The natural evolution of working with tech talent

We find, vet and manage a pool of top tech talent, matched to projects and teams by our CTO-level experts.

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Strictly Curated Community

Curated community of expertly vetted professionals in software engineering, product management and design.

  • Fully vetted soft & technical skills
  • ~11 years of experience on average
  • Available dedicated or part time

Powered By Experts

Staffing is powered is done by our CTO-level experts, not recruiters. This allows us to first understand the request in detail and then find the perfect match.

  • Expert matching (#norecruiters)
  • CTO-level sparring
  • The ideal fit, every time

Managed Platform

The efficiency of our proprietary platform meets the convenience of our managed service approach. It's like a 'magic ATS' where the ideal candidates just pop up.

  • Fully compliant
  • Simple invoicing, reporting, payments
  • Managed service

Fast & Flexible

Start working with the right talent or team in a matter of days and scale flexibly as you go.

  • ~10 days to staff
  • 'Just-In-Time' scaling

Safe & Compliant

All members are vetted self-employed professionals, and every engagement begins with a 2 week trial period with no lock-in.

  • 2 week trial period
  • No lock-in agreements
  • Fully compliant

Fair Pricing

We only charge a fixed service fee on top of our freelancer's rate. No hidden costs.

Dedicated Support

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

Talent With Superpowers

Our members can tap into the expert knowledge of our community.

Short And Long Term Engagements

"Mladen has been incredible to work with, very clean code and a great communicator, it's been a pleasure working with UPPER"
Sam Zawadzki
CEO, Lead.Pro
"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
"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
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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 out 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 location, 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 applicant inflow and direct 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

Case Studies

We support dozens of companies of all sizes and in different industries with scaling their teams and building their products.

STREAMWIDE is a leading communications software technology provider from France, delivering mission critical communications and operations solutions.

  • Speed
  • Flexibility
  • Team assembly
Delivery Teams

Snapp Dance is a mobile dance companion app for iOS and Android that provides everything needed to improve your dancing skills.

  • Speed
  • Flexibility
  • Team assembly
Delivery Teams

LIVEBUY is a technology company developing a live video shopping platform. LIVEBUY helps e-commerce companies to launch, operate and grow live shopping channels successfully and with ease.

  • Speed
  • Flexibility
  • Expert matching
Delivery Teams

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