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

Emir Kurtovic

Software Architect and Developer

Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Toptal Member Since
December 21, 2014

Emir is a talented software architect and developer with over 20 years of experience and 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. Emir is especially adept at spotting potential design flaws and improving the UI until user's manuals are no longer needed.

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App Development, App Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX)...
Node.js, PHP, Project Management, React Native, Architecture, CTO, Full-stack...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL, JavaScript, PHP, Project Management...


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.

Work Experience

2006 - PRESENT

CEO | Software Architect

  • 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 the development and customer support for small, mid-range, and large companies creating accounting software in Serbia.
  • Created web marketing software, including a webring of over 500 domains with centralized control of content (news, ads, links) and distribution.
  • Provided technical customer support and remote user support.
  • Built general company internal operation management software using YII PHP framework with a Postgres database.
  • Developed a general data scraper to be used as third-party software for social data research.
Technologies: App Development, App Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Business Ideas, Business, Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Game Development, Game Design, Gameplay Development, Mobile Game Development, Project Management, React Native, Architecture, CTO, Full-stack, Mobile Development, Technical Leadership, Technical Architecture, Data Processing, Data Science
2016 - 2018

Software Architect

  • 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, Project Management, React Native, Architecture, CTO, Full-stack, Technical Leadership, Technical Architecture, Data Processing, Data Science
2013 - 2015

Software Architect

  • 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.
  • Built an innovative 360° camera for CentrCam; it segmented and uploaded huge files from multiple computers.
  • Developed the 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: Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL, JavaScript, PHP, Project Management, Architecture, Full-stack, Technical Leadership, Technical Architecture, Data Processing, Data Science
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, Data Science
2002 - 2012

Lead Web Developer

  • 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 responsive HTML/CSS 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, Full-stack, Technical Architecture
2004 - 2006

Web Development and Sales

BC Group computers
  • Developed various eCommerce websites.
  • Integrated data and custom drop shipping.
  • Integrated and utilized Facebook, 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 a tracker.
  • Provided technical customer support.
Technologies: Third-party SDK Integration, Data Mining, MySQL, VB.NET, JavaScript, PHP, Full-stack
1996 - 2004

CEO | Customer Support | Lead Developer

MIKS Computers (Prijepolje, Serbia)
  • Worked as a computer reseller and provided maintenance, support, and desktop and web application development.
  • Gained knowledge about user experience, web, consumer, UI/UX design, and design in general.
  • Contributed to 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 the web using VBScript, CGI, and PHP.
Technologies: Android, JavaScript, PHP, Visual FoxPro, Delphi


Biotillion ColdSIGHT™ System

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.

My Contributions:
• The API to work with BeagleBone (BB)
• Implementing a TCP protocol for communication with BB
• The report generator
• The device simulator
• UI for managing freezers, the sample retrieval process

Custom Social Network

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

It included:
• Custom framework
• Data mining/data analytics
• Interactive front-end development
• Database performance optimization
• Big data handling
• Multi-tenant services
• Payment gateways implementation
• Custom eShop integration
• Web crawling for competition analysis

Speaker at WordCamp Split, Croatia, 2016

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

IronTracker is a software for tracking the inspection of iron/pipes in the oil field business.

I worked on enhanced filters, actions, multi-user accounts, user privileges, editing history, data protection, XML extraction, parsing, and exporting.

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

CharterCross Funding Platform

A client management system that provides advisory services for individual as well as corporate clients, with support for multiple managers and management hierarchy. It features client scheduling and history management, data duplicate checker, merging, and XLS importation.

Used tools include a PHP Yii framework, MySQL, MS SQL multi-layer credentials/roles and permissions configuration, a custom reporting system, and a custom Bootstrap theme.

MCAT Exam Testing Service

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) 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. The system provides practice for those who have MCAT preparation products from the AAMC.

Used tools include a 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

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

Speaker at WordCamp Switzerland

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)

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 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
• Google AdWords API
• Twitter API
• Vanilla.js UI/UX
• Big data aggregation


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


Powerful software that tracks, monitors, and analyzes brand activity across different influencer data sources

• UI/UX design


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

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—but then it started to be used as a separate service through public-provided APIs.

Improve Your Web Position (IYWP)

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.


