Matt McDonald, Developer in Montpellier, France
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Matt McDonald

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Full-stack Developer

Montpellier, France
Toptal Member Since
May 12, 2020

Matt is a full-stack engineer with over 15 years in the industry, specializing in developing and refining initial product prototypes for startup environments. He brings a diverse skill set to his work, including particular expertise in technologies such as Laravel, React, React Native, and AWS. Matt's approach marries technical expertise with robust problem-solving skills, enabling him to overcome developmental challenges and produce impactful and innovative projects.



Preferred Environment

Terminal, Slack, Sketch, GitHub, Xcode, Atom, Debian, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've led through several rounds of successful funding was the development and iteration of Miappi, a social media aggregation platform.

Work Experience

Lead Full-stack Developer

2008 - PRESENT
  • Worked with various clients to deliver projects ranging from an eCommerce platform to B2B software and consumer applications.
  • Developed a native app that helped secure client funding for further development of the platform.
  • Established and maintained ongoing work with clients to help further develop successful products.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Vue, React Native, React, Laravel, MySQL, PHP, JavaScript

Better Eats

A platform for rating and reviewing dishes at restaurants. The front end is a React Native app for iOS and Android and the back end is a Laravel-based application with a RESTful API and Bootstrap based admin UI.

Worked as a full-stack developer on review social media aggregation platform Miappi. I was the sole developer for their MVP, which helped them secure funding to further develop the platform. I continued working with them as they scaled up the project and the team, building a full-featured platform to provide social media integrated marketing tools for their commercial clients.
2010 - 2013

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in English Literature

Kingston University - London


React, REST APIs, Vue 2, Chart.js, Facebook SDK, X (formerly Twitter) API, Facebook API, Foursquare API, AWS Amplify, Node.js, Vue


Xcode, Webpack, NGINX, Apache, Android Studio, Atom, GitHub, Sketch, Slack, Terminal


Laravel, React Native, Redux, Material UI, Next.js, PHPUnit


Web Architecture, API Architecture, RESTful Development, REST


PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, ECMAScript (ES6), Sass




Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apache2, iOS, Android, MacOS, Debian


Code Architecture, MVP Design, Web Development, Full-stack, APIs, Worldpay, UX Architecture, Native Mobile Apps

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