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What's a Startup Worth? Guidelines and Best Practices

by Natasha Ketabchi

How do you value a startup or a scaleup? This is a question that plagues both founders and investors. Arriving at a figure all parties can agree upon is not very straightforward: ultimately, valuation is more of an art than a science.

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Performance and Efficiency: Working with HTTP/3

by Brian Wojtczak

HTTP/3 is on the horizon, but many aren't even familiar with HTTP/2 yet. Find out what HTTP/3 means for web development, administration, and the internet.

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Inside Toptal’s Distributed Screening Process

by Cole Stryker

WordPress cofounder and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg interviews Toptal CEO Taso Du Val about how he built his fully distributed company and modern recruitment's major sea change.

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The World Is Our Interface - the Evolution of UI Design

by Danielle Reid

Today, computers are omnipresent. With the rapid advance in the evolution of UI design, an exploration into human interaction with objects, the environment, and technology has become essential.

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What Is Staff Augmentation?

by Toptal Research

Staff augmentation is a powerful tool for any organization’s arsenal, but not many understand the different types of staff augmentation and how to choose the right model. This is the perfect place to get started.

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Lighter and Faster - A Guide to the Svelte Framework

by Teimur Gasanov

Web applications are becoming more popular day by day with stable options like React.js, Angular, and Vue.js. However, a serious competitor may be on the horizon — Svelte. In this article, Toptal freelance software developer Teimur Gasanov introduces Svelte, a new framework for building user interfaces. He does so by walking us through creating a common log-in form used by virtually every type of application.

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Getting Acquainted – A Guide to User Onboarding Flows

by Viktoriia Pshenychko

First impressions are vital, and the outcome is binary—engagement or escape. The same goes for user onboarding. Learn how onboarding drives brand awareness and establishes trust with end users.

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All in the Family - A Guide to Family Offices

by Greg Barasia, CFA

Family Offices are becoming increasingly popular and prominent in investment circles. Their rise is due to changing economic conditions and the increased flexibility and control that families wish to exert with their capital.

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The Strengths and Benefits of Micro Frontends

by Bob Myers

Micro-frontend architectures decompose a front-end app into individual, semi-independent "microapps" working loosely together. This can help make large projects more manageable, e.g. when transitioning from legacy codebases.

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