Emir Kurtovic, Data Scraping Developer in Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Emir Kurtovic

Data Scraping Developer in 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




Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina



Preferred Environment

OS X, Git, PhpStorm

The most amazing...

...system I've created is a 500+ website ring with content controlled from one place.


  • CEO, Software Architect

    2006 - PRESENT
    RAPTOR Agency
    • Developed large-scale systems and provided support for horizontal and vertical scaling.
    • Implemented UI/UX improvements on customer websites.
    • 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.
    • Created brand awareness tools.
    • Built general company internal operation management software using YII PHP framework with a Postgres database.
    • Developed a general data scraper.
    Technologies: Android, PHP
  • Software Architect

    2016 - 2018
    • Managed an in-house project with team of five developers.
    • Developed the core system for a general data scraper.
    • Led the team to develop a multi-language writing tool.
    • Oversaw the education of junior developers.
    • Served as business analyst and lead for custom a lending page site creator.
    Technologies: Node.js, PHP
  • 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: AWS, MySQL, JavaScript, PHP
  • 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: Visual FoxPro, VB.NET, Delphi, Windows Server
  • 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: Nginx, Apache, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Perl, VB.NET
  • Web Development and Sales

    2004 - 2006
    BC Group computers
    • 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: Third-party SDK Integration, Data Mining, MySQL, VB.NET, JavaScript, PHP
  • CEO, Customer Support, Lead Developer

    1996 - 2004
    MIKS Computers (Prijepolje, Serbia)
    • 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: Android, JavaScript, PHP, Visual FoxPro, Delphi


  • 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

  • Custom Social Network (Development)

    Custom-developed a closed type social network for a specific use, with booking, calendar/events, wall, forum, polls, and competition tracking

    • Custom framework
    • Data mining/data analytics
    • Interactive front-end development
    • DB performance optimization
    • Big data handling
    • Multi-tenant services
    • Implementing payment gateways
    • Integrated custom EShop
    • Web crawling for competition analysis

  • Speaker at WordCamp Split, Croatia, 2016 (Other amazing things)

    Creating an AI tool to show related posts based on user engagement—tracking user interaction on posts (social shares, time spent on viewing a post, etc) to calculate related posts to be shown.

  • IronTracker for RoughneckRentals (Development)

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

    Enhanced filters, actions, multi user account, user privileges, editing history, data protection, XML extraction, parsing, and exporting

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

  • CharterCross Funding Platform (Development)

    Advisory services for individual as well as corporate clients; a client management system with support for multiple managers and manager hierarchy. Features client scheduling and history management, data duplicate checker, merging, and 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)

    The 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 US 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.

  • Speaker at WordCamp Switzerland (Other amazing things)

    WordPress "Related Posts" via user interaction.

    Created an interaction (social shares, time spent 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-a-month gathering of professionals and enthusiasts who are using various web technologies. Lots of fun, tech talk, networking, and presentations around the state of open web technologies in Bosnia and around the globe are involved.

  • 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 and 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 smart glasses.

    • Vanilla JS
    • Responsive web layout

  • Achoo (Development)

    Powerful software that tracks, monitors, and analyzes 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, an 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.

  • Game Development, Unity (Development)

    A promotional game for well-known influencers, used as a marketing promotion tool.

    • Unity, Unity3D
    • Instagram API
    • Facebook API
    • Web crawler
    • Data mining
    • Google play store administration
    • Apple store administration
    • Digital product placement
    • In-app purchases
    • 3D modeling
    • Graphic design
    • Digital marketing
    • Ad integration (Google Ads, Unity Ads, Appodeal, InMobi, etc.)

  • Toptal Mentor
    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

    HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, CSS, Visual FoxPro, PHP, Python, UML, SCSS, Less, Clarion, Delphi, SQL, Python 3, VB.NET, Perl, dBASE
  • Frameworks

    Vanilla JS, Bootstrap, Bootstrap 3, Yii, Express.js, Zend Framework, Symfony, FuelPHP, PHPUnit, Chrome, JavaScript MVC, Foundation CSS, Prototype Framework, Google Web Toolkit, AngularJS, Ext JS, Yii 2, CodeIgniter, Dojo, CakePHP, Express.io, Laravel, Symfony 2, Selenium, TYPO3, Ember.js, PhoneGap
  • Libraries/APIs

    Fabric, REST APIs, Highcharts, Charts.js, jQuery Plugins, Bing Translate API, Google Translate API, MooTools, D3.js, jQuery, Stripe API, PayPal API, Node.js, Google Maps, Google Maps SDK, Google Charts API, jQuery Validation, Script.aculo.us, YUI, AngularUI, DHTMLX, Facebook SDK, Twitter API, Twitter SDK, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Facebook API, Bing Maps, Bing Maps API, Dojo Toolkit, Instagram API
  • Tools

    Google Analytics, PhpMyAdmin, MySQL Workbench, WP eCommerce, PHPEdit, Eclipse IDE, Enterprise Architect, YUI Compressor, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Facebook Connect, Audacity, Inkscape, Gimp, Apache, Google Docs, Git Flow, PhpStorm, Coda 2, Git, TeamViewer, Concrete5, Team Track, Zend Debugger, Zend Studio, PHP-FPM, Nginx, Google Webmaster Tools, Microsoft Excel, Moodle
  • Paradigms

    Application Architecture, JavaScript MV* Framework, UI Design, UX Design, Responsive, REST, Visual Design, Database Design, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Functional Programming, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Agile Software Development, Modular Development, Clean Code, KISS, DevOps, Software Testing, Unit Testing, Rapid Prototyping, Test-driven Development (TDD), Scrum, Domain-driven Development, Cost-Sensitive Machine Learning
  • Platforms

    WordPress, WooCommerce, Firefox, MacOS, cPanel, MS-DOS, NetBeans, Docker, LAMP, Joomla 3, Joomla, osCommerce, Ubuntu, Linux, Web, Android, Windows Server, OS X, BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi, Magento, Magento API
  • Storage

    JSON, Databases, Database Performance, Database Modeling, MySQLi, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, AWS S3, NoSQL, MongoDB, XML Parsing
  • Industry Expertise

    eCommerce, Web Design, Web Development, Project Management
  • Other

    User Interface (UI), SSH, Software Design, Software Development, Visual Identity, Wireframing, Logo Design, Scraping, Web Scraping, Data Mining, Graphic Design, User Experience (UX), User-centered Design (UCD), Content Management Systems (CMS), Front-end, Chrome Extensions, Product Management, CommonJS, Software Architecture, Apps, System Design, App Design, Icon Design, Mobile First, Mobile Web, DHTML, GUI Development, Domain-driven Design (DDD), Web App Development, Lean Startups, Lean Development, Data Scraping, Text Mining, Data Extraction, URL Extraction, Email Parsing, Domain Mining, Software, Software Consultant, Data Analysis, Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Search, Stripe Payments, TCP/IP, PSD to HTML, Information Architecture (IA), Information Extraction, Team Mentoring, PHPDoc, Architecture, System Architecture, API Design, Design, Technical Project Management, Agile Software Testing, UI Testing, Document Parsing, Web Crawlers, crawl, Linux Server Administration, Regular Expressions, Third-party SDK Integration, AWS, Machine Learning, Excel to PDF


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    2001 - 2005
    Faculty of Technical Sciences Cacak - Cacak. Serbia
  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics
    1996 - 1999
    University of Belgrade Faculty of Mathematics - Belgrade, Serbia

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