Mayel de Borniol

Mayel de Borniol

Hacking the World

Hi! I’m Mayel. If we were to meet randomly at a party, you might try recognising my accent and guessing where I’m from until you give up! I call myself a glomad and recently spent five years living out of a suitcase. I’m addicted to travel and exploring the world - in the past few years I have spent time in over 20 countries, but I’m not really counting. It’s less about the destinations (or about the sights), and more about the journey! I prefer staying somewhere for a while, really getting to know the culture, the people, and even how to cook the local specialities.

I’m a developer and social entrepreneur who enjoys understanding how systems work, hacking things to try and make them better, and maybe accidentally inventing something.


I've had the pleasure of building a lot of fun things, including: Podemus, a podcasting platform (back in 2005); LeLab.TV, a video platform (for which I also produced video content); Babelverse, an award-winning startup that took on the challenge of the 'universal translator', powered by a global community of interpreters...

My current projects include:


With over 10 years experience as a startup founder and over 15 years as a full-stack web app developer, I can help with a wide range of projects.

Whether it be defining a project’s strategy, designing the features and architecture, building and launching the website or app, or setting up the servers.

On top of my core technical skills, I’ve been in charge of everything from product design to project management, pitching to fundraising, hiring to project management, community building to customer service, branding to PR to social media, and even marketing and sales when that couldn’t be avoided…

I’m currently available for:

  • Remote, short-term consulting and/or programming work
  • Investigating the needs you and your users have, and finding optimal solutions
  • Collaborating through email / Skype / instant messaging / Trello
  • Delivering code (PHP/JS/HTML/etc) via Git

My specialities include:

  • Full-Stack Website & App Development, PHP Back-End Programming, Javascript/HTML/CSS Front-End, Building APIs, Integrating APIs & SDKs...
  • Infrastructure Design & Setup, Server & Cloud Administration, IT Management, Database Design & Administration...
  • Information Architecture, Product Development, Project Management, Technical Innovation, Blockchain Applications...
  • Consulting on Strategy, Business Model Innovation, Building Online Communities...
  • Translation, Casual Interpretation, Managing Large-Scale Translation & Localisation Projects, Sourcing Linguists Globally...
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