Eqbal Quran, Developer in Amman, Amman Governorate, Jordan
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Eqbal Quran

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Full-stack Developer

Location
Amman, Amman Governorate, Jordan
Toptal Member Since
June 13, 2014

Eqbal is an accomplished CTO with 16+ years of experience in AI, blockchain, and full-stack development. He combines technical prowess with strategic leadership to drive innovation and digital transformation. His expertise in managing and mentoring tech teams has led to the successful delivery of impactful digital solutions. Eqbal is dedicated to enhancing efficiency, user engagement, and organizational growth through innovative technology.

Portfolio

Playhera
Agile Software Development, LangChain, Ruby, Python, Next.js...
Mrsool
Agile Software Development, Management, Team Leadership, Team Management...
ClickFunnels
CircleCI, Heroku, Memcached, Redis, MySQL, Trailblazer, JavaScript, RSpec...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Python, Ruby on Rails (RoR), React, LangChain, Keras, Team Leadership, Digital Transformation, Business Process Automation, DApps, IT Strategy

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is an AI dispatcher for Mrsool, slashing delivery times by 20%, boosting retention by 30%, and engaging three million active users.

Work Experience

Chief Technology Officer

2023 - PRESENT
Playhera
  • Transformed the technology team into a product-centric organization, boosting efficiency by 30%, and recruited over 50 high-caliber engineers, setting the stage for sustained innovation and growth.
  • Standardized operational processes and systems, reducing project delivery times by 25%, and directly oversaw the launch of Playhera's platform, now supporting over 500,000 active users across gaming and esports ecosystems.
  • Integrated advanced cloud gaming and eCommerce solutions, enhancing user experience and increasing engagement by 40%, alongside developing an AI-powered recommendation engine that boosted user retention and discovery by 50%.
  • Architected and implemented APIs for games as a service (GaaS), enhancing platform scalability and supporting a user growth rate of 35% year-over-year.
  • Pioneered the use of decentralized DApps for blockchain in gaming, significantly enhancing transaction security and innovating monetization strategies.
  • Played a key role in strategic planning and vision-setting, aligning technology initiatives with business goals to secure a competitive edge in the highly competitive gaming industry.
Technologies: Agile Software Development, LangChain, Ruby, Python, Next.js, Cross-functional Team Leadership, APIs, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Chief Technology Officer

2019 - 2024
Mrsool
  • Transformed Mrsool's technology infrastructure to support growth from startup to maturity, increasing system capacity tenfold and handling a significant rise in user traffic.
  • Led a 100+ developer tech team through a pivotal transition, evolving from the founding group to a robust, multidisciplinary Agile team, enhancing productivity by 40% and customer satisfaction by 50%.
  • Spearheaded key technology initiatives, establishing Mrsool as a leading on-demand delivery service in the MENA region, improving service delivery and operational efficiency, and supporting an 80% increase in traffic.
  • Aligned technological developments with strategic business goals, ensuring enhancements integrated seamlessly with new marketing initiatives and drove significant traffic growth.
  • Directed comprehensive team development and training programs, significantly improving project delivery efficiency by 35% and enhancing team skills.
  • Streamlined workflow planning, priority assessment, and task allocation, matching the right expertise to the projects.
  • Mastered the art of effective communication, articulating proposed solutions across the business while comprehending project scope fundamentals.
  • Refactored the main repository's codebase and streamlined project requirement processes, which improved code maintainability by 50% and ensured smoother project executions aligned with business objectives.
  • Invested in team development by implementing strategies, training, and growth plans aligned with project objectives and fostering consistent achievement.
  • Optimized the platform for enhanced performance and reliability, enabling the seamless support of increased traffic, marketing initiatives, and shifting corporate goals.
Technologies: Agile Software Development, Management, Team Leadership, Team Management, Strategic Planning & Execution, Digital Transformation, Lean Startups, Technical Leadership

Team Lead/Senior Ruby Engineer

2018 - 2020
ClickFunnels
  • Maintained an extensive online marketing application with over 50,000 subscribing customers.
  • Moved from using Rails controllers to building a more scalable/isolated RESTful API using Grape and Sidekiq. While this made the application more scalable, we spent time on reliability by adding many integration/unit tests for the new API.
  • Used best practices to create a clean, well-documented code.
  • Refactored the codebase, scaled the API using many PORO/abstractions, and moved from relying on MVC to microservices.
  • Reviewed code, managed issues, and ensured high code quality.
  • Implemented new features, participated in business decisions like prioritizing tasks and estimates for new features, and improved the overall development process.
Technologies: CircleCI, Heroku, Memcached, Redis, MySQL, Trailblazer, JavaScript, RSpec, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Technical Leadership, Architecture

