1+ Freelancers

Augment your teams, effortlessly

Software engineers, designers and product managers, as integrated extensions to your team, for short and long term projects.

Use Cases
  • Team extension
    Increase your team's capacity and delivery speed.
  • Add missing expertise
    Add new capabilities to your team on a temporary or permanent basis.
  • Bridge the gap between hires
    Take advantage of our speed and don't waste time waiting for a candidate that might never come.
  • Kick off a project
    Engage a top product manager or UX designer to kickoff a new project.

For example: React, Node, Java, Php, Angular

Highly Curated
Community

  • Closed door, invite-only network
  • 5-layer vetting process
  • ~11 years average experience

Operated By
CTO-Level Experts

  • Expert matching of people to roles
  • Deep understanding of tech
  • Sparring partners, all the way

Start Fast. Scale On
The Go.

  • Average of ~10 days
  • Just-In-Time scale

Managed Platform

  • Platform powered
  • Full admin layer

Fair & Safe

  • Fixed service fee
  • No hidden costs
  • No lock-in

How It Works

Our CTO-level experts match talent with roles and identify the perfect fit.

1

Talk With
An Expert

Our domain expert clarifies the roles together with you, from stack to goals and more.

  • Clarify roles
  • Sparring & advice
2

Get Top
Matches

The expert matches our pre-vetted freelances with your role to find the ideal fit.

  • Custom matching
  • Always the right fit
3

Interview
And Start

Meet your future team member(s) over an interview and start with a trial period.

  • Trial period
  • No lock-in

Use Cases

Below are just some of the ways in which we can help you.

  • Extend Your
    Teams

  • Add Missing
    Expertise

  • Bridge The Gap Between Hires

  • Kick Off A
    Project

See how we helped...
  • Scale their team

    We augmented the team with talent from our community and scaled on the go.

  • Bridge a hiring gap

    We provided a mission-critical full stack engineer, able to support both frontend and backend teams.

"UPPER supports us with quick action and great collaboration. They helped us find top engineers almost on the spot – an ability that is invaluable for us as a company in hyper-growth. UPPER is definitely a partner we are counting on."
Andrea Franke
Director of Engineering, Gorillas
"The people at UPPER have a good feeling for what their customers need. After a very short briefing they found the perfectly fitting designer and developer for our project. Will definitely work more often with them!"
Philipp Scheller
CEO, Snapp Dance
"We started to work with UPPER as part of our strategy for recruiting senior developers. UPPER understood our needs and proposed us highly dedicated engineers who deliver good quality work in a timely manner."
Daniel Smaranda
Product Manager, Streamwide
See all success stories

Europe's Finest

We seek out and onboard the most experienced people
in software engineering, product management and design, across Europe.

