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Mike Timashov

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since March 23, 2021

Mike is an expert software engineer with more than ten years of professional experience working on enterprise and startup projects. He's passionate about learning, building world-class quality software, and expanding his knowledge. Mike's specialties include TypeScript, Node.js, and mobile app development.

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Kiril Kamenev

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since January 12, 2022

Kiril has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing complex enterprise software, including cloud-based, highly distributed systems trusted by the world's largest telecom operators and high-profile banks. He also developed a few startup projects from the ground up until production deployment and operation. Very result-oriented, Kiril has acted as a technical lead. He enjoys taking full end-to-end ownership of the solution.

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Aleksandra Woźniak

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since July 31, 2018

Aleksandra is an entrepreneur, engineer, and ex-startup CTO with nine years of experience working for both large corporations (Google, Elsevier, Capgemini) and start-ups. Her expertise lies in building Java back-ends for web applications and in big data technologies. Aleksandra is also a co-founder of Cleo, a virtual personal finance assistant, for which she developed natural language and financial data processing modules.

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Dimitar Ivanov

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since February 25, 2021

Dimitar has been working in the IT sector since 2010 for companies such as Hewlett Packard and Schwarz Group and also as a freelancer, startup co-founder, and CTO. During his career path, Dimitar had gained deep technical knowledge in PHP (CodeIgniter), .NET (C#), React, Redux, CSS, Bootstrap, REST, Azure, and SharePoint configuration, administration, and development. He also served as a Microsoft Certified Trainer between 2019 and 2020.

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Srdan Stanic

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since October 12, 2017

Srdan is a lead iOS and Swift engineer with diverse software engineering and team leadership experience. Over the last 16 years, he has done government, enterprise, and startup projects, and he has built back-end systems, single-page front-end apps, and hybrid and native mobile apps. Srdan has led projects as a technical team lead, project manager, product manager, and CTO. He's currently focused on clean code design, agile practices, and improving leadership skills in engineering teams.

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Camilo Jiménez

Freelance Startup Developer
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since August 29, 2017

Camilo has over 15 years of experience leading and scaling products and engineering teams at startups of various sizes. He has been mentored at top accelerator programs such as Y Combinator and 500 Startups. he saw one of his startups acquired by Hopper Inc. in 2019. Camilo is also a seasoned software engineering professor at several universities.

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Richa Bhardwaj

Freelance Startup Developer
Toptal Member Since August 4, 2021

With a decade of remote work expertise, Richa crafts exceptional web/mobile experiences as a RoR, React, React Native, and Node.js expert. She's worked on greenfield projects, established and managed a team of 15 developers, and built web and mobile projects for clients worldwide. Richa excels in async communication, making informed decisions about architecture, design, and software development process areas. She's a natural problem-solver with a knack for picking up new technologies quickly.

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Ben Carey

Freelance Startup Developer
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since March 6, 2018

With over twenty years of development experience, accompanied by over a decade of building and consulting with tech startups, Ben is a seasoned veteran who brings an abundance of specialized skills. He was vice president of partnerships and product strategy at one of Europe's leading startup accelerators for over two years. The combination of coding and strategic experience that Ben brings is unrivaled.

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Bill Martschenko

Freelance Startup Developer
United States
Toptal Member Since February 26, 2020

Bill is a veteran, hands-on CTO who presents quickly as a thought leader with executive presence. He can speak plain English to all sides of an organization, including investors and a BoD. His work includes seven startups. Add his fractional CTO and consulting roles, and his portfolio sits at 11 large enterprises and nine SMBs under $100M/year, covering digital transformation, disruptive innovation, rescuing technical debt, and explosive growth in both regulated and non-regulated industries.

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Alan Nguyen

Freelance Startup Developer
United States
Toptal Member Since May 17, 2022

Alan has been building various web applications using several different web technologies since 2011. He has worked on projects from startups, mid-large scale applications, and existing projects. Currently, he's the director of a small agency specializing in building modern, scalable digital solutions for startups and enterprises.

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Steve Talbot

Freelance Startup Developer
United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since June 3, 2019

As a serial co-founder of tech startups, Steve has worked with a wide range of technologies and supported many engineers to do their best work—whether by troubleshooting a specific technical issue, improving the engineering process, or simply acting as an independent mentor.

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I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

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The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

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Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

Jason Kulik


As a small company with limited resources we can't afford to make expensive mistakes. Toptal provided us with an experienced programmer who was able to hit the ground running and begin contributing immediately. It has been a great experience and one we'd repeat again in a heartbeat.

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How to Hire Startup Developers Through Toptal


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A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Startup developer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.

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Work with your new Startup developer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

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  • How quickly can you hire with Toptal?

    Typically, you can hire a Startup developer with Toptal in about 48 hours. For larger teams of talent or Managed Delivery, timelines may vary. Our talent matchers are highly skilled in the same fields they’re matching in—they’re not recruiters or HR reps. They’ll work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics, and match you with ideal candidates from our vetted global talent network.

    Once you select your Startup developer, you’ll have a no-risk trial period to ensure they’re the perfect fit. Our matching process has a 98% trial-to-hire rate, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best fit every time.

  • How do I hire a Startup developer?

    To hire the right Startup developer, it’s important to evaluate a candidate’s experience, technical skills, and communication skills. You’ll also want to consider the fit with your particular industry, company, and project. Toptal’s rigorous screening process ensures that every member of our network has excellent experience and skills, and our team will match you with the perfect Startup developers for your project.

  • How are Toptal Startup developers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Startup developers to ensure we only match you with the highest caliber of talent. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut.

    In addition to screening for industry-leading expertise, we also assess candidates’ language and interpersonal skills to ensure that you have a smooth working relationship.

    When you hire a Startup developer with Toptal, you’ll always work with world-class, custom-matched Startup developers ready to help you achieve your goals.

  • Can you hire Startup developers on an hourly basis or for project-based tasks?

    You can hire a Startup developer on an hourly, part-time, or full-time basis. Toptal can also manage the entire project from end-to-end with our Managed Delivery offering. Whether you hire an expert for a full- or part-time position, you’ll have the control and flexibility to scale your team up or down as your needs evolve. Our Startup developers can fully integrate into your existing team for a seamless working experience.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Startup developers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Startup developer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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