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Nash Yeung

Freelance Unicorn Developer
CanadaToptal Member Since April 1, 2022

Nash is an experienced back-end and data engineer. He has 10+ years of experience in back-end development and system design, ETL development, big data system design, operation, performance, and cost optimization. As a certified AWS Solutions Architect, Nash helps companies and teams migrate their on-premise systems to AWS to achieve better scalability, security, and higher availability at a lower cost.

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Kashif Mehmood

Freelance Unicorn Developer
United Arab EmiratesToptal Member Since May 4, 2022

With over a decade of experience creating and delivering user-centric applications and solutions, Kashif focuses on providing the best solutions for his clients while following the best coding conventions and avoiding overcooking the solution. Throughout his career, he has been acknowledged as a solution-focused professional with the ability to design and develop innovative applications. Kashif gives his input where it feels right to improve the user experience.

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Gökhan Arli

Freelance Unicorn Developer
ThailandToptal Member Since July 23, 2017

Gökhan fell in love with web development when he moved from desktop apps to web development and was able to fix problems in a few minutes and deploy in another minute. Customers and end users were pleased with his agile way of work. Since then he's been working with startups and corporates—helping their vision to come to fruition step by step and by keeping them in the loop constantly.

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Luiz Antonio Mitidiero de Moraes Jr.

Freelance Unicorn Developer
BrazilToptal Member Since August 24, 2015

Luiz is a strategic and execution-oriented engineering executive with 15+ years of building scalable customer-facing products across multiple industries. He specializes in creating and improving engineering culture in remote working environments and is passionate about impacting people's lives. Luiz's core competencies are strategic vision and goal setting, iterative shipping from MVP to a global scale, and system design and architecture with excellent communication skills using the big picture.

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Marcelo Biffara

Freelance Unicorn Developer
ArgentinaToptal Member Since January 20, 2015

Marcelo is passionate about software development and has known exactly what he wanted to do since childhood. He is a full-stack developer who enjoys writing in Ruby and JavaScript and has experience working with SQL and NoSQL databases and 3rd-party API integration. Marcelo has worked on successful projects, many of which involved high-concurrency platforms and websites.

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Alexandre Mondaini Calvão

Freelance Unicorn Developer
BrazilToptal Member Since October 5, 2012

Alexandre is an expert Ruby on Rails developer who is also experienced with Java and various front-end technologies. In addition, he's worked extensively with WebRTC, building video-based web apps from scratch and many back-end APIs to be consumed by Angular and React.

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Dmitry Lashkov

Freelance Unicorn Developer
LithuaniaToptal Member Since February 25, 2016

Dmitry is a software engineer with 15 years of experience. He has worked with existing products, built complex ones from scratch and lead teams of more than 10 people. He has the ability to focus, dive in, and gain a complete understanding of the problem he's solving. He loves automated tests, reviewed pull requests, and agile methodologies because they allow developers to build quality products and iterate quickly. Ruby, Python are his technologies of choice.

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Abdulla Achilov

Freelance Unicorn Developer
PolandToptal Member Since September 11, 2020

Abdulla is a seasoned Ruby on Rails leader with 12+ years of expertise in back-end solutions, API integrations, and technical leadership. Proficient in CI/CD and DevOps, he designs scalable architectures and implements automation for efficient workflows. Abdulla strongly advocates test-driven development, ensuring high-quality and maintainable code. Known for his independent innovation and collaborative spirit, he consistently seeks improvements in projects and processes.

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Jura Fitzgerald

Freelance Unicorn Developer
UkraineToptal Member Since April 5, 2021

Jura has experience in front-end and back-end web development, AI and machine learning, blockchain, DevOps, quality assurance, hardware, and robotics. He understands well how the technology works, from low to high level, and has honed his management skills leading both small teams and teams of up to 20 people. Jura cares about the business side of the product and treats cooperation as a partnership.

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José María López

Freelance Unicorn Developer
SpainToptal Member Since February 21, 2018

José is a passionate and proactive person who continuously searches for cutting-edge technologies when solving complex problems. He's extremely familiar with using Angular and Ruby on Rails as a powerful web pair, complementing them with other modules such as D3.js. José also has extensive experience leading and motivating teams, managing projects, communicating with clients, and being part of strategic discussions. He joined Toptal to find mind-blowing projects and work with talented people.

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JC Wilcox

Freelance Unicorn Developer
United StatesToptal Member Since May 22, 2016

JC has over six years of experience developing in Ruby on Rails. He is an efficient and talented developer who enjoys acquiring new skills and tackling exciting challenges, handles remote work very well, and has fantastic communication skills.

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Creating an app for the game
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Tripcents wouldn't exist without Toptal. Toptal Projects enabled us to rapidly develop our foundation with a product manager, lead developer, and senior designer. In just over 60 days we went from concept to Alpha. The speed, knowledge, expertise, and flexibility is second to none. The Toptal team were as part of tripcents as any in-house team member of tripcents. They contributed and took ownership of the development just like everyone else. We will continue to use Toptal. As a startup, they are our secret weapon.

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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.

Paul Fenley


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.

Ryan Rockefeller


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.

Stuart Pocknee


How to Hire Unicorn Developers Through Toptal


Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

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

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

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

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

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


  • How are Toptal Unicorn developers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Unicorn developers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Unicorn developers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Unicorn developer within 48 hours of signing up.

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

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Unicorn 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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