Loran Mutafov, Software Engineer and Website Developer in London, United Kingdom
Loran Mutafov

Software Engineer and Website Developer in London, United Kingdom

Member since October 28, 2020
Loran has ten years of professional experience as a software engineer, but he's been programming since he was 12. It's not just a job for him; it's a passion. He has delivered small projects on an ASAP basis and others that had to be more robust, extensively tested, and perform at scale. Loran flexes his approach to meet each client's needs and will never build something you don't need.
Loran is now available for hire


  • Appear Here
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Git, Mapbox, Datadog, Jenkins, Amazon EKS...
  • Gousto
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Git, Go, Amazon SQS...
  • Amara
    Docker, Git, Behat, Gherkin, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Jenkins...



London, United Kingdom



Preferred Environment

Docker, Git, React, Go, Jira, GitHub, Visual Studio Code, MacOS

The most amazing...

...personal project I'm developing is a platform to train chatbots with AI.


  • Software Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    Appear Here
    • Improved the Apdex score from 0.6 to 0.85 by analyzing and introducing front-end and back-end optimizations.
    • Reduced CI runtime from 1.5 hours to 45min, resulting in happier developers and better cycle time.
    • Stabilized CI builds from 30% to 90%, mainly by fixing either flaky tests or flaky parts in the system.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Git, Mapbox, Datadog, Jenkins, Amazon EKS, Kubernetes, AWS ECR, AWS ECS, Terraform, AWS, GraphQL, REST, Kanban, Cypress.io, Jest, React, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Software Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    • Moved Gousto's recipes' source of truth from a monolith to a new microservice.
    • Developed specs for a messaging contract to help other teams slowly migrate and move closer to the event-driven architecture we had envisioned.
    • Led refinements and retrospectives, planned team capacity, and tracked metrics as the squad's agile champion. Planned Gousto-hosted tech events as an events champion.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Git, Go, Amazon SQS, AWS Push Notification Service (AWS SNS), AWS ECS, AWS, CircleCI, REST, Scrum, Cypress.io, Jest, React, MySQL, Python, Codeception, PHPUnit, Test-driven Development (TDD), Lumen, Laravel, PHP 7
  • Software Engineer

    2016 - 2018
    • Delivered core repository features, optimizations, fixes, implementations, and key migrations from Symfony 1 to Symfony 2.
    • Planned systems architecture changes for future scaling.
    • Brought VarCon to PHP: https://github.com/AmaraLiving/php-varcon.
    Technologies: Docker, Git, Behat, Gherkin, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Jenkins, Kanban, React, MySQL, PHPUnit, Symfony, PHP 7
  • Software Engineer

    2014 - 2016
    • Proposed and introduced peer code reviewing and Agile practices (Kanban).
    • Recommended and implemented a simpler design and UX for the admin panel, proposed migration from AngularJS to React for a better mobile experience, and demonstrated how React works.
    • Delivered features for the company's core products and planned and executed incremental architectural changes.
    Technologies: Docker, Git, Behat, Gherkin, DevOps, UX Design, REST, Kanban, AngularJS, React, MySQL, PHPUnit, Symfony, PHP
  • Software Engineer

    2013 - 2014
    Owned it
    • Delivered new features to the core product and planned day-to-day development tasks.
    • Planned and executed integrations with additional eCommerce platforms.
    • Trained (and learned a lot from) a graduate programmer; together, we introduced better programming practices within the team.
    • Supported clients in integrating our service, both online and on-site.
    Technologies: Git, MySQL, Java, CodeIgniter, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2010 - 2011
    • Planned and delivered a systems integration for one of our biggest clients.
    • Delivered a project for The New York Times, using Flash for animation and ActionScript for the logic.
    • Delivered changes to our regular customers' websites.
    • Planned and executed server migrations, ensuring minimal downtime and usually during off-hours.
    • Developed in the pre-Git, almost-pre-framework era.
    Technologies: Flash ActionScript, Flash, MySQL, CodeIgniter, PHP 5


  • SouthieMap

    A hyperlocal, data-driven, real estate brokerage. I delivered some of the inner detail pages (e.g., the property details page) in React, liaising with the back-end developer on the best strategy for pulling data. Common REST patterns weren't always exactly suitable for some of the use cases.

  • Protema

    A local PR and marketing agency in Varna, Bulgaria. I led the complete overhaul of their website. This was part of a series of pro bono projects where only expenses were covered. My idea was to help companies "with a heart" improve their online image. Protema was one of those companies because all the consultations and ideas were given away to organizations that were just getting started.

  • 2U Kitchen

    A Bulgarian brand focused on modular kitchens. I was in charge of planning and creating their website, and I also helped the owners formulate the copy and some of the imagery you see on the website. This budget-conscious solution was built on WordPress.

  • Hostel Musala

    A hostel in one of Varna's most iconic buildings. I led the creation of this website as part of a series of pro bono projects where only expenses were covered. My aim was to help businesses "with a heart" improve their online image. Hostel Musala was one of those businesses because they successfully resurrected a historical building in the heart of the city. The building had been dormant for years, but they brought function and life to it once again.

  • Lavanda Creations

    An events company, focusing mainly on children's birthdays and parties for youngsters. I planned and built the website, reflecting this focus with its watercolor-style design that aims to be friendly and welcoming. This budget-conscious project was built in WordPress.

  • Nikolay Nikolov

    An internationally renowned woodcarver from Bulgaria. Nikolay needed a website to showcase his work and provide a more convenient way for people to contact him. Collaborating on the design, we started by drawing out what "this site thing" would look like. Then I iteratively built the site, showing him the progress and getting his input at every step.


  • Languages

    PHP, Go, GraphQL, PHP 7, Python, Gherkin, Java, PHP 5, Flash ActionScript
  • Frameworks

    Symfony, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Jest, Cypress.io, Laravel, Lumen, PHPUnit, Codeception, CodeIgniter
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Tools

    Git, Terraform, AWS ECS, AWS ECR, Amazon EKS, Jenkins, CircleCI, AWS Push Notification Service (AWS SNS), Amazon SQS, Behat, GitHub, Jira, Flash
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Datadog
  • Platforms

    Kubernetes, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mapbox, WordPress, MacOS, Visual Studio Code
  • Other

    AWS, Computer Science, Networking, Systems Analysis, System Design, System Development, Business Applications, Research, Statistics, Economics, Organizational Behavior (OB), Entrepreneurship, ThemeForest, APIs
  • Paradigms

    Management, Kanban, REST, Test-driven Development (TDD), Scrum, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), UX Design, DevOps
  • Industry Expertise



  • Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Business Information Systems
    2011 - 2014
    Cardiff Metropolitan University - Cardiff, Wales

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