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 Node.js frameworks like Express and React/Redux for the front end. He has read extensively on startups and believes in their potential to bolster economy and social progress. He is a proactive individual, constantly striving to improve his work.
Franco is now available for hire




Berlin, Germany



Preferred Environment

Terminal, VS Code

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is an engine to render components from GraphQL queries.


  • Senior Front-end Developer

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Led a small front-end team. I changed the architecture of the systems, created microservices, and adjusted scaling for big peaks of requests.
    Technologies: Kubernetes, Node.js, React, JavaScript
  • 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: Redux, React, JavaScript, Laravel, PHP
  • 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: Google Maps, JavaScript, jQuery, WordPress
  • XML/PHP/WordPress Expert

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

    2014 - 2014
    Violet Glasses
    • Created Android apps for and integrated them with Facebook login.
    • Created a web app for and a simple API from which Android applications read data.
    • Created a Facebook campaign with a budget of $600 USD which got 25,000 likes.
    • Created a Google campaign which got to around 5,000 users per day.
    • Used Google AppEngine to store the project and deploy different versions. Integrated Laravel and MySQL to the almost-new PHP support.
    • Created, a website for sharing travel pics that are imported from Facebook. Integrated with Cloudinary for the image CDN.
    • Created a small Android game based on LibGDX.
    Technologies: Google App Engine, MySQL, Laravel, Android, Java
  • 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: CodeIgniter, Laravel, AngularJS, jQuery, MySQL, PHP
  • 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: Unix, Memcached, jQuery, Sphinx Search Engine, MySQL, PHP



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

  • Hobbies and Careers

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

    It has a signup module with Facebook login integration, after which you can choose any topic you like (say, gardening) and the system will save it as your topic of interest. 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

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


    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

    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

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

  • Life Quotes

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

  • Really Cool Quotes

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

  • Zalando Lounge

    Worked in the front-end app, I have touched and changed almost every screen on the website. This website is live in 13 countries and has millions of requests.

  • Zalando

    Part of the core team creating the front-end framework to render the website. This is the biggest European fashion retailer.

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  • PHP Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
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  • PHP Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
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  • Twitter Bootstrap Best Practices and Tips by Toptal Developers (Publication)
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  • Languages

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

    Express.js, Koa, Redux, CodeIgniter, Laravel, AngularJS, Bootstrap
  • Libraries/APIs

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

    MacOS, WordPress, Kubernetes, Ubuntu Linux, Linux, AWS Lambda, Unix, Google App Engine, Android
  • Other

    Cython, Kubernetes Operations (Kops), Lean Startups
  • Tools

    Git, Sublime Text 2, MySQL Workbench, VS Code, Terminal, Google Analytics
  • Paradigms

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

    AWS DynamoDB, Memcached, MySQL, Sphinx Search Engine


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

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