Technical Team Lead (MENA)

2016 - 2018
Cookpad
  • Managed a team of developers, monitored performance, and ensured the consistent achievement of project targets/deliverables.
  • Planned the workflow, assessed priorities, allocated timescales, and distributed work per level of expertise required.
  • Utilized Ruby as well as Rails to develop user-facing features.
  • Reviewed code, managed issues, and ensured the provision of high code quality.
  • Managed update/code development project phases and ensured that documentation maximized usability, scalability, performance, and quality.
Technologies: RSpec, React, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Technical Leadership, Architecture

Full-stack Ruby on Rails Engineer

2014 - 2015
Perchwell
  • Added new functionalities for the site.
  • Moved from jQuery to use Backbone.js for the front end.
  • Created tests for the project.
  • Enhanced the performance of the site by creating a separate API to communicate with the front end using JSON.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ansible, PostgreSQL, Backbone.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Elasticsearch, Ruby, Technical Leadership, Architecture

Senior Ruby/Rails Developer

2014 - 2014
Dubber, Pty., Ltd. (via Toptal)
  • Added new functionalities using Ruby on Rails.
  • Created tests using RSpec and Capybara.
  • Created UI components using HTML/CSS/CoffeeScript.
  • Created new functionalities for the telephony system using WebRTC.
Technologies: WebRTC, CoffeeScript, CSS, HTML, Capybara, RSpec, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Architecture

Ruby Developer

2014 - 2014
Clearlogin, Inc. (via Toptal)
  • Created a scalable/fast log management system using a separate MongoDB and migrating the old data from MySQL.
Technologies: MongoDB, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Architecture

Software Engineer, Account Manager

2009 - 2014
Cubiic
  • Managed a small team to deliver a native mobile application and SMS-based solution. Handed the development, deployment, design, and architecture of the software for mobile operators and integrated the solution with the back-end and billing system of the mobile operator.
  • Created a SMS-based chat application to chat with Facebook, MSN, GTalk, and Yahoo accounts using simple SMSs. Used the C++ and Qt framework to develop the application for performance issues and used Amazon cloud servers to scale. Developed this application for the Nedjma mobile operator http://www.wataniya-algerie.com/extranet/web/serviceparticulier/nedjma-net.
  • Created a native iPhone and Blackberry chat application for Nedjma and integrated it with Nedjma’s billing system. Allowed the user to pay a monthly subscription, talk, and send unlimited photos and voice messages to friends. http://www.wataniya-algerie.com/extranet/web/serviceparticulier/nedjma-net.
  • Created an iPhone application using Objective-C for Ramadan. Used Ruby and EC2 server for the back-end (http://itunes.apple.com/lb/app/live-ramadan/id385779970?mt=8).
  • Built a WAP portal for Nedjma using WML for old devices, WAP 2.0, and XHTMLMP for smart phones (http://wap.nedjma.dz).
Technologies: XHTML, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), WML, Objective-C, Qt, C++, Technical Leadership, Architecture

Project Manager, Software Engineer

2008 - 2009
NAHARNET
  • Managed a small team of four Rails developers, one web designer, and one graphic designer. Used Scrum as a project management methodology and Basecamp to manage and track projects.
  • Developed, deployed, and maintained the www.tahawor.com site.
  • Developed, deployed, and maintained the www.naharna.com site based on Web 3.0 and semantic (RDF) technology.
  • Developed, deployed, and maintained the http://elections.naharnet.com site.
  • Applied TDD/BDD approaches to software development.
Technologies: Basecamp, Ruby on Rails (RoR)

Software Engineer

2007 - 2008
TootCorp
  • Handled development of the company sites (www.ikbis.com, www.watwet.com, and www.itoot.net) and added new features for them using the Rails framework as a primary web development framework language. Was also responsible for managing all the information technology needs of TootCorp network, including sites administration and other security issues.
  • Created a Facebook application for the WatWet site using the rFacebook library (http://apps.facebook.com/watwets/).
  • Modified both www.ikbis.com and www.watwet.com sites to Web 2.0 technology and Ajax.
  • Developed several Ruby on Rails applications for internal and external uses.
  • Developed a set of standards‐compliant SEO-friendly templates and widgets for our site. Developed several plugins for internal use. Managed and administered sites using EC2 cloud servers.
Technologies: Amazon EC2, Facebook, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ajax

