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The Power of Optionality, Part 3: Adapting to New Market Landscapes

Optionality has long been regarded as the only approach that gains value from market landscape volatility. Here’s how to map out an optionality-driven approach during even the most extraordinary times.

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Erik Stettler

Erik Stettler

Data scientist and venture capitalist who has invested in 50 global tech companies. He is the Chief Economist at Toptal.

Building an Android POS App That Can’t Be Closed

It’s not every day that a client asks a developer to create a mobile app that cannot be closed, but this can be a crucial feature for Point of Sale (POS) devices.

In this article, Toptal Software Developer Tudor Filip Stupariu demonstrates how he built an Android POS app that can’t be closed.

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Tudor Filip Stupariu

Tudor Filip Stupariu

Tudor is a full-stack software developer focused on JavaScript. He created numerous mobile and web apps, as well as server-side apps.

The Product Backlog: A Step-by-step Guide

Product backlog management is the most impactful work area for any product manager. Learn how to create a healthy backlog and apply a data-driven approach to prioritization.

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Omer Shechter

Omer Shechter

Omer is an innovative product manager with the ability to listen to customers and drive product strategy.

The Many Applications of Gradient Descent in TensorFlow

TensorFlow is one of the leading tools for training deep learning models. Outside that space, it may seem intimidating and unnecessary, but it has many creative uses—like producing highly effective adversarial input for black-box AI systems.

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Alan Reiner

Alan Reiner

Alan’s ML expertise covers visual target recognition models for missile defense systems, real-time NLP, and financial evaluation tools.

Stay Sharp: How to Boost Creativity When Work Subsides

Freelance design contracts aren’t guaranteed. We confront this reality head-on by showing freelancers how to boost creativity and maintain positivity, even when paying jobs dry up.

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Danny Rubyono

Danny Rubyono

For over 20 years, Danny has partnered with design agencies and motion studios to create stunning 3D, animation, and user interface design.

Reorganizing for Survival: Building Scenarios

In the “new normal,” how should business leaders ensure that their business is well-equipped to survive and then thrive? Scenario analysis is a handy tool: How are scenarios built and translated into financial projections?

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Natasha Ketabchi

Natasha Ketabchi

Natasha transitioned to venture capital after a career in banking built in prestigious firms such as JPMorgan and ESM.

How to Build and Sustain a Remote Culture

With over 4,000 people across more than 100 countries, Toptal has mastered the art of attracting and retaining premier talent in a remote environment. Leaders at the company attribute its success to its corporate culture, which serves as the foundation for everything they do.

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Jordan Davidson

Jordan Davidson

Jordan Davidson is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Vice.

Living His Best Life: David Nuff's Inspiring Freelance Success Story

If we could design our best life, what would it entail? What would our freelance success story look like? Hear firsthand and get advice from someone who has designed their career and thrived.

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Miklos Philips

Miklos Philips

Lead Design Blog Editor

The Art of the Fundraising Pitch Deck

The flow of a fundraising pitch deck is vital for striking a chord with investors and clearly displaying the narrative of the business. Going through a successful pitch deck slide by slide is one of the most effective ways to learn how to build a flow.

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Brendan Fitzgerald

Brendan Fitzgerald

Brendan has raised more than $700 million and built strategic relationships with numerous Fortune 500 companies to help grow businesses.

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