Nick Chikovani, Developer in Tbilisi, Georgia
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Nick Chikovani

Verified Expert  in Engineering

JavaScript Developer

Location
Tbilisi, Georgia
Toptal Member Since
June 7, 2018

In addition to more than eight years of experience working as a developer and team lead for various startups, Nick brings his passion for robust, scalable, and clean-code design to every project. His specialties include real-time systems, RESTful web services, web automation, business intelligence, scalability, and open-source software. Nick is eager to take on new challenges and is fast to adapt to new development environments.

Portfolio

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals - Main
Solidity, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, JavaScript...
CryptaBanc inc
Solidity, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Polygon...
Phenix Finance
Solidity, Hardhat, Smart Contracts, Ethereum Smart Contracts, Ethereum...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Git, GraphQL, Node.js

The most amazing...

...project I've built is an intelligent logging service that prioritizes the most damaging errors and bugs based on the amount of damage to the company’s value.

Work Experience

Solidity Smart Contract (Polygon Network) and NFT Developer

2022 - PRESENT
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals - Main
  • Implemented ERC4973 standard from scratch (Account Bound/Soulbound tokens).
  • Wrote deployment and admin tools to manage the Soulbound tokens.
  • Wrote unit and E2E tests to test the functionality of the main smart contracts.
  • Implemented a multi-administrative access control functionality using OpenZeppelin libraries.
  • Implemented a proxy pattern for the upgradeable smart contract functionality using OpenZeppelin libraries.
Technologies: Solidity, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, JavaScript, Node.js, ERC-721, Polygon, IPFS, ERC-1155, REST APIs, Digital Asset Management, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

DeFi Developer for Customizing and Deploying Contracts [FT/PT]

2022 - 2022
CryptaBanc inc
  • Audited smart contracts for the ERC20 token and EVM compatible wallet.
  • Forked and customized a Synthetix farming pool smart contract.
  • Built a React-based dApp for the staking protocol that integrates with other smart contracts like liquidity pools, ERC20 tokens, etc.
  • Built the cryptocurrency price feed with a third-party API integration in React.
  • Built a modern landing page for the staking protocol.
  • Wrote unit and end-to-end tests for smart contracts.
  • Built deployment and administrative scripts for the protocol.
Technologies: Solidity, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Polygon, Ethereum, Hardhat, JavaScript, Node.js, REST APIs, Digital Asset Management, Cryptocurrency Exchanges, ICO, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

Senior Blockchain Engineer

2022 - 2022
Phenix Finance
  • Developed a smart contract for a lottery dApp in the Phenix Finance (DAO) ecosystem.
  • Built the back end to automate the lottery system's administrative functionality.
  • Handled the communication with DAO members to keep the momentum going.
Technologies: Solidity, Hardhat, Smart Contracts, Ethereum Smart Contracts, Ethereum, Blockchain, Cronos, Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Payments, ERC-20, ERC-721, Algorithms, Truffle, Lottery, Gambling, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), ÐApp, DApps, JavaScript, Node.js, Digital Asset Management, Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

Senior Blockchain Engineer

2022 - 2022
YagiAutomation
  • Built a keeper network protocol on StarkNet with a zero-knowledge rollup based layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum network.
  • Architected highly efficient data structures in Cairo, a STARK-based Turing-complete language for writing provable programs.
  • Wrote end-to-end and integration tests with 95+% code coverage.
Technologies: Ethereum, Smart Contracts, Ethereum Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Blockchain Platforms, Starknet, JavaScript, Digital Asset Management, Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

Interim CTO

2022 - 2022
Pixelympics
  • Prepared the technical solution for the NFT competition project.
  • Built the revenue projection spreadsheet for investors.
  • Planned the tokenomics of the ERC20 token, including staking and inflationary mechanics.
Technologies: Blockchain, Ethereum, Smart Contracts, Cryptography, Hardhat, Tokenomics, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Web 3.0, Decentralization, REST APIs, CTO, Leadership, Architecture, Software Design, Back-end Development

Blockchain Engineer

2021 - 2022
Confidential Contract
  • Built high-frequency algorithmic trading software to arbitrage on ERC20 token opportunities.
  • Developed a highly optimized smart contract for the trading software.
  • Built the infrastructure to host and manage trading software.
  • Integrated the trading software with more than 150 decentralized exchanges.
  • Integrated the trading software with private transaction relay services.
  • Integrated the trading software with performance and metrics monitoring tools.
Technologies: Blockchain, Ethereum, Hardhat, TypeScript, JavaScript, Python, C++, ERC-20, Smart Contracts, REST APIs, Arbitrage, Stock Exchange, Digital Asset Management, Exchanges, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Senior Software Engineer

