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Toptal is a marketplace for experienced Innovation Managers. Top companies and startups hire freelance Innovation Managers from Toptal for app development, web development, and other software development projects to achieve their business needs.

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Eugene Yamnitsky

Freelance Innovation Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since November 3, 2022

Eugene is an accomplished product leader working at Citrix. He has held senior leadership positions in engineering, product, and innovation management. With his background spanning established companies and startups, he supports startup accelerators by leading workshops and mentoring founders. Eugene has grown a portfolio of software as a service (SaaS) products from $140 to $200 million in four years and recently received a Doctor of Business Administration degree at Heriot-Watt University.

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Dave Ruzius

Freelance Innovation Manager
Czech RepublicToptal Member Since May 11, 2020

Dave is a well-rounded senior product manager, consultant, coach, and product owner in web and mobile development, product strategy, R&D, and innovation management. His work has won numerous awards recognized as outstanding in their respective fields. He has a down-to-earth, pragmatic attitude and business sense. Dave has worked in logistics, HR tech, hospitality, travel, and eCommerce. He is passionate about building teams around product innovation with a focus on product discovery.

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Darshan Dave

Freelance Innovation Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since January 18, 2020

Darshan is a product management and marketing specialist and a strategy, transformation, and project management expert. He is well-versed in multiple industries, domains, technologies, and markets. He is an experienced executive trusted by CXOs and founders of startups, businesses, nonprofits, and enterprises. Darshan is passionate about bringing concepts to life, simplifying complexity, crafting strategies, harnessing innovation, achieving growth, and leading cross-functional teams.

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Jessica Mean

Freelance Innovation Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since August 5, 2019

Jessica is a former Googler with a master's degree in product management from Northwestern University. She has worked with Fortune 100s, startups, and VCs throughout her career to develop product and innovation strategies and build and launch new products and services. She has launched dozens of products and services across various industries, including tech, healthcare, eCommerce, IoT, education, CPG, and finance.

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Ken Zakalik

Freelance Innovation Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since January 3, 2022

Ken is a successful tech futurist and business strategist who has had a global impact. He has a strong track record of defining innovative strategies, building and leading high-performing cross-functional teams to optimize and create new products, develop new business models, and drive innovation and growth. As with every challenge, Ken is deeply focused on keeping people and companies continuing, not just reacting but also defining the future.

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Fabian Roschig

Freelance Innovation Manager
SpainToptal Member Since December 9, 2020

Fabian has led companies through product ideation, strategy, selling, and scaling. These include TUI Travel, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Condor, where he led marketing in Spain and Latam and offices in five countries. Later, he founded two startups and built innovation labs for Telefonica and Coca-Cola. Since 2017, Fabian has freelanced in innovation, helping The Coca-Cola Company, Kicker, and Condor transform user needs and market opportunities into successful products and predictable growth.

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Arthur Agin

Freelance Innovation Manager
United StatesToptal Member Since March 4, 2020

A seasoned product management leader, Arthur thrives on delivering customer-centric digital solutions that meet and exceed ambitious business goals. His strengths include creating visionary product roadmaps and translating complex product strategies into tangible results. Arthur is passionate about building products that make a positive impact on people's lives and is committed to using his skills and experience to develop digital products that make a real difference in the world.

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Benedikt Glatzl

Freelance Innovation Manager
SwitzerlandToptal Member Since November 19, 2020

Benedikt is an IT product manager and executive with 10+ years of experience evaluating and steering products and companies in the travel, mobility, insurance, and healthtech sectors. He was a product quality strategist at Google for three years and has worked for startups at various growth stages. Benedikt has built products and product teams from scratch, pivoted products, managed product teams and managers, and helped products scale from zero to 10,000 to one million users.

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Dr. Karim Badawi

Freelance Innovation Manager
SwitzerlandToptal Member Since May 28, 2020

Karim is a passionate product and strategy professional with 15 years of experience in many markets with multi-nationals and startups in B2B and B2C. He enjoys excellent qualifications including an Executive MBA from a top business school and a Ph.D. in engineering and technology from a global top-5 university. He considers himself a life-long learner. Karim is an empathic people leader who has managed high-worth products from ideation to phase-out.

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Damian Tremlett

Freelance Innovation Manager
United KingdomToptal Member Since July 31, 2019

Damian is an experienced Agile product manager and owner with a strong collaborative leadership style. An advocate of sustainability, he believes that addressing sustainability challenges can drive innovation and build long-term competitive advantage. As a previous founder and business owner, Damian is a self-motivated, creative, and hard-working innovator. He helps business leaders and technologists find consensus on where the value lies.

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Darinka Burovska

Freelance Innovation Manager
GermanyToptal Member Since June 3, 2021

Darinka is an experienced product manager and owner focusing on SaaS B2B and B2B2C products. She leverages design thinking and data analysis to design a product strategy and roadmap that incorporates scalability and product growth. Darinka also actively communicates with all internal and external stakeholders and ensures all expectations are properly met. She has worked on the whole product management cycle, from product discovery to product delivery.

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Co-Founder & CTO

Getting set up with Toptal and finding a new team member was so easy, I don't know why anyone wouldn't give it a try. Best of all, we no longer have to worry about finding great people to help with our projects!

Mike Branch

President & CTO

One of our most time consuming problems is finding qualified staff. We need to find the correct platform to advertise on, create a proper ad, filter through tons of applications, interview and test the applicants' capabilities, and finally take a risk by hiring. This was the old way of doing things. The new way: describe the job position to our Toptal account manager, interview a few qualified applicants, and hire with a risk-free trial -- much faster, a lot easier, and with incredible results.

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How to Hire Innovation Managers Through Toptal


Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of product management 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 Innovation manager for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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


  • How are Toptal Innovation managers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Innovation managers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with product management 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 Innovation managers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with an Innovation manager within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Innovation managers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Innovation manager 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.

  • What type of talent does Toptal have?

    Our platform hosts a very diverse set of skill sets, experiences, and backgrounds. Our freelancers range from software engineers, user experience designers, project management experts, and product managers to finance experts who have worked at leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and many more.

    Our business analysis consultants are strategists with multiple years of experience in agile product development and business process optimization. They have great problem solving and communication skills. They excel at a myriad of project types, such as data analysis, business requirements analysis, and others.

  • What other services does Toptal provide?

    Besides our talent matching services, we also provide web and application development services like a development company. Through our Toptal Projects team, we assemble cross-functional teams of senior project managers, web developers, app developers, user interface designers, and freelancers with other technical skills. Our team members follow a well-defined development process to build a fully functional solution.

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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