Software Entrepreneur & Laravel Developer

Software Entrepreneur & Laravel Developer

Introducing Michael Houghton

With 14 years experience as a Software Developer mixed with a business background, I have a great balance of technical and business knowledge. I have launched hundreds of software applications, lead development teams and seen companies grow from infancy to million dollar businesses.

I define myself as a Software Entrepreneur - I work with clients who need help to grow their business to the next level. Whether it's improving the sales conversions at an e-commerce website, launching a new version of an application or helping grow the number of visitors to a site - I aim to produce genuine results, quickly!

I have lead development teams, have launched my own websites and helped many companies overcome complex problems by finding simple solutions.

Tools of the Trade

I love working with Laravel and consider myself a Laravel expert. I have helped companies launch rapid MVP solutions with Laravel.


I enjoy working with developers and am very passionate about Remote Work. Every year I run a Mentorship Program where I look to work 1 on 1 with a developer to help them develop their software skills and introduce them to the world of remote work.

List of Achievements

I wrote my first website when I was 15 years old. Here is a quick list of my achievements since then:

  • Started online trading during High School - had a perfect feedback record with over 1500 transactions.
  • In 2005 I founded Elive - which today is one of New Zealand's largest online stores.
  • In 2008 launched my own Penny Auction software - selling hundreds of licenses in a 3 year period.
  • In 2010 I launched my own Penny Auction website targeting the Asian Market.
  • In 2013 was part of the CakeDC team - working along side the founder of CakePHP.
  • In 2013 I was the winner of IEDR Optimize Fund.
  • In 2014 I was the Regional Finalist for Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur.
  • In 2014 I was accepted into Toptal as a developer. In 2016 I joined the core team as a Director of Engineering.
  • In 2017 I developed rapid software solutions for Mclowd - and Australia based self managed super fund accounting platform.

But don't just take my word for it! See what my clients have to say about working with me.

Does it sound like I could be an asset to your business? Lets connect!

Recent Articles

How Adopting an MVP Development Approach will Greatly Improve your likelihood of Success
8th December 2017

Learn about how MVP Development can greatly reduce the development time of building features for your application.

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How to Deliver Value as a Programmer
20th October 2017

There is often a value perception that Software Development is a rinse and repeat exercise - that pass any task onto any developer with a slight bit of experience and that the task will be handled the same way - within the same time. But the reality is far different!

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How to Move from Full Time Employment to Full Time Freelancing?
12th December 2016

Are you looking to break into full time freelancing? This article gives advice about how to go from working full time as an employee, and start your own business as a freelance developer!

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How I Freelance? Attributes Required for Full Time Freelancing
10th November 2016

After 6 months on the Toptal core team, I recently went back into full time freelancing - doing PHP development. While being a freelancer does comes with risks and certainly isn't for everyone - I would love to take the time to highlight what I love about freelancing and how I like to work!

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