Web Developer

2005 - 2007
Jeeran
  • Worked as a web developer on Jeeran, the biggest Arab social network and blogging site with more than 1 million active members. Used Microsoft technology (.NET, C#, Micosoft SQL server, etc.). Implemented numerous changes regarding the look and feel of the site (GUI) and tried to make it based on Web 2.0 technologies. Made the first Arabic Facebook application.
  • Created the first Arabic Facebook application for the Jeeran site (JeeranBlogger) using.NET framework, FBML, FBJS, and other technologies. Allowed users to quickly and easily integrate existing blogs into their Facebook profiles, getting more exposure for their blogs and sharing content with friends (http://apps.facebook.com/jeeranblogappdemo/).
Technologies: Graphical User Interface (GUI), C#, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET

Jeeran iPhone App

Created the first version of Jeeran's iPhone application.

Ikbis Website

I was part of the team that created the first version of the site, using Ruby on Rails and AWS for deployment.

Jeeran Website

I was part of the team that created the early version of the site.

Nedjma WAP Portal

I was part of the team that created the WEB/WAP portal for the Algerian client Nedjma.

Birdy Nam Nam iOS Game

I was part of the team that created the first version of the iPhone game.

Personal Site

My personal website, created using Bootstrap 3.0 with HTML5 and CSS3.

Clearlogin Log Management System

Created a scalable/fast log management system using a separate MongoDB and migrating the old data from MySQL.

Dubber, Pty., Ltd. (via Toptal)

Joined the Dubber team to create new functionalities for the telephony system using WebRTC.

Perchwell - Real Estate Smart Engine

http://www.perchwell.com
A technology company creating innovative products for real estate professionals and consumers that improves the home search, discovery, and decision-making process.
2020 - 2022

MicroMaster's Degree in Statistics and Data Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Online

2001 - 2006

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering

Yarmouk University (YU) - Irbid, Jordan

JANUARY 2019 - JANUARY 2021

Probability - The Science of Uncertainty and Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

OCTOBER 2017 - PRESENT

Self-driving Car Engineer Nanodegree

Udacity

SEPTEMBER 2017 - PRESENT

Machine Learning Nanodegree

Udacity

MARCH 2009 - PRESENT

Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP)

Oracle

JANUARY 2009 - PRESENT

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco

Libraries/APIs

Node.js, Rack, Backbone.js, WebRTC, jQuery, ØMQ, EventMachine, jQuery Mobile, React, Facebook API, Pandas, Keras

Tools

Bitbucket, Git, Terminal, Sublime Text, GitHub, RabbitMQ, Pivotal Tracker, Jira, TextMate, Vim Text Editor, Basecamp, RSpec, Ansible, CircleCI, GitLab

Frameworks

Angular, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Celluloid, Core Telephony, Ember.js, Bootstrap, Adhearsion, OpenSIPs, Sinatra, RubyMotion, GrapesJS, Qt, .NET, Capybara, Cocoa, Hadoop, UIKit, Next.js

Languages

Crystal, Ruby, Python, SQL, CoffeeScript, Sass, JavaScript, CSS, Haml, Bash Script, HTML5, C++, WML, XHTML, C#, HTML, Java, PHP, Objective-C, Erlang

Paradigms

Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile Software Development, Actor Programming, Concurrent Programming, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Model View Controller (MVC), Functional Programming, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Extreme Programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Design (OOD), Distributed Programming, Scrum, Management

Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS), MacOS, Amazon EC2, Director, Ubuntu, iOS, Linux, Heroku, Kubernetes, Blockchain, Oracle, Meteor

Storage

Redis, NoSQL, MongoDB, MySQL, Memcached, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, Elasticsearch, Neo4j, PostgreSQL

Other

Data Analysis, Team Leadership, Writing & Editing, CTO, Blockchain Development, Technical Leadership, Architecture, FastAPI, Back-end, LangChain, DApps, Customized Blockchains, Ember CLI, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Ajax, Facebook, Graphical User Interface (GUI), Trailblazer, Team Management, Strategic Planning & Execution, Digital Transformation, Lean Startups, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Statistics, Reinforcement Learning, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Deep Learning, Supervised Learning, Web Development, Applets, Networking, Securities, Business Process Automation, IT Strategy, Probability Theory, Engineering, Cross-functional Team Leadership, APIs

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