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The Advantages of Hiring a Fractional CFO

by Natasha Ketabchi

A fractional CFO is an experienced finance professional who brings extensive business management expertise to a company on a part-time or project basis. Hiring one at the right time can add significant long-lasting value to a business.

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Leveraging Declarative Programming to Create Maintainable Web Apps

by Peter Suggate

Adopting declarative-style programming techniques allows teams to create web applications that are easier to extend and maintain. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Peter Suggate demonstrates how to leverage declarative programming and finite-state machines in JavaScript.

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Innovate with Purpose – An Overview of the Jobs to Be Done Framework

by Zbignev Gecis

Companies succeed because they offer products that people find irresistible, but what compels customers to buy? The Jobs to Be Done framework identifies the unmet desires that motivate all purchases.

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Five Steps to Success: A Private Equity Fundraising Checklist

by Frank Elvinger

Raising money as a new private equity fund manager can be a daunting task. Breaking down the tasks into a checklist is an effective way of building a compelling and consistent investment strategy.

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VSCode Tips and Tricks for Power Users

by Boris Yordanov

Mastering your IDE can go a long way toward improving productivity. However, many are reluctant to dive into customization and optimization. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Boris Yordanov explains how you can become a VSCode power user by leveraging official documentation and using a few practical tools.

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Evolving UX – Experimental Product Design with a CXO

by Miklos Philips

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

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How Freelance Finance Consultants Are Beating Big Firms

by Michael Ng

Freelance finance consultants are delivering high-quality results for clients at a lower cost than traditional consulting firms. How do they manage to do it? One of Toptal’s most in-demand finance freelancers, Michael Ng, explains how freelancers are able to outdo their more established competitors when it comes to communication, expertise, and ROI.

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Creating a Secure REST API in Node.js

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

As patterns go, REST APIs are so useful and ubiquitous that every web developer, regardless of language or platform, should know how to build one. In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Marcos Henrique da Silva shows how to create a simple and secure REST API for user management on Node.js.

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How to Facilitate Change Through Agile Servant Leadership

by Alvaro Villena

The philosophy of servant leadership gives project managers a superpower to influence teams without direct authority, which allows them to drive change across the organization more effectively.

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