Manuel
JavaScript Engineer
8 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node
Mirela
Product Manager
8 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Florin
Android Engineer
7 + years experience in
  • Java
  • Kotlin
Olga
Product Manager
15 + years experience in
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
Daniel
Product Designer
8 + years experience in
  • Sketch
  • UX Design
Milan
Android Engineer
9 + years experience in
  • Kotlin
  • Java
Alex
Frontend Engineer
12 + years experience in
  • React
  • JavaScript
Chris
Design Director
17 + years experience in
  • UI Design
  • Branding
George
Backend developer
15 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
Dragos
Software Architect
8 + years experience in
  • Software Architecture
  • Java
Vladan
Software Architect
13 + years experience in
  • Java
  • NodeJS
Gabriel
Product Manager
21 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Alex
Visual Designer
10 + years experience in
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience
Manuel
JavaScript Engineer
8 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node
Mirela
Product Manager
8 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Florin
Android Engineer
7 + years experience in
  • Java
  • Kotlin
Olga
Product Manager
15 + years experience in
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
Daniel
Product Designer
8 + years experience in
  • Sketch
  • UX Design
Milan
Android Engineer
9 + years experience in
  • Kotlin
  • Java
Alex
Frontend Engineer
12 + years experience in
  • React
  • JavaScript
Chris
Design Director
17 + years experience in
  • UI Design
  • Branding
George
Backend developer
15 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
Dragos
Software Architect
8 + years experience in
  • Software Architecture
  • Java
Vladan
Software Architect
13 + years experience in
  • Java
  • NodeJS
Gabriel
Product Manager
21 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Alex
Visual Designer
10 + years experience in
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience
Manuel
JavaScript Engineer
8 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node
Mirela
Product Manager
8 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Florin
Android Engineer
7 + years experience in
  • Java
  • Kotlin
Olga
Product Manager
15 + years experience in
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
Daniel
Product Designer
8 + years experience in
  • Sketch
  • UX Design
Milan
Android Engineer
9 + years experience in
  • Kotlin
  • Java
Alex
Frontend Engineer
12 + years experience in
  • React
  • JavaScript
Chris
Design Director
17 + years experience in
  • UI Design
  • Branding
George
Backend developer
15 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
Dragos
Software Architect
8 + years experience in
  • Software Architecture
  • Java
Vladan
Software Architect
13 + years experience in
  • Java
  • NodeJS
Gabriel
Product Manager
21 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Alex
Visual Designer
10 + years experience in
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience
Manuel
JavaScript Engineer
8 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Node
Mirela
Product Manager
8 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Florin
Android Engineer
7 + years experience in
  • Java
  • Kotlin
Olga
Product Manager
15 + years experience in
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
Daniel
Product Designer
8 + years experience in
  • Sketch
  • UX Design
Milan
Android Engineer
9 + years experience in
  • Kotlin
  • Java
Alex
Frontend Engineer
12 + years experience in
  • React
  • JavaScript
Chris
Design Director
17 + years experience in
  • UI Design
  • Branding
George
Backend developer
15 + years experience in
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
Dragos
Software Architect
8 + years experience in
  • Software Architecture
  • Java
Vladan
Software Architect
13 + years experience in
  • Java
  • NodeJS
Gabriel
Product Manager
21 + years experience in
  • Product Management
  • Agile
Alex
Visual Designer
10 + years experience in
  • Graphic Design
  • User Experience

Top Technologies

Expertise

Hottest Roles

Fully Augmented Service

We handle the admin work so you can focus on building your products. From payments to reporting to dedicated support.

Monthly Invoice

A single invoice regardless of how many freelancers you have engaged.

Weekly Reports

Receive weekly time & activity reports in your inbox about your team’s work.

Dedicated Support

Your dedicated engagement manager is always around to support with anything you need.

Always On

For anything you need such as scaling the team, finding a replacement for a freelancer, etc.

Regular Check-ins

Never alone. We check in regularly with you to see how things are going and where we can support.

Quality Control

We keep an eye on the engagement and make sure everything is running smoothly.

UPPER Talent
Employee
⚡️ Speed
<10 days
~3 months
💰 Cost of hire / price
€0 cost to hire / flat fee
€30K to hire each employee, high management costs
🤩 Quality
High, only experienced talent
Dependent on ability to hire
🌍 Access and reach
Wide, active sourcing included
Limited to applicant inflow and direct network
👍 Vetting
Multi-level expert vetting for soft and technical skills
Conditional on in-house capabilities
📈 Scalability
High, on demand
Very slow, time intensive
✅ Role fit
High, expert matching
Conditional on access
⚠️ Risk
None, trial period, no lock-ins, no penalties
High
UPPER
Agency
⚡️ Speed
<10 days
~1 month
💰 Cost of hire / price
€0 cost to hire / flat fee
High price, hidden margins, high cancellation penalties
🤩 Quality
High, only experienced talent
Unreliable, highly variable
🌍 Access and reach
Wide, active sourcing included
Limited to location, network
👍 Vetting
Multi-level expert vetting for soft and technical skills
Unreliable
✅ Role fit
High, expert matching
Unreliable, get the next available person
📈 Scalability
High, on demand
Slow
⚠️ Risk
None, trial period, no lock-ins, no penalties
Very high, risk of losing the full team at once
🤝 Commitment
High, dedicated people
Low, shared people
🤲 Incentives
Aligned, work with reputation-driven professionals
Unaligned, work with employees of another company
UPPER
Marketplace
⚡️ Speed
<10 days
Slow, interview many to find one, 'needle in a haystack' solution
💰 Cost of hire / price
€0 cost to hire / flat fee
€0 cost to hire / ~20% fee
🤩 Quality
High, only experienced talent
Highly variable, must do own vetting
👍 Vetting
Multi-level expert vetting for soft and technical skills
Low to none
✅ Role fit
High, expert matching
Varies
⚠️ Risk
None, trial period, no lock-ins, no penalties
High due to lack of vetting
🕵️ Quality control
Yes, regular check-ins.
No
💪 Managed service
Yes, full admin and support
No

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