Emir Kurtovic

Emir Kurtovic

Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Emir Kurtovic

Emir Kurtovic

Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Member since October 1, 2014
Emir is a talented software architect and developer with 20+ years of experience. He is fully capable of everything from leading a team to working solo. He enjoys finding the potential in customer ideas and improving them as needed during the development process. He is adept at spotting potential design flaws and improving the UI until user's manuals are no longer needed.
Emir is now available for hire
  • PHP, 13 years
  • MySQL, 9 years
  • JavaScript, 7 years
  • jQuery, 5 years
  • Lean Development, 4 years
  • jQuery UI, 3 years
  • Yii, 3 years
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Preferred Environment
PhpStorm, Git, OS X
The most amazing...
...system I've created is a 500+ website ring with content controlled from one place.
  • CEO, Software Architect
    RAPTOR Agency
    2006 - PRESENT
    • Developed large-scale systems and provided support for horizontal and vertical scaling.
    • Implemented UI/UX improvements.
    • Achieved a breakthrough by using Amazon services.
    • Extended the use of frameworks, including CodeIgniter, Zend, and Yii.
    • Handled development and customer support for small, mid-range, and large companies creating accounting software in Serbia.
    • Created web marketing software, including a web-ring of 500+ domains with centralized control of content (news, ads, links) and distribution.
    • Provided technical customer support and remote user support.
    Technologies: PHP, Android
  • Software Architect
    2013 - 2015
    • Architected software for Accomplice, helping marketers deliver the most relevant message to the most receptive audience analyzing data from multi-channel social networks and using machine learning.
    • Developed a website for ODG VR glasses; the really interesting thing is when developers take full advantage of their AR capabilities.
    • Architected software for The Orchard, a specialized web shop for jewelry. Complex data queries, multiple SDK integration, free items attribute definition, complex back-end for interface, and usability configuration.
    • Developed for CentrCam, an innovative 360-degree camera. Segmented upload huge files from multiple computers.
    • Developed UI/UX for Achoo, created to give bloggers and news media websites a different approach to work together, and to better leverage the opportunity of influential marketing within the content.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, AWS
  • Developer
    1998 - 2014
    • Learned small, midsize, and large company accounting.
    • Provided live accounting data management with customer reliability and confidentiality.
    • Developed accounting workflow features according to customer requirements.
    • Generated custom reports and optimized queries.
    • Provided documentation and versioning with backward compatibility. The Holy Grail of accounting.
    Technologies: MS Windows Server, Delphi, Vb.net, FoxPro
  • Lead Web Developer
    2002 - 2012
    • Worked with a large number of customers, doing web development support for a hosting company and dealing with everyday server problems.
    • Dealt with server load problems stemming from overuse of deprecated functions and an increasing number of visitors.
    • Designed pixel perfect HTML/CSS responsive sites.
    • Multitasked on several different fronts, from development and design to server maintenance.
    • Worked on internet marketing, distributing the system with ads, links, and keyword-related content serving.
    Technologies: VB.NET, Perl, Python, PHP, JavaScript, Apache, Nginx
  • Web Development and Sales
    BC Group computers
    2004 - 2006
    • Developed eCommerce websites.
    • Integrated data and custom drop shipping.
    • Integrated and utilized FB, Twitter, and Instagram SDKs.
    • Mined data and tracked competition and customers, performing big data analytics.
    • Optimized MySQL/SQL queries.
    • Provided per-person optimizations.
    • Built a custom URL shortener with tracker.
    • Provided technical customer support.
    Technologies: PHP, JavaScript, VB.NET, MySQL, Data mining, SDK integration
  • CEO, Customer Support, Lead Developer
    MIKS Computers (Prijepolje, Serbia)
    1996 - 2004
    • Worked as a computer reseller. Provided maintenance, support, and desktop and web application development.
    • Gained knowledge about user experience, web, consumer, UI/UX design, and design in general.
    • Worked on the development of accounting software now used by most of the companies in my hometown.
    • Worked creatively to produce commercials for a local radio/TV station. Learned to use SoundForge and MultiTrack audio mixers.
    • Developed for web using VBScript, CGI, and PHP.
    Technologies: Delphi, FoxPro, PHP, JavaScript, Android
  • Biotillion ColdSight System (Development)

    The purpose of the ColdSIGHT™ system is to track sample boxes in ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers. ColdSIGHT™ is designed for -80 ºC freezers that contain racks placed on shelves which in turn hold boxes of samples.

