About me


I’m a technology freak but I believe people are the most valuable asset of any company. I like pragmatic (Lean) solutions. When I Worked for start-ups I learnt that “Done is better than perfect”. I prefer prototyping over long theoretical discussions. Professionally I work with Elixir and Go but I also actively learn new languages that can address different issues. I love books about neuropsychology and history of gaming.

It’s more objective to show what others think about working with you, so please have a read:

  • Rafal is an amazing talent! I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with him. He is a diligent developer, who not only writes great code, but his problem solving, delivery and documentation skills are superb. He always works with the end-user in mind. Rafal’s talent goes beyond coding, he has the unique capability to seamlessly adapt to new cultures, be an active team player and knows how/when to boost his team’s spirit. He doesn’t just see a contract as a “9-5 job” he builds relationships and is always just a message away. Many times, responding to us at crazy hours of the night and assisting us. If he offers his help, he is going to go above and beyond to deliver. It has been an absolute joy for me to work with Rafal and I recommend him to you with pleasure. You wouldn’t be disappointed with the quality of work provided or the team spirit he brings.

    Kimberley Forde

    Kimberley was senior to Rafał at BITT but didn’t manage directly

  • Rafal has worked remotely on the PP games team for the last 2 years. He is an excellent full stack developer with very strong technical knowledge and a faultless work ethic. He is extremely reliable and has completed several high-value projects, both FE and server-side, for PP over that time. Being very patient and personable he is very easy to work with.

    Conor Ryan

    Conor managed Rafał indirectly at Paddy Power Betfair

  • I worked with Rafal as a security engineer embedded in development teams. He was a true security champion in that he always sought to look at projects from a security/risk point of view. He really helped to encourage other developers to engage with security and collaborate towards making our products more secure for our users.

    Robert Fitzpatrick

    Robert worked directly with Rafał at Paddy Power Betfair

  • Rafal is a full stack developer that always thinks about the bigger picture. Not content to simply produce software but is also conscious of the performance, security and the underlying platform he's deploying to. At Paddy Power, Rafal was always one of the most frequent visitors to the security team, and was a key resource for us as both a security conscious software engineer, and an advocate of embedding security into the software life cycle.

    Chris Dare

    Chris worked with Rafał at Paddy Power Betfair

  • I had the pleasure of working alongside Rafal at Paddypower. An extremely bright individual who has turned his efforts to programming and architectural design, whilst maintaining an effective command of the business domain that he works in. He has a proven track record for producing fit-for-purpose code and still finds time to coach others and assist as needed. With an approachable manner and always good humour, he works easily with others as he does on his own initiative when required. He has been a pleasure to work with and I hope to continue to working alongside him in the future.

    Peter McCann

    Peter worked directly with Rafał at Paddy Power Betfair

  • Working with Rafal was one of the most rewarding an relaxed experiences I had so far in my career. He made me fell I was part of a team. He was and is trust wordy, professionally and personally and I admired his skill set, specially mathematical and analytical. Working in payments we where faced with a massive challenge where any fault would reflect directly in to the revenue stream. The funny bit of the experience, was that Rafal still manage to find the time to innovate and create tools that made everyone else life easier. Although we had a change to work together again, life took us in different paths. Given a chance I would love the opportunity to have him on my team.

    André Ferreira

    André worked directly with Rafał at Pocket Kings Ltd

  • I had the privilege of working with Rafal for over two years on various online and mobile projects during his tenure as the Games dev lead at Paddy Power. He combines excellent technical skills with strong leadership skills. He is a forward thinking and pragmatic problem solver. Rafal is one of those team members who will go the extra mile to ensure a team delivers a project on time. As a dev lead, he was always happy to mentor junior team members. I cannot recommend him highly enough and would be delighted to work with him again in the future.

    Dieter Garbrecht

    Dieter worked directly with Rafał at PADDYPOWER

  • Rafal is a very responsible individual who knows how to get the job done. He has great communication skills, he closely follows emerging technologies and has the capacity to introduce them successfully in the product he is working on. Lastly, he is very pleasant to work with and has a great sense of humor!

    Konstantinos Konstantinidis

    Konstantinos worked directly with Rafał at Pocket Kings Ltd

  • Rafał is a great skilled developer. I've been working with him 3 years in Paddy Power. He is not only mastering web development and related technologies but he is always been a source of new ideas for me and for our team. I quickly get used to listen his technical advice and he never refused to help me or have a chat. He is able to find a brilliant solution for a complex problem, he is an inspiring team player. I'm really happy to have been working with him.

