Taso Du Val is the co-founder and CEO of Toptal, a network of high-skilled, on-demand talent. At the San Francisco-based company, Du Val focuses on innovation, on driving the scale, through a completely virtual company with no offices. The bootstrapped, profitable company was founded eight years ago and now has thousands in its talent network. Toptal has provided high-quality talent for many start-ups and companies from Silicon Valley to London to Japan. The company’s focus on challenging, tier-one projects attracts freelancers across the globe to join its network.
Du Val serves on the boards of multiple organizations, advising on talent strategy and innovation for Fortune 100s and nonprofits. He has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton and Oxford on talent management and entrepreneurship. Du Val decided to enter the talent industry after seeing that incumbent competitors tended to have outdated business models and technology. By putting together a team of engineers from top global backgrounds, Toptal was able to approach the hiring problem in an entirely new way. Du Val’s leadership philosophy is to focus on Toptal’s culture and values, which emphasize innovation and an intense work pace, above all.
In the future, Toptal plans to operate in every highly skilled professional field that can be done remotely.