economic Forum, Taso serves on the board of multiple organizations, advising on talent strategy and innovation for Fortune 100s and non-profits. Taso has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Oxford on talent management and entrepreneurship.

Breanden Beneschott

co-founder / coo

As Toptal's co-founder and COO, Breanden drives Toptal's growth by building world-class teams and operational infrastructure spanning 40+ countries to meet the talent needs of Toptal's 10,000+ clients. As a frequent writer, Breanden has published articles on leadership of distributed teams and hypergrowth company culture. 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, talent, and team members at Toptal continually strive for excellence as the company rapidly scales. Breanden has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

Alexander Danilenko

cto

As Toptal's CTO, Alexander is the technical leader of Toptal's 20+ core engineering teams, focusing on technical innovation across Toptal's state-of-the-art platform and associated products, including building a new programming language that powers Toptal's operational infrastructure and other architectural investments that are core to Toptal's ability to innovate. Alexander has an MA in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and has done further research in Computer-Human Interaction at the Institute of Control Sciences of the Russian Academy of Science.

Alvaro Oliveira

vp of talent operations

As Toptal’s VP of Talent Operations, Alvaro ensures that Toptal clients get the right talent quickly and that all engagements are successful. He draws on his experience as an engineering lead, BI specialist, founder, consultant, and recruiter at both the startup and enterprise level to lead teams of hundreds of Toptal’s core domain experts in finding, screening, and matching top talent to clients, according to their needs. Alvaro has a degree in Software Engineering from Universidade do Vale do Paraíba and is a former finalist at the F.I.R.S.T international robotics competition.

Bozhidar Batsov

vp of engineering

As Toptal's VP of Engineering, Bozhidar leads one of the world's largest fully distributed engineering organizations, ensuring the growth and quality of Toptal's technical operations, infrastructure, recruiting, and training in a 100% remote environment. Bozhidar is an avid open source contributor, and prior to joining Toptal, was a top 50 overall GitHub contributor and Ruby contributor, and the #1 Emacs package contributor. He is an Emacs core committer and the author of the top Ruby lint tool, the top Clojure IDE, and the Ruby, Rails, and Clojure style guides. Bozhidar is also a frequent conference speaker, technical author, and former CTO of a financial trading platform. Bozhidar has an MA in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia.

Carlos Aguirre

vp of finance

As Toptal’s VP of Finance, Carlos oversees all of the company’s financial operations, ensuring sustainable company growth and seamless payments infrastructure for both Toptal’s clients and talent, distributed across the globe. Carlos has partnered with companies at every stage of growth to design and execute specialized projects in FP&A, financial operations, strategy, and IR, including previously leading the Finance and Investor Relations functions for BrightStar, a multi-billion dollar global enterprise, of which he helped sell a majority stake to Softbank at a $2.2 billion valuation. Carlos has played a vital role in several large capital raises, M&A initiatives, financial roadshows, and financial systems implementations. Carlos loves taking financial data and using it as the foundation of a compelling story to enable intelligent & strategic data-driven decisions. Carlos has a BS in Finance and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Bill Tsingos

General Counsel

As Toptal's General Counsel, Bill brings 20 years of corporate and private law experience as the leader of Toptal's legal team. Prior to joining Toptal, Bill served as General Counsel of Bottomline Technologies (Nasdaq: EPAY), a global business payments processing company, and as General Counsel of Plymouth Rock Assurance, a financial services and insurance group with $2 billion in assets under management. Before that, Bill was a corporate lawyer in private law firm practice with WilmerHale and Posternak, Blankstein, & Lund LLP. Bill is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he earned his PhD in International Relations.

Kleanthis Georgaris

vp of product

As Toptal's VP of Product, Kleanthis drives the evolution of Toptal's platform and associated products, working closely with Toptal's operations and engineering teams to drive and support Toptal's hypergrowth by providing a seamless, on-demand experience for clients and talent. He specializes in digital talent networks, with a diverse background that includes working at Microsoft and as a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey, as well as with early- and late-stage startups and as a startup founder himself. He began his career as a software engineer, before transitioning to strategy consulting and finally to product management, leveraging technology and data to drive business impact. Kleanthis has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the National Technical University of Athens.

Mark Bosma

vp of sales

As Toptal's VP of Sales, Mark ensures Toptal's clients always enjoy on-demand, white-glove service for their talent needs. As a former Linux HPC engineer and technical sales lead, Mark takes an analytical, results-driven approach to building the sales teams, infrastructure, and processes necessary to both maintain quality, customized client relationships at scale and to ensure that new clients are seamlessly onboarded to the Toptal service. Mark has a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Michael Kearns

VP of Enterprise Strategy

As Toptal's VP of Enterprise Strategy, Michael is responsible for driving the rapid scaling of Toptal Enterprise by establishing processes, service offerings, and strategies to enable Toptal's largest global clients to successfully leverage our elite global talent network at scale. Michael has crafted enterprise solutions and built global teams for clients across a wide range of industries through a career in consulting and entrepreneurship, with leadership positions at Slalom Consulting, which he helped grow from $70M to $700M in revenue, and at Accenture, where he helped establish a scaled Business Process Outsourcing model that grew to be a multi-billion dollar business. Michael has a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Rajeev Jeyakumar