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

WiFi 033/Co-founder

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

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, and more)



HTML, HTML5, Core PHP, JavaScript, CSS3, CSS, Visual FoxPro, PHP, Python, PHP 7, UML, SCSS, Less, Clarion, Delphi, SQL, Python 3, dBASE


PHP MVC, Vanilla JS, Bootstrap, Bootstrap 3, Yii, Yii 1, React Native, Unity, Unity2D, Express.js, Zend Framework, Symfony, FuelPHP, PHPUnit, Chrome, JavaScript MVC, Foundation CSS, Prototype Framework, Google Web Toolkit, AngularJS, Ext JS, Yii 2, Hadoop, Unity3D, Dojo, Express.io, Symfony 2, Selenium, TYPO3, Ember.js, PhoneGap, Angular


Fabric, REST APIs, Highcharts, Chart.js, jQuery Plugins, Bing Translate API, Google Translate API, MooTools, D3.js, jQuery, React Native for Web, React Redux, Stripe API, PayPal API, Node.js, Google Maps, Google Maps SDK, Google Chart API, jQuery Validation, Script.aculo.us, YUI, AngularUI, DHTMLX, Facebook SDK, Twitter API, Twitter SDK, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Facebook API, Shopify API, Pandas, Google AdWords, AdWords API, Stripe, Bing Maps, Bing Maps API, Dojo Toolkit, Instagram API


Google Analytics, PhpMyAdmin, MySQL Workbench, WP eCommerce, PHPEdit, Eclipse IDE, YUI Compressor, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Facebook Connect, Audacity, Inkscape, Apache, Google Docs, PhpStorm, Coda 2, Git, TeamViewer, Concrete5, Team Track, Zend Debugger, Zend Studio, PHP-FPM, NGINX, Google Webmaster Tools, Microsoft Excel, Appodeal, Moodle, Redactor, Pixie, Process Monitor, MetaMask


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, Clean Code, KISS, DevOps, Software Testing, Unit Testing, Rapid Prototyping, Test-driven Development (TDD), Scrum, Domain-driven Development, Data Science, Cost-sensitive Machine Learning, Desktop Web Design, App Development, Mobile Development


WordPress, WooCommerce, Firefox, MacOS, cPanel, MS-DOS, NetBeans, Docker, LAMP, Joomla 3, Joomla, osCommerce, Ubuntu, Linux, Web, Android, OS X, Shopify, Amazon Web Services (AWS), BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi, Magento, Magento API


JSON, Databases, Database Performance, Database Modeling, MySQLi, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), NoSQL, MongoDB, XML Parsing, PostGIS, Database Security, Elasticsearch

Industry Expertise

Web Design, Project Management, Security, Cybersecurity


WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Software Prototyping, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Proof of Concept (POC), 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, eCommerce, Software Architecture, Apps, Architecture, System Design, App Design, Icon Design, Mobile First, Mobile Web, Enterprise Architecture, DHTML, GUI Development, Web Development, Domain-driven Design (DDD), Web App Development, Lean Startups, Lean Development, Module Development, GitFlow, Data Scraping, Text Mining, Data Extraction, URL Extraction, Email Parsing, Domain Mining, Software, Software Consultant, Full-stack, Technical Architecture, Data Analysis, Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Search, CTO, Unity3D AI, Games, 3D Games, 2D Games, Board Games, Video Games, iPhone Games, Android Games, Mobile Games, Educational Games, Stripe Payments, TCP/IP, PSD to HTML, Information Architecture (IA), Information Extraction, Team Mentoring, PHPDoc, System Architecture, API Design, Design, Technical Project Management, Agile Software Testing, UI Testing, Document Parsing, Web Crawlers, Linux Server Administration, Regular Expressions, Technical Leadership, GPT, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), Data Processing, Third-party SDK Integration, Virtualization, Embedded Hardware, Visualization, Data Visualization, Big Data, APIs, Data-level Security, SDKs, Complex Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Large Scale Distributed Systems, 3D Modeling, Google Play Store, AdMob, Google AdMob, Google Game Services, PayPal, Reports, Machine Learning, Excel to PDF, Back-end, Hardware Drivers, Hardware Plugins, Hardware Development, Monitoring, SaaS Monitoring, Business Ideas, Business, Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Game Development, Game Design, Gameplay Development, Mobile Game Development, DApps, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT)


2001 - 2005

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty of Technical Sciences Cacak - Cacak, Serbia

1996 - 1999

Bachelor's Degree in Statistics

University of Belgrade Faculty of Mathematics - Belgrade, Serbia