    I was working on:
    - API to work with beaglebone (BB)
    - Implementing TCP protocol for communication with BB
    - Report generator
    - Device simulator
    - UI for managing freezers, sample retrieval process

  • IronTracker for RoughneckRentals (Development)

    Software for tracking the inspection of iron/pipe in the oil field business.

    Enhanced filters, actions, multi user account, user priviledges, editing history, data protection

    PHP/Yii, JavaScript/jQuery, CSS/Bootstrap
    Databse: MySQL

  • CharterCross Funding Platform (Development)

    Advisory services for individual as well as corporate clients. Client management system with support for multiple managers, manager hierarchy. Client scheduling and history management. Data duplicate checker, merging, XLS importer.

    PHP Yii framework, MySQL, MS SQL Multi-layer credentials/roles and permissions configuration custom reporting system, custom Bootstrap theme.

  • MCAT Exam Testing Service (Development)

    System provides practice for those who have MCAT preparation products from the AAMC.The Medical College Admission Test by the AAMC, is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian medical schools require you to submit MCAT exam scores as part of your admission application.

    PHP Yii framework, MySQL, Stripe, and PayPal payment system SDKs, custom reporting system, custom Bootstrap theme, and content copy protection

  • Conference Speaker at Google Code Day (Other amazing things)

    Keynote title: Yii: Yes it is! Advanced techniques, simplicity, syntax, modules, widgets, extensions, and scalability. Announcing Yii2

  • Speaker at WordCamp Switzerland (Other amazing things)

    WordPress 'Related Posts' via user interaction.

    Created an interaction (social shares, time spend on post, etc) to calculate related posts to be shown.

  • Co-Founder of OpenWeb meetup (Former PHP BH) (Other amazing things)

    Bosnia OpenWeb Meetup is a once in a month gathering of professionals and enthusiasts who are using various web technologies. Lot's of fun, tech talk, networking and presentations around the state of open web technologies in Bosnia and around the globe are warranted.

  • Accomplice (Development)

    Accomplice helps marketers run the most efficient digital ad campaigns in the world with our first-in-class optimization technology.

    Accomplice is fast-growing, Series-A funded digital marketing software company based in San Francisco. We work with brands & agencies to make their marketing smarter by connecting the dots between digital marketing and business objectives.

    - machine learning
    - cost-driven automatization
    - FB API
    - Google AdWords API
    - Twitter API
    - Vanilla.js UI/UX
    - big data aggregation

  • ODG (Development)

    Osterhout Design Group (ODG) is a private company headquartered in San Francisco. Our story begins in 1999, revolutionizing the high-tech toy industry by integrating high-performance electronics to create devices loved by the old and young alike. Today, ODG is changing the world of computing with its Augmented Reality Smartglasses.

    - Vanilla.js
    - Responsive web layout

  • Achoo (Development)

    Powerful Software that Tracks, Monitors and Analyses Brand Activity across Different Influencer Data Sources

    - UI/UX design

  • CentrCam (Development)

    CENTR allows you to capture your experiences and share them in a whole new way. The CENTR Camera allows you to record 360° video in real time.


    - web development
    - Vanilla.js
    - embedded video player
    - large files segmented upload

  • æ URL Shortner (Development)

    A simple but effective URL shortener with an API for developers. I created it for the IYWP system, as existing solutions did not match our requirements.

  • Improve Your Web Position (IYWP) (Development)

    Unlike other online advertising systems, IYWP utilizes over 500 self-maintained websites/domains to produce a back-linking service for our customers. It features a web system with centrally controlled content, enabling search functionality for sites with a given niche/keyword.

    Technologies used: PHP/JavaScript, MySQL, server optimization.