2021 - 2022
Play One Up (Toptal Client)
  • Built new features on GraphQL server using Node.js and TypeScript.
  • Maintained legacy Node.js monolith application that was eventually rewritten into a new system by our team.
  • Deployed all new code as microservices architecture.
  • Followed TDD with high test coverage automated e2e tests.
  • Maintained CI/CD pipelines built on Gitlab platform.
  • Integrated payment gateways Maverick and Square and other 3rd party APIs.
  • Built scripts and bots to a growth hack consumer-oriented iOS application.
Technologies: Node.js, TypeScript, REST, GraphQL, MongoDB, Redis, Kubernetes, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Cloud, Firebase, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Google Cloud Functions, API Integration, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Founder & CEO

2020 - 2021
Reown
  • Founded and self-bootstrapped company in real estate tokenization space.
  • Built team from one to seven in under six months, including engineers, sales, and marketing.
  • Led the team to develop and market the first MVP version.
Technologies: Blockchain, Real Estate, Tokenization, Smart Contracts, Tokenomics, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Ethereum Smart Contracts, Ethereum, TypeScript, Crypto, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), Decentralized Applications, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Solidity, Web3.js, ERC-20, Web 3.0, Decentralization, SQL, REST APIs, CTO, Leadership, Fractionalization, Architecture, Software Design, Back-end Development

Lead Software Engineer

2019 - 2021
Quilt (Toptal Client)
  • Maintained a legacy PHP back-end system built on Symfony.
  • Tracked and fixed bugs using Jira as a reporting tool.
  • Maintained a social networking app built on React and Redux.
  • Developed the back end of a new audio social networking app with the Apollo GraphQL framework.
  • Built a monthly subscription-based billing with App Store integration.
  • Integrated Firebase and Apple sign-in as an authentication method.
  • Built integration with Zoom to create meeting URLs for Quilt network members.
Technologies: PHP, Symfony, Node.js, GraphQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon S3 (AWS S3), AWS Lambda, TypeScript, SQL, REST APIs, Leadership, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Co-founder and CTO

2018 - 2020
Hirescapes
  • Built a fully remote software development team of seven.
  • Led the team to release the first production version.
  • Planned and led the DevOps and growth hacking processes.
  • Owned the git repositories and was in charge of back-end development.
Technologies: Angular, Node.js, TypeScript, GraphQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), SQL, REST APIs, CTO, Leadership, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Senior Software Engineer

2018 - 2019
Ads, Inc. (Toptal Client)
  • Created a configurable framework for cloning sales funnels using Node.js.
  • Wrote a headless proxy service that mimics real user behavior.
  • Integrated a monitoring tool using the Slack API to receive real-time notifications about insights from the system.
  • Built the CI/CD that enabled a faster development cycle between iterations for the whole system.
Technologies: Puppeteer, Node.js, TypeScript, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Lead Software Engineer

2018 - 2018
Multitudes (Toptal Client)
  • Built a RESTful API back end based on the Laravel framework.
  • Set up a CI/CD pipeline, using Jenkins to iterate faster on the product.
  • Contributed to shaping the MVP version of the application.
Technologies: PostgreSQL, Laravel, React, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, REST APIs, Leadership, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Lead Software Engineer

2018 - 2018
Job Hub Group (via Toptal)
  • Built integration with one of the largest CRM platforms: Hubspot.
  • Built a tool for syncing and merging leads between different CRMs.
  • Engineered an image labeling system using computer vision ML tools provided by AWS.
  • Maintained the legacy monolith server-side Node.js application.
  • Streamlined the development processes within the team.
  • Helped the founder to rebuild the development team.
  • Led the development team to a successful launch of MVP version.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), APIs, MongoDB, Heroku, Angular, Node.js, TypeScript, SQL, REST APIs, CTO, Leadership, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Software Developer | Team Lead

2017 - 2018
Zipier
  • Maintained the existing projects related to payroll and attendance.
  • Implemented an employee-monitoring system for a call center.
  • Optimized the call-center-hiring process by automating the initial screening process.
  • Developed and maintained software for high-volume lead generation.
  • Implemented an email-tracking system for all outbound email templates, including reputation management by listening to AWS SES callbacks.
  • Aided in the build of the in-house CRM.
  • Automated the call and email marketing campaigns within the CRM.
Technologies: Redis, MongoDB, MySQL, Node.js, PHP, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Back-end Developer (Contractor)

