Franco Risso, Software Developer in Berlin, Germany
Franco Risso

Software Developer in Berlin, Germany

Member since December 19, 2014
Franco has been working on PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript since the dark days of Internet Explorer 5. He loves REST APIs to separate consumers from providers and TDD to improve code quality. He thrives in Laravel framework for PHP and React/Redux for JavaScript. He has read extensively on startups and believes in their potential to bolster the economy and social progress. He is a proactive individual, constantly striving to improve his work.
Franco is now available for hire



  • PHP, 10 years
  • JavaScript, 9 years
  • jQuery, 6 years
  • React, 4 years
  • Redux, 3 years
  • Laravel, 3 years
  • AngularJS, 2 years
  • Sass, 1 year


Berlin, Germany



Preferred Environment

Macbook Pro with OS X, Atom, iTerm

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is a neural network to recognize handwritten numbers.


  • Web Developer

    2015 - 2016
    • Maintained the site and fixed bugs.
    • Re-implemented the site in a more modern environment, splitting the project between a REST API using Laravel and the front-end using React/Redux.
    Technologies: PHP, Laravel, Javascript, React, Redux
  • Senior WordPress Developer for SalesForce Locator Map

    2015 - 2015
    3five (via Toptal)
    • Tweaked a JS script to improve the experience with a Google map.
    Technologies: WordPress, jQuery, JavaScript, Google Maps
  • XML/PHP/WordPress Expert

    2015 - 2015 (via Toptal)
    • Changed layout of a search box, made it responsive, and changed the direction of the search form.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, JavaScript
  • Web Developer

    2014 - 2015
    • Worked with a custom CMS to integrate multiple websites.
    • Dug into crazy coded websites, adding features on them and trying to improve code along the way.
    • Created a Python script and integrated it with a PHP service for generating PDF files from DOC files, based on the LibreOffice plugin to convert them.
    • Refactored a work platform to allow switching from normal mode to career fair mode when Quantum Career Fair closed the deal with them to use this platform as the principal platform to communicate between contractors and employees.
    • Sliced HTML/CSS from PSD files using Sass.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, jQuery
  • Founder

    2014 - 2014
    Violet Glasses
    • Created Android apps for and integrated them with Facebook login.
    • Created a webapp for and a simple API from which android applications read data.
    • Created a Facebook campaign with a budget of $600USD which got 25K likes.
    • Created a Google campaign, which got to around 5000 users per day.
    • Used GoogleAppEngine to store the project and deploy different versions. Integrated Laravel and MySQL to the almost new PHP support back then.
    • Created, a website for sharing travel pics, imported from Facebook. Integrated with Cloudinary for the image CDN.
    • Created a small Android game based on LibGDX.
    Technologies: Java, Android, Laravel, MySQL, Google App Engine
  • Founder

    2008 - 2014
    • Created a custom CMS system and sold it to multiple customers to manage their websites easily.
    • Built eCommerce systems from scratch, integrating with custom payment platforms.
    • Developed a system that allows users to upload pictures, then cut them and apply some effects, and finally ask the provider to print it for them with a payment platform. It also has an admin area where the provider can see the requests, and set the state of the order.
    • Created a single-page web app based on BackboneJS for a fashion company with a custom design and a really tight schedule.
    • Developed a WordPress theme from scratch and updated themes to fit users' needs.
    • Adjusted WordPress to be a single-page app using BackboneJS.
    • Created an application called "Hobbies and careers" to let you choose your interests and search for videos related in YouTube, with relevance to education, using Google's Freebase library, and the relationship with YouTube videos.
    • Fully integrated Facebook signup.
    • Created a Facebook application for making auctions and letting Facebook users to bid on different products, used by two big companies: Ocean Hotels and Aloft Hotels.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, jQuery, AngularJS, Laravel, CodeIgniter
  • Full-stack Developer

    2012 - 2013
    • Converted the website to a single page app.
    • Took care of project management and development of a new way to search and list music.
    • Created a recommendation system based on user preferences about music and built a Sphinx search engine on top of that.
    • Created a way to track blogs that were using our embed player and list them on the site.
    • Optimized database queries and design and migrated millions of records to better-designed tables.
    • Created the specs and design guidelines to build a new player that works across the site with a queue of songs.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL, Sphinx, jQuery, Memcached, Unix


  • (Development)

    Worked as PHP developer in a CodeIgniter project, we switch later to Laravel for the API and React/Redux for the front-end.

  • Hobbies & Careers (Development)

    This is the source code for a project I did for Koding's Hackathon 2014 (, and get into the top 30 projects.

    It has a signup module with Facebook login integration, then you can choose any topic you like (say, Gardening) and the system will save it as your topic of interest, and using Google's Freebase (now passed to Wikimedia), it searches using the YouTube API and some filters to return educational videos you may like.

  • CoinsTracker (Development)

    A simple project with register/login and the possibility for a user to add expenses and track them. Uses Laravel 5, MySQL for the back-end and jQuery, Bootstrap, and AngularJS for the front-end. Has a REST API on one end. Uses OAuth2 for authentication. This was developed using TDD, so it has test cases for the API.

  • (Development)

    This is a music website that aims to be a place for musicians, especially for rap and hip hop, so they can launch their demos and get instant feedback. It manages millions of visits per month and almost 10 million music tracks as well as featured groups and blogs.

  • Tasadi (Development)

    An HTML theme that I've adapted for WordPress which was adjusted to be a single-page website (or web app) using BackboneJS. It also presents different effects that were custom-made for it, and the administration is really simple using the Types plugin.

  • Authors' Quotes (Development)

    A native Android app that lists different quotes organized by author. It was done following Android design guidelines.

  • Life Quotes (Development)

    An Android app, working as a simple gallery of images with quotes to share and save.

  • Really Cool Quotes (Development)

    A website with a listing of quotes classified by subjects, which has Facebook login integration.

  • Twitter Bootstrap Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
    This resource contains a collection of Twitter Bootstrap best practices and Twitter Bootstrap tips provided by our Toptal network members.
  • PHP Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
    This resource contains a collection of PHP best practices and PHP tips provided by our Toptal network members.


  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, CSS3, HTML, CSS, Sass, HTML5, Python, Octave
  • Frameworks

    Redux, CodeIgniter, AngularJS, Laravel, Bootstrap, Compass
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, jQuery UI, jQuery, Node.js, Google Maps, Twitter API, Google API, Facebook Open Graph API, Backbone.js, Facebook SDK
  • Platforms

    Ubuntu Linux, WordPress, Linux, MacOS, Android
  • Other

    Cython, Lean Startups
  • Tools

    Git, Sublime Text 2, MySQL Workbench, Google Analytics
  • Paradigms

    Test-driven Development (TDD), Agile Software Development, Unit Testing, Scrum
  • Storage

    Memcached, MySQL, Sphinx Search Engine


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
    2005 - 2009
    Universidad Nacional de Cordoba - Cordoba

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