Nikita Tuk, Software Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States
Nikita Tuk

Software Developer in San Francisco, CA, United States

Member since August 12, 2015
Nikita is an iOS developer/Adviser working with Objective-C and Swift. Besides writing code by himself, he also takes a technical lead to work as a mediator between developers and business owners. He has a client-oriented approach, provides clean code, uses cutting-edge technologies, and helps your business evolve.
Nikita is now available for hire




San Francisco, CA, United States



Preferred Environment

Skype, Slack, Git, SourceTree, Xcode, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is Yandex.Disk for iOS, which helps you sync files between all your iOS devices seamlessly.


  • Senior Staff Engineering Lead at Distributed AI

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Led engineering projects to build the next-gen of Fblearner with a focus on privacy and security.
    • Overhauled internal components of Facebook scale distributed system.
    • Made improvements to internal SDK and worked with a wide customers base to adopt it.
    Technologies: Python, Distributed Systems
  • iOS Tech Lead

    2017 - 2019
    • Led a team of more than eight engineers, worked with designers, PM, partner teams. Our team has integrated Instagram Direct into the Pages Manager app, allowing cross-app interactions.
    • Worked on major app redesign required changes over 200 screens according to Facebook guidelines.
    • Worked on the app which rating moved from 1.9 to 4.3 in 11 months.
    Technologies: iOS, Python, Objective-C
  • Lead iOS Developer

    2016 - 2017
    • Worked on bitcoin-based, mobile-first payments and financial services for the Philippines, Thailand, and broader Southeast Asia region.
    • Planned and controlled the development of features across different platforms. Improved app stability and did technical recruiting.
    • Mentored and helped other engineers to grow by setting goals, creating growth plans and roadmaps.
    • Worked on the iOS app which moved to the number one in finance apps in the Philippines (core market and core category, above the biggest bank iOS application). Crash-free users moved to 99.3%+. AppStore rating 4.5+.
    Technologies: iOS
  • iOS Developer

    2014 - 2016
    • Added sharing functionality for Yandex.Disk.
    • Implemented a custom video player with iOs9 Picture-in-Picture support.
    • Contributed to the development of background file upload/download.
    • Migrated the project from iOs7 to iOs8 and to iOs9.
    • Replaced old springs and struts with modern Auto Layout and Size classes.
    Technologies: Swift, Objective-C
  • iOS Developer

    2013 - 2014
    • Created a kiosk app for an Adidas.Russia promo.
    • Created a SaaS app for a plastic surgery clinic.
    • Collaborated to create the project that won Big Brand Hackathon 2014 for Top-5 Russian retailer MVideo.
    • Contributed to the creation of an application for a Russian Business club from Sberbank (Top-1 bank in Russia).
    • Created an MVP from Dashcam app with server synchronization.
    Technologies: Project Management, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Objective-C
  • Project Manager

    2013 - 2013
    Center of Financial Technologies (CFT)
    • As a manager of 4 members support/development team (2 analyst + 1 developer + 1 tester) I am responsible for 24/7 external bank support. My team provided consultations, system improvement and create bespoke solutions for bank inquiries.
    • Responsible for choosing analyst, developers and testers for project.
    • Technical lead in process of development.
    • Ensures solutions are coded according to standards and rules.
    • Worked to strict deadlines to ensure that projects were delivered on time and to budget.
    Technologies: Project Management, PL/SQL, Oracle
  • Analyst/Software Engineer and Lead Developer

    2011 - 2013
    • Supported and enchanced the main bank system developed by third-party vendor FTC (
    • Took part in all stages of the software development lifecycle, including analysis, developing, testing, and deployment.
    • Developed stored functions (PL/SQL), queries, and packages on Oracle9 and 11 for various business processes.
    • Developed and supported a gateway for tight integration between other bank systems and OpenWay Processing System.
    • Responsible for mentoring, code review, writing detailed technical specification, test scenarios, and controlling strict deadlines to ensure project delivery on time and to budget.
    Technologies: PL/SQL, Oracle


  • YandexDisk for iOs

    YandexDisk is a cloud storage for files. Yes, at a first glance it may look like Dropbox, but:
    - this app can add to offline (and sync it seamlesly) file and whole folders
    - it automatically backs up your photos
    - it's faster than Dropbox

  • The Platinental

    It's the first iOs app in Russia that allows patients to talk directly to doctors. With this app, patients could ask their questions, consult on medications, share photos and videos with doctors, make appointments, and buy additional services in clinics.

  • Big Brand Hackathon 2014 (Winner)

    As a part of Yarr team, I had the 1st place in Big Brand Hackathon 2014 Russia. It was an exciting challenge and we were the first and won Top-5 Russian retailer prize.

  • Adidas.Russia Kiosk App

    Adidas.Russia is a branch of well known brand Adidas. I created a promo kiosk app for them to promote their brand during World Cup 2014. The app was distributed to more than 20 shops in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

  • Instagram Direct-in-Page Inbox

    Integrated Instagram direct-in-page inbox allowing cross-app communications, making it easier for businesses to interact with their customers.

  • The 10 Most Common Mistakes iOS Developers Don't Know They're Making (Publication)
    Apple's iOS is the second-largest mobile operating system in the world. It also has a very high adoption rate, with more than 85 percent of users on the latest version. These highly engaged users have high expectations: If your app has bugs, you'll hear about it. And once the one-star reviews start rolling in, it's hard to recover. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Nikita Tuk outlines the 10 most common mistakes that developers make—and how to avoid them.
  • Toptal Mentor
    Nikita is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. Nikita shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.


  • Languages

    Objective-C, Swift, Ruby, Python
  • Frameworks

    iPhone SDK, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Tools

    Xcode, Git, SourceTree, Slack, Skype
  • Paradigms

    App Development, Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    iOS, Oracle, MacOS
  • Storage

    SQLite, MySQL, PL/SQL
  • Other

    iPad, iOS App Development Expert, Technical Project Management, Distributed Systems
  • Libraries/APIs

    Ruby on Rails API, Parse SDK, Facebook iOS SDK
  • Industry Expertise

    Project Management


  • Master's degree in Computer science
    2006 - 2011
    Ufa State Aviation Technical University - Ufa

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