    Samuele Catuzzi

    Samuele worked directly with Rafał at Paddy Power Betfair

  • Rafal is my former team leader in Paddy Power. It was a pleasure work with him, he's a responsible person, always ready to help the people of his team and suggest new improvements from the managing point of view of the games team. He's really skilful to deal with people, he knows how to manage with business department and marketing department, he's quick to deliver his products on line and he's always keen to help other developers. Working with him was really funny and I improved widely my knowledge

    Emanuele Stoppa

    Emanuele reported to Rafał at Paddy Power Betfair

  • I worked with Rafal for approximately two years in his capacity as a developer for the Games product. In my experience, Rafal is a proactive problem solver who doesn't look for 'a' solution, but rather will always seek out the 'right' solution. One of the first big projects Rafal undertook was a complete refactoring of our Games launching process which hadn't been changed in approximately 7 years. Rafal's ideas and execution ensured that the project was not only delivered quickly, but it provided us with significant time/effort savings for future game launching projects. In addition to the above, Rafal has a rare commercial focus for a developer and is passionate and enthused by the workings and performance of the business. On top of his technical skills, Rafal is also an enthusiastic and affable character and is a great guy to have around the office. I would heartily recommend Rafal to any prospective employer.

    Hugh Casey

    Hugh worked with Rafał at PADDYPOWER

  • I have worked with Rafal for the last 3 years in Paddy Power and I have found him to have a close to unrivalled knowledge of website development and infrastructure design. He is a pragmatic problem solver who is always able to find a solution to even the most difficult issues. When dealing with the Business he has the ability to explain technical details in layman's terms and his track record in delivering truly impressive results. I would highly recommend Rafal and would be delighted to work with him again in the future.

    David Ashe

    David managed Rafał indirectly at PADDYPOWER

  • Managing Rafal was an absolute pleasure for me. Rafal is a hard working and creative problem solver. Also I was always inspired by his positive 'can do' attitude and how he was held in such high regard by some many people across the company.

    Jamie Good

    Jamie managed Rafał at PADDYPOWER

  • I worked with Rafal for over a year. My role when working with Rafal was as the Test Team Leader for a newly formed Agile team responsible for the Paddy Power Games product line. Around the same time I joined the team, Rafal was promoted to the role of Development Team Lead for the same Paddy Power Games product line. In my time working with him on Agile team management activities I found him extremely technically capable and dedicated to delivering a quality product from both the perspective of coding practices and functional expectations of the business. I would recommend him in the strongest possible terms for any Senior Development, Architect or IT Management roles. On a personal level he will be a big loss to the Paddy Power team as he's a pleasure to deal with on a day to day basis.

    David O'Dowd

    David worked directly with Rafał at PADDYPOWER

  • I have a great pleasure to work with Rafał on Watt3 project. He is a great enthusiastic about Golang and agile methodology, always happy to learn new technology. He has an unbelievable skill to see the things ‘out of box’, which help us in structurizing our product. But first of all, Rafał is an amazing colleague that I could always count on his good advice or help.

    Joanna Sobańska

    Joanna reported to Rafał at WATT3

  • It's hard to recommend Rafał enough. He is a highly skilled, solution-oriented professional with great communication skills. From day one everything is organized, put together and on time. Whatever we agree on - he delivers. A true definition of a man of his word. A no-nonsense type of guy that is very pleasant to be around and work with. All that adds up to a perfect blend of being a professional and a true human.

    Jan Świst

    Rafał worked with Jan in the same group

  • Working with Rafal this past year has been a real pleasure. I would definitely recommend him for any team I am on and hope he finds mad success in his future. I'll miss working together and know that any team would be lucky to have him.

    Elton Searcy

    Elton worked directly with Rafał at BITT

  • Working with Rafal has taught me what a good colleague should look like. I've benefited from the different perspectives he has at the moment of solving problems and by his disposition to solve issues we encountered along the way. Definitely someone I'd like to work with again.

    Miguel Diaz

    Miguel worked with Rafał at Virtually Human

  • I had the chance to work with Rafal Golarz at SalesRabbit, and I can't say enough good things about him. He's a hard worker, dependable, and really easy to get along with. Working with Rafal was always a pleasure, and he brought positive energy and good vibes to our team. Rafal was consistently on top of his tasks, always willing to help others out, and would demonstrate solid grit to meet deadlines. He really made a difference in achieving our goals. One thing that stood out about Rafal was his strong leadership skills. He stepped up when needed, guiding the team and taking charge of projects with ease. Rafal was always professional and approachable, making it easy for everyone to work together effectively. In short, I would wholeheartedly work with Rafal again. He's a hard worker, dependable, and easy to work with, not to mention his strong leadership skills. I'm confident that Rafal would be a valuable addition to any team.

    Spencer Arn

    Spencer managed Rafal directly at SalesRabbit

  • Rafal is one of those developers who leaves a mark on a team. Whenever I am thinking about the type of person I would want to work with, he comes to mind. He is incredibly diligent in getting the work done and keeps it light when things get tough. Rafal also took on some very tricky challenges that required a lot of learning to accomplish. Not only did he take on the challenge, but he also embraced it fully. He applied what he learned from his findings and became a teacher to the team, ensuring success along the way.

    Tyler Chapman

    Tyler worked with Rafal on the same team at BITT

All recommendations were received on linkedIn.