2017 - 2017
H-Tune
  • Built tools for monitoring competitor prices.
  • Developed a bot for automating order-fulfilling process.
  • Consulted on the best practices for building a remote team.
Technologies: Redis, MySQL, Node.js, PHP, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

Software Developer

2015 - 2016
Dripway
  • Built an expired domains marketplace.
  • Developed the internal system for finding the expired domains.
  • Implemented high-scale automated verification and metrics-checking of the expired domains.
  • Automated common support questions and ticket handling.
  • Developed a fully automated revenue-sharing model between Dripway, its partners, and affiliates.
Technologies: MySQL, Laravel, PHP, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Microservices

Co-founder | Software Developer

2014 - 2015
Authority Plus
  • Developed WHMCS portal and campaign management tools for our clients.
  • Automated an order processing system through third-party providers.
  • Built an SEO backlink scoring algorithm to maximize the results our clients were getting from campaigns.
  • Partially automated the PPC advertising campaigns that we were running.
  • Constructed dynamic landing pages based on the statistical data that we were tracking.
Technologies: WHMCS, MySQL, PHP, SQL, REST APIs, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development

Stocks.org

Stocks.org is a high-traffic website that focuses on being a reliable source of financial information.

I was hired to develop some of the custom modules. I also optimized the server infrastructure by building a database cluster.

e-VPN

e-VPN is a premium high-speed VPN service provider.

I worked on the algorithm and implementation of the underlying load balancing and helped with automatic server deployments.

Harvard Spark

A web application for Harvard students to help find mates with common interests.

I also integrated Facebook and Twitter APIs and Nexmo for SMS verification.

Email-processing Microservice

https://www.posbill.com/
I developed the end-to-end encrypted microservice for sending emails on a large scale.

Technologies: ReactPHP, MySQL, Bootstrap

Hirescapes

Hirescapes is a marketplace with a mission to close the communication gap in the landscape industry and help homeowners to get the best experience in outdoor home improvement while allowing contractors to save time on prospecting and sales.

Work Done:
• Built a fully remote software development team.
• Led the team to release the first production version.
• Planned and led the DevOps and growth-hacking processes.
• Owned the Git repositories and was in charge of back-end development.

Technology Stack: Angular, Node.js, TypeScript, NPM, AWS, GraphQL, CI/CD

Libraries/APIs

Node.js, Twilio API, VK API, Social APIs, React, Web3.js, REST APIs, PayPal API, Puppeteer, ReactPHP, Amazon API, eBay API, jQuery, Bus API

Tools

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Git, PhpStorm, Zoom, Azure Automation, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Vagrant, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Compute Engine (GCE)

Frameworks

Angular, Laravel, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, OAuth 2, Lumen, Symfony, AngularJS, Hardhat, Truffle

Languages

GraphQL, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, Solidity, TypeScript, Python, C++

Paradigms

Agile, MEAN Stack, Test Automation, REST, Concurrent Programming, Test-driven Development (TDD), Automation, DevOps, Testing, Microservices, Model-driven Engineering (MDE), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD)

Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, Web, LAMP, iOS, Blockchain, Ethereum, Azure, WHMCS, Heroku, Ubuntu, Kubernetes, Firebase, Blockchain Platforms, Ankr, EigenLayer

Storage

Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MySQL, Redis, LAMP Server, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Google Cloud

Other

APIs, Domain-driven Design (DDD), A/B Testing, UI Testing, HTML Parsing (Cheerio), UI Automation, Web App Automation, Email Automation, QA Automation, Task Automation, Single-page Applications (SPA), Analytics, Ajax, Scraping, Agile QA, Test Engineer, Web Crawlers, Large-scale Web Crawlers, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Decentralized Applications, Crypto, API Integration, Ethereum Smart Contracts, Smart Contracts, Web 3.0, Decentralization, Polygon, Arbitrage, SOLID Principles, Fintech Consultant, ERC-20, ERC-1155, Stock Exchange, CTO, Leadership, Digital Asset Management, Exchanges, Fractionalization, Cryptocurrency Exchanges, ICO, Data Scraping, Web Scraping, Architecture, Back-end, Software Design, Back-end Development, Automation Tools, OAuth, Social, Algorithms, Tokenization, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Tokenomics, SMS, IPFS, Lido, VoIP, SOAP, Functional Design, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), Google Cloud Functions, Real Estate, Ethers.js, Cryptography, Starknet, Cronos, Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Payments, ERC-721, Lottery, Gambling, ÐApp, DApps, Liquid Staking Derivative (LSD)

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