VP of Business Talent

As Toptal’s VP of Business Talent, Raj leads the growth of our business talent network and services, with a focus on Toptal Finance. Raj is an experienced consultant, entrepreneur, and mentor in the areas of business strategy, talent management, and economic empowerment. He joined Toptal through the acquisition of Skillbridge, the leading online platform for elite business talent, where he was the co-founder and CEO. Raj often writes and speaks about the Talent Economy and has been featured on BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, and The New York Times. He has a joint BS and MS in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Elizondo

VP of Growth Marketing

As Toptal's VP of Growth Marketing, Gabriel drives Toptal's global marketing strategy. Gabriel leverages his background as a management consultant and growth executive at companies such as Facebook and InsideSales.com to lead a customer-centric team that helps leading organizations discover and understand how to find the world's top on-demand talent. Gabriel has MS degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Data Analytics, as well as an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Keith Berlin

VP of Events

As Toptal’s VP of Events, Keith builds curated, high-end thought leadership events for Toptal’s clients, experts, and core team, centered around topics like the Future of Work and the Talent Economy. Keith brings over a decade of experience in producing events for enterprise executives including most recently with Evanta, a Gartner company. Keith has created the world’s first commercially viable CMO Executive Summit as well as numerous private executive event series, specializing in executive community building, audience development, and sponsorship program development.

Jessica Savage

Director of Recruiting

As Toptal's Director of Recruiting, Jessica ensures that all Toptal core teams scale with a steady incoming stream of top performers from all over the world and that Toptal continues to maintain and hone its high bar for talent. As a former Operations Lead at Deloitte Digital, Jessica has planned and executed integrations for the consulting firm's startup acquisitions, adapting processes while maintaining cultural advantages. Through her experience as Slalom Consulting's Talent Acquisition Lead during the award-winning firm's high-growth period, Jessica specializes in candidate experience, networking, and increasing workplace brand exposure, as well as in building the forecasting processes necessary to support rapid growth. Jessica has a degree in Business Administration and Management, with a concentration in Marketing.

Alan Fiddes

head of projects

As Toptal’s Head of Projects, Alan works with Toptal clients to deliver strategic software projects, driving innovation through Agile methodologies. A former Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, Alan has delivered complex, mission-critical technology projects across a range of industries, including Financial Services, Oil and Gas, and Payments Processing. He has leveraged a passion for lean, Agile practices and a deep understanding of global delivery models to help internationally recognized firms adopt Agile delivery practices and implement digital transformation initiatives over the last 25 years of his career in technology leadership.

Julie Wrobel

Director of Program Management

As Toptal’s Director of Program Management, Julie works with the many product and engineering teams across Toptal to create and refine the infrastructure needed to efficiently build product at scale. Julie is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, specializing in creating scalable product processes and strategies to support growth, including many years as a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Netgear as it went from startup to IPO. She is passionate about developing and leading global cross-functional teams to efficiently achieve aggressive goals that drive productivity and market share. She holds an MA in Adult Education from Boston University.

Dror Liebenthal

director of operations

As Toptal’s Director of Operations, Dror works with teams across the company to build their strategic direction, execution frameworks, KPIs/analytics, and team structures, helping Toptal teams evolve to support and drive Toptal’s continued growth. Dror leverages in-depth experience working within a range of Toptal’s operational teams to ensure best practices are surfaced, adopted, and evolved across the company. Dror has a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a minor in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Eryn Peters

Head of Community

As Toptal’s Head of Community, Eryn leads the global Toptal expert community in sharing thought leadership at conferences and technical events, as well as through professional mentorship programs and online and offline expert-to-expert learning initiatives. Bringing cross-functional operational experience from time spent at Sony and Mercedes-Benz, Eryn facilitates the organization of hundreds of Toptal events and conference keynote speeches delivered by Toptal experts each year, partnering with leading global conferences to connect them with the Toptal community. Eryn has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, with a focus on experiential, quantitative marketing, and has been a speaker on the Future of Work at conferences around the world, including Moscow’s Open Innovations Forum.

Sarah England

Head of Client Experience

As Toptal’s Head of Client Experience, Sarah drives Toptal's commitment to world-class client services as the company scales, working hands-on with clients and Toptal’s operational teams to provide customized support to clients as their needs evolve. Previously the Director of Client Success at a Gartner company focusing on software advisory services, Sarah builds processes that ensure that the day-to-day operations of the Toptal service always keep superior client experience at the forefront. Sarah has a degree in Communications from Boston College.

Toby Clarence-Smith

Editor in Chief

As Toptal’s Editor in Chief, Toby guides the strategy and operations of all Toptal Publications, leading domain experts in researching and creating in-depth thought leadership pieces on the cutting edge of the Future of Work, engineering, design, and finance. Prior to joining Toptal, Toby was a Barclays investment banker, venture capital investor, and startup founder, co-founding an omnichannel retailer in Mexico that raised multiple rounds of funding with institutional investors and is now one of the category's leading companies. Toby has a BSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Wharton Business School.

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
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Woodrow Levin
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