Curriculum vitae — Roman Zolotarev

"Hello. My name is Roman, and I'm a web developer. I built my first website in the 90s and I'm still learning every day. My mission is to keep the web fast, safe, neat, and accessible to everyone. I enjoy making web services, designing APIs, composing web pages, and seeing people use my software. I'm preferring minimalist web tech, interested in statically typed languages and functional programming style. I'm fluent in Node.js, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, shell, familiar with other languages, libraries, and frameworks (including Elm, Haskell, React), and learning TypeScript at the moment."

Roman Zolotarev

Curriculum vitae

       — Where do you see yourself in five years?
                               — Here, I guess...
      ------------------programming . . . . . . . . . .
            --------web-development . . . . . . . . . .
           ---------independent-web . . . . . . . . . .
           --------------------unix . . . . . . . . . .
        -----------    ---design-ui . . . . . . . . . .

  1990  94  98  02  06  10  14  18  22  26  30  32  36

Roman Zolotarev—a software developer and minimalist web designer with a business and technical background, and a Master's Degree in Computer Science (with honors).

Current projects

Senior Fullstack Engineer, Veriff
Software development, Tallinn, 2019–present

“Veriff is an online identity verification company that protects businesses and their customers from online identity fraud by making sure that a person is who they claim to be.

With the help of artificial intelligence, Veriff analyses thousands of technological and behavioural variables in seconds, verifying people from 200+ countries.

Founded in 2015, Veriff serves a global portfolio of internet businesses including fintech companies, sharing economy providers and marketplaces in London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, and other major cities. Veriff is an alumnus of the startup accelerator Y Combinator and has raised $8.3M in funding. The largest investor of Veriff is Mosaic Ventures. Other investors include: Y Combinator; SV Angel; ACE & Company, Taavet Hinrikus---cofounder of TransferWise, Ashton Kutcher, a diverse investor and a world famous actor; Paul Buchheit, Google's Gmail & AdSense creator, 23rd employee at Google; Elad Gil, former VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter; former CEO of LexisNexise Andrew Prozes.

Veriff employs over 300 people in Tallinn, Estonia.”

Founder, RGZ.EE
A school for fullstack web developers, 2018–present

Developing software for my membership website with OpenBSD httpd(8), relayd(8), slowcgi(8), and two third-party dependencies: jq(1) and curl(1). It’s vanilla HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and processing payments via Paddle API.

Writing and maintaining shell scripts, including static site generator powered by awk(1), find(1), grep(1), and lowdown(1).

Writing how-to guides for beginners.

Advocating simple development tools on Twitter. Serving a very kind BSD community.

Supporting Unix/BSD related projects and mentoring developers. #RunBSD #OpenBSD 🐡
For example, maintaining a media kit and website for OpenBSD Amsterdam. Helping Mischa to promote it.

Interviewing the community and hosting user stories.

Why? The modern web is slow, bloated, and intrusive. Our community (developers, system administrators, technical writers) must promote high code standards, support free software projects. For example, OpenBSD project—the invisible backbone of the Internet—software for routers, firewalls, mail, web, DNS servers, etc. Who else can save internet kittens?

Challenges? We need to (re-)educate a few hundred thousand of web developers. I heard the number of programmers doubles every five years. So half of us are inexperienced juniors. We’d better keep up. Everyone should become a tutor.

Past experience

Fullstack Web Developer, self-employed
Software development, Russia, 2016–2019

Developing software for the web. Managing all strategic and operational marketing, customer relationship activities, and sales.

Senior User Interface Architect, Cinarra Systems
Advertising Technology, Singapore, 2015–2016

“Cinarra is a technology startup that is addressing the changing economics of an increasingly mobile society. By uniting mobile operators and their unique “always on” data assets with the advertising ecosystem. Cinarra unlocks real-life data that makes it possible for advertisers to match campaigns to consumers' activities in the real world. Through groundbreaking technology, Cinarra is creating the foundation for a new mobile Internet economy.”

Leading investors: SoftBank, Almaz Capital, and Cisco Systems.

I designed, developed, and deployed web applications (ad campaign management and reporting for advertising agencies). Hired, on-boarded, and managed web developers of the frontend team.

My team (Denis, Raman, Fred, and Ivan) developed the web application frontend of the ad campaign manager.

Marat with the backend team designed and implemented API, database, and web application server.

Sath orchestrated all engineering teams within the company.

Web Developer, self-employed
Software development, Russia, 2009–2015

JavaScript Balsamiq Mockups HTML CSS React Webpack Lodash Node.js MongoDB Meteor nginx Docker Jenkins TravisCI Mocha Chai Jasmine PantomJS Ubuntu Git Shell Elm Apache httpd CoffeeScript PostgreSQL Google Maps Stripe AWS EC2/S3 Google Firebase Heroku

Developed software for clients from California, Singapore, Tokyo, and Moscow. I was focused on frontend development (user interfaces, user experience, interaction design).

Founder, JumpIDEA
Venture Capital Fund, 2007–2009

Managed a team of advisors, handled all communications with angel investors. Provided help to a dozen of internet startups.

Director, Dubbee
SaaS, Moscow, Russia, 2008–2009

Developed an online text-to-speech service. Managed relationships with angel investors. Hired and managed a team of software developers.

JavaScript jQuery HTML CSS MySQL PHP Apache httpd Ubuntu

Director, Geotel
System Integrator, Moscow, Russia, 2007–2009

Built a content delivery network for telecom companies.

Deputy Director, Microcom
System Integrator, Moscow, Russia, 2006–2007

Deployed ERP system for a government agency and managed a team of engineers and technical writers.

Director, Volga Region CA
Certificate Authority, Kazan, Russia, 2005–2006

Provided infosec solutions (e.g. public key infrastructure and digital signature) to government companies. Managed a team of security engineers and software developers.

Director, IBN
Web Design Studio, Kazan, Russia, 2000–2005

Made and supported websites. Designed, developed, and hosted sites. Managed a small team.

JavaScript HTML CSS MySQL PHP CGI Apache httpd Fedora

Web Developer, Center
System Integrator, Kazan, Russia, 1999–2000

JavaScript HTML CSS PHP CGI Apache httpd Red Hat Linux

Built software for in-house web applications.

Print and Web Designer, Idel—Tesma and TSK
Advertising Agencies, Kazan, Russia, 1994-1999

Designed ads for print, outdoor, and the web.

Network Administrator, School 7
Secondary School, Tchaikovsky, Russia, 1991–1994

Maintained the computer network and supported users.


Master of Computer Science
Kazan National Research Technical University
Diploma with honors, Kazan, Russia, 2004

Reference letters

Alex Zinin

Pr3vision Consulting

Sath Nelakonda

VP of Engineering
Cinarra Systems

Timur Goldobin


Mischa Peters

OpenBSD Amsterdam

Raman Shalupau

Crypto Jobs List

Marina Kuznetcova

Frontend Engineer

Denis Borovikov

Senior Software Engineer
Cinarra Systems

Tran Dac Anh

Software Developer

Ivan Starkov

Software Developer

Marat Tukhvatullin

Software Developer
freshcells systems engineering

Kirill Kouterguine

Serial Entrepreneur

Ivan Kuznetzov

Chief Executive Officer

Denis Baranov

Senior Software Developer

Alexis Nazarbaev


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