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Every Product Has a Thesis

by Alex Cox

Every successful product has a central thesis—a reason for existence. Let’s analyze the foundations of the iPhone, Alexa, and other widespread products to highlight their core theses.

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Building a Business Continuity Plan

by Jeffrey Fidelman

When a disaster interrupts your business operations, a well-thought-out continuity plan can help keep your business afloat. Here are five steps you can take to protect your company from becoming one of the 40% of businesses that close up for good in the aftermath of a disaster.

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How to Build a Strong Remote Work Culture: An Interview with Christy Schumann

by Vytas Butkus

Christy Schumann, Toptal’s VP of Talent Operations, discusses what it is like to lead a 100-strong fully remote and distributed team that is responsible for matching Fortune 500 companies and well-funded startups with some of the best talent in the world.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Notification Design

by Sara Vilas Santiago

Notifications of all types are an indispensable part of digital products, but they should never harm the user experience—they should only be used to assist interactions and boost UX.

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: What Is It and What Happens Next?

by Jeff Anapolsky

Bankruptcy is a high-stakes game for creditors and debtors. Understanding the process steps of a Chapter 11 reorganization is critical for related parties looking to protect their interests.

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Make It Count – A Guide to Measuring the User Experience

by Kayode Osinusi

As designers, we want the products we build to be satisfying and easy to use, but how can we know that’s the case? We start by measuring the user experience with evidence rather than opinions.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Building an Accurate Financial Model

by Hudson Cashdan

Many financial models fail because they rely on optimistic assumptions and ignore the risks presented by uncertain variables. This six-step guide illustrates how to avoid these pitfalls and develop practical, accurate financial models to inform your decision-making.

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How to Build a Node.js Error-handling System

by Jay Huang

Node.js developers often find themselves working with chaotic code that’s anything but clean. This can obviously cause productivity issues and outright errors. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Jay Huang will introduce you to error-handling in Node.js and demonstrate how you can build a robust error-handling system yourself.

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Full User Authentication and Access Control – A Laravel Passport Tutorial, Pt. 1

by Layo Folaranmi

Setting up authentication and state in a stateless API context might seem somewhat problematic. But Laravel Passport gives developers a clean, straightforward way to add OAuth 2.0 to an app's API.

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