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Yiğit Özkavcı

Freelance Hydra Programmer
United KingdomToptal Member Since October 22, 2018

Since 2015, Yiğit has been developing apps with Ruby on Rails and working with Haskell and functional programming. An open-source enthusiast, he's developed his own programming language as part of his bachelor thesis and maintained a Haskell client for the DigitalOcean API. As an ex-Googler and SRE, Yiğit is known for his focus on the availability and reliability of the services he owns. Yiğit is also not new to the remote working scene, communicates extremely well, and loves TDD.

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Daniel Gafni

Freelance Hydra Programmer
MontenegroToptal Member Since October 4, 2023

Daniel is a senior machine learning engineering and operations expert with extensive experience across a wide range of machine learning tasks. His expertise ranges from training large-scale custom transformer-based recommender systems, serving millions of users and items, to orchestrating production ML systems in cloud environments. Specializing in tabular data, deep learning, and MLOps, Daniel brings a comprehensive skill set that allows him to tackle complex machine learning challenges.

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Lav Kumar Vishwakarma

Freelance Hydra Programmer
IndiaToptal Member Since June 24, 2022

Lav is a back-end engineer with 8+ years of experience building scalable, secure, and distributed applications. Lav has worked with startups and enterprises to build various SaaS products. His expertise lies in architecture design, development, and deployment of innovative products from scratch. Lav's specialties include Go, PostgreSQL, microservices, GraphQL, Java, and Spring Boot.

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Abilio Esteves

Freelance Hydra Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since December 23, 2020

Abilio is a well-rounded senior software engineer and architect with solid experience developing scalable web applications. He has experience with different technologies, from Go, Java, and JavaScript to React, MySQL, and MongoDB. Abilio has worked at IBM as a senior application architect and people manager, creating and delivering solutions for over 50 million users. He is currently at Anjuna in Palo Alto, CA, USA, helping advance the field of zero-trust security with confidential computing.

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Benoit Coste

Freelance Hydra Programmer
FranceToptal Member Since September 17, 2020

Benoit is a scientist at heart transformed into a software engineer. He worked as an astrophysicist where he did data analysis and data science in order to measure cosmic-ray fluxes. Lately, he's worked as a software engineer for a neuroscience research project where he redesigned a full scientific software stack. His major skills are developing and designing algorithms or improving scientific codes by making them faster or more optimized.

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Richard Terrell

Freelance Hydra Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since August 26, 2021

Rick is an entrepreneurial leader with a background in gaming and immersive technologies. Rick has experience leading and developing defense simulations, video games, and theme park attractions in larger corporate environments and is always interested in new industries. Over the last several years, Rick's also worked in startups as a leader and primary technologist—covering code, architecture, design, and maintenance.

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Raghav Arora

Freelance Hydra Programmer
IndiaToptal Member Since October 18, 2021

Raghav is a seasoned automation developer and manager with over 12 years of experience in QA and DevOps. He has successfully led and managed teams of up to 20 members for startups and MNCs, demonstrating strong leadership and people management skills. Raghav's expertise lies in automating web apps, mobile apps, APIs, and back-end processes, utilizing a wide range of programming languages, including Python, Java, C#, and JavaScript.

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I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

Paul Fenley


The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

Ryan Rockefeller


Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

Jason Kulik


As a small company with limited resources we can't afford to make expensive mistakes. Toptal provided us with an experienced programmer who was able to hit the ground running and begin contributing immediately. It has been a great experience and one we'd repeat again in a heartbeat.

Stuart Pocknee


How to Hire Hydra Programmers Through Toptal


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A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Hydra programmer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.

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Work with your new Hydra programmer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.


  • How are Toptal Hydra programmers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Hydra programmers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Hydra programmers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Hydra programmer within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Hydra programmers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Hydra programmer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

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    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

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    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

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    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

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    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

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