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Toptal is a marketplace for dedicated Lean Programmers. Top companies and startups choose Toptal Lean Development freelancers for their mission-critical development projects.

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Clients Rate Toptal Lean Programmers4.9 / 5.0on average across 20 reviews as of May 17, 2024

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Matthew Knippen

Freelance Lean Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since October 30, 2013

Matthew has been building iPhone and iPad applications since the release of the iPhone SDK in 2008, working on over 60 applications in his career. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His best strengths are Native iOS development and product development and management.

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David Rhoderick

Freelance Lean Programmer
SerbiaToptal Member Since July 26, 2018

David is a front-end and full-stack developer, focused on creating scalable solutions and project management. Since 2012, he has collaborated with clients from various sectors worldwide, including nonprofits, investment, hospitality, medical research, eCommerce, and education. David is committed to finding optimal solutions for his clients, tailoring them to their unique goals and available resources.

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Michelle Tsacheva

Freelance Lean Programmer
SpainToptal Member Since September 20, 2015

Michelle is passionate about scaling projects and prototyping and starting projects quickly. She uses automation, process streamlining, and lean methodologies to get easy and consistent results quickly. Michelle has a background as a web developer and systems/DevOps engineer and a total of 18 years of professional experience in companies ranging from 10 to over 100 thousand employees.

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Sebastian Canseco

Freelance Lean Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since April 22, 2014

With a degree in computer systems engineering and over a decade of experience in the Salesforce platform, Enrique has successfully helped his clients across diverse industries build valuable solutions in different capacities like business analysis, solution architecture, development, and consultancy. Clients and colleagues commend Enrique for his work quality, commitment, close communication, and setting and meeting the right expectations while having fun with collaborative challenges.

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David Braun

Freelance Lean Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since March 10, 2014

David is a senior software engineering generalist with blockchain and security experience. With two years of management training and strong communication skills, he excels at bridging business requirements with modern technology. His EECS degree from U.C. Berkeley is evidence of his technical depth. David's current passion is building on his experience as a leader to maximize team effectiveness through industry best practices.

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Fortunato (Tito) Peña

Freelance Lean Programmer
SwitzerlandToptal Member Since January 19, 2016

In the past 18 years, Tito has acquired broad, practical experience with a variety of languages and frameworks in distributed systems while working for large, international clients in Switzerland and abroad (Hong Kong). For the past 5 years, he has been using his know-how in startups; employing Ruby/Rails and Python in back-end services and developing native Android clients. He is solution-oriented, open-minded, and determined to succeed.

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Kelly Leahy

Freelance Lean Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since September 28, 2022

Kelly is an expert problem solver who's spent his career working in fields where most developers cannot understand the problems they are supposed to solve. His primary selling point is his ability to quickly and accurately understand business problems. On teams, Kelly's a force multiplier. As a quick learner and a great teacher and mentor, Kelly can spread knowledge across the team and improve everyone's skills while constantly improving his own.

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Fabio Couto

Freelance Lean Programmer
NetherlandsToptal Member Since April 5, 2018

Fabio is a full-stack senior developer with two decades of experience developing with all the major platforms and stacks. He has mastered .NET, the front end, and Android. He's worked in a variety of technology and business areas like intelligent chatbots, market risk-management software, big data web systems, cloud eCommerce, payment gateways, and integrations. His passions are AI, games, and the exploration of new businesses.

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David Kiss

Freelance Lean Programmer
CanadaToptal Member Since June 9, 2014

David is a results-oriented, pragmatic lead software engineer specializing in back end and integrations with a zeal for continuous improvement. He's experienced in helping companies design, build, and grow effective software solutions and performant dev teams. He's well-versed in Agile and Lean methodologies, software design principles, cloud technologies, and aligning stakeholders behind technology outcomes. David thrives on challenging tasks in fast-paced and complex business environments.

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Nikola Todorovic

Freelance Lean Programmer
SerbiaToptal Member Since August 4, 2015

Nikola has more than 15 years of experience in software development. He graduated from the best computer science faculty in Serbia. Since then, he's been working on various technologies and companies on projects for the domestic and US markets. He even started his own startups and learned a lot about what is needed for a business to succeed. Currently, Nikola's passion is Ruby on Rails and startups.

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Ryan Felton

Freelance Lean Programmer
United StatesToptal Member Since November 23, 2015

Ryan Felton is a Facebook Innovation Award-winning executive and a highly technical software developer specializing in Ruby on Rails. Ryan is also a veteran, an MBA graduate, and a passionate software entrepreneur who has led the software engineering of three businesses from concept to acquisition.

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Toptal in the press

... allows corporations to quickly assemble teams that have the right skills for specific projects.

Despite accelerating demand for coders, Toptal prides itself on almost Ivy League-level vetting.

Our clients
Creating an app for the game
Conor Kenney
Creating an app for the game
Leading a digital transformation
Elmar Platzer
Leading a digital transformation
Building a cross-platform app to be used worldwide
Building a cross-platform app to be used worldwide
Drilling into real-time data creates an industry game changer
Drilling into real-time data creates an industry game changer
Tripcents wouldn't exist without Toptal. Toptal Projects enabled us to rapidly develop our foundation with a product manager, lead developer, and senior designer. In just over 60 days we went from concept to Alpha. The speed, knowledge, expertise, and flexibility is second to none. The Toptal team were as part of tripcents as any in-house team member of tripcents. They contributed and took ownership of the development just like everyone else. We will continue to use Toptal. As a startup, they are our secret weapon.

Brantley Pace

CEO & Co-Founder

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 Lean Programmers Through Toptal


Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

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

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

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

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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


  • How are Toptal Lean programmers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Lean 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 Lean programmers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

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

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Lean 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.

Tap Into World-Class Talent

  • Trusted Experts Only

    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.

  • The Right Fit

    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.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

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

  • Seamless Hiring

    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.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

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

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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