    Sub-projects: URL shortener, user tracker, ads server

  • Raumkraft (Development)

    Custom made WordPress site, custom plugins, on-page interaction. Pixel perfect theme with several master pages.

  • WiFi 033/Co-founder (Development)

    Local community wireless network site. With a simple and unique front-end it has a powerful back-end, tracking customer payments and activity, AP geolocations, and system costs, predicting revenue, and auto-serving invoices.

  • Emir is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Emir shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.
  • Languages
    JavaScript, CSS3, CSS, FoxPro, PHP, Delphi, SQL, UML, LessCSS, SCSS, Clarion, dBASE
  • Frameworks
    Bootstrap 3, Vanilla JS, JavaScript MV* Framework, Zend Framework, Yii, Bootstrap, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, TYPO3, Dojo, Ext JS 5, YUI App Framework, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, Zend, JavaScript MVC, Foundation CSS, Ember.js, Prototype, PhoneGap, Express.io, Yii 2, Symfony2, Symfony, Express.js, Laravel, Kendo MVC, Zend Framework 2, Kendo, AngularJS, Selenium, Ext JS, FuelPHP, PHPUnit, Kendo UI
  • Libraries/APIs
    Google Translate API, jQuery, JSON REST API, Fabric, MooTools, Bing Translate API, REST API, Highcharts JS, Charts.js, D3.js, YUI, Script.aculo.us, Facebook SDK, Twitter API, Twitter SDK, Google Charts API, Google Maps, Google Maps SDK, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, PayPal API, Facebook API, Node.js, DHTMLX, Stripe API, AngularUI, Bing Maps, Bing Maps API, Dojo Toolkit, Instagram API
  • Tools
    Coda 2, PhpStorm, Google Analytics, MySQL Workbench, YUI Compressor, Enterprise Architect, Git flow, Google Docs, Eclipse, Eclipse IDE, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PHPEdit, WP e-Commerce, jQuery Plugins, phpMyAdmin, Apache, Gimp, Inkscape, Audacity, Adobe Creative Suite, Facebook Connect, NetBeans, Git, Zend debugger, TeamViewer, Concrete5, Google Webmaster Tools, Team Track, Nginx, php-fpm, Zend Studio, Moodle
  • Paradigms
    UX Design, Application Architecture, REST, User-centered Design, KISS, Clean Code, Modular Development, Agile Software Development, Visual Design, Database Design, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Domain-driven Design, Cross-browser JavaScript, Web Design, Functional Programming, UI Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Test-driven Development (TDD), Rapid Prototyping, Software Testing, Unit Testing, Domain-driven Development, Scrum, Cost-Sensitive Machine Learning
  • Platforms
    Mac OS X, Firefox, MS-DOS, WordPress, Mac, Mac OS, cPanel, WooCommerce, Linux, Ubuntu, osCommerce, Joomla 3, Joomla, BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi
  • Storage
    PostgreSQL, Database Modeling, MySQLi, Database Performance, Databases, MySQL, Amazon S3, NoSQL, MongoDB, SQLite
  • Misc
    SSH, Chrome Extensions, Web App Development, Graphic Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Lean Development, Web Development, GUI Development, DHTML, Mobile Web, Mobile First, HTML5 Mobile Apps, CMS, Icon Design, App Design, System Design, Front-end Architecture, Software Architecture, eCommerce, CommonJS, Content Management, Product Management, Responsive Web Apps, Data Mining, Web Scraping, Scraping, Designer, Logo Design, Wireframing, Visual Identity, Software Design, Software Development, Lean Startups, Design, CSS Preprocessors, API Design, Project Management, Technical Project Management, Information Architecture (IA), Information extraction, jQuery Validation, Agile Software Testing, System Architecture, TCP/IP, PayPal Integration, Architecture, PHPDoc, Stripe Payments, Team Mentoring, PSD to HTML5, UI Testing, Machine Learning
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Faculty of Technical Sciences Cacak - Cacak. Serbia
    2001 - 2005
  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics
    University of Belgrade Faculty of Mathematics - Belgrade, Serbia
    1996 - 1999
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