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The State of Private Equity in 2020

The state of global private equity in 2020 is complex, mainly due to economic activity drastically contracting since the second quarter. Many businesses are on the brink of collapse. In these extraordinary times, what are the main challenges that private equity funds face?

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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.

A Splash of EarlGrey: UI Testing the Toptal Talent App

Created by Google as an in-house testing tool, EarlGrey was open-sourced in 2016, and it quickly gained a sizable following in the iOS developer community.

In this article, Toptal Senior QA Automation Engineer Ciprian Balea explains why the Toptal talent app is tested using EarlGrey and demonstrates why you should consider it, too.

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Ciprian Balea

Ciprian Balea

Ciprian is a certified scrum master experienced in setting up and developing CI infrastructures and test automation frameworks in various languages.

Web Layout Best Practices: 12 Timeless UI Patterns Analyzed

Following web layout design best practices while incorporating timeless UI patterns produces digital experiences that delight users and stand the test of time.

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Cameron Chapman

Cameron Chapman

Cameron comes from a design background and is the author of two web design books: Color for Web Design and The Smashing Idea Book.

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

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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Zbignev Gecis

Zbignev Gecis

Zbignev is a proven product designer trusted by startups, fintech companies, and brands like MTV, Ikea, BMW, and American Express.

The freedom to travel is a boon to the remote work lifestyle, but finding the right type of housing can be a challenge. Luckily, a variety of coliving spaces now cater to different needs.

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Kent Mundle

Kent Mundle

Kent is a globally recognized environmental designer who uses design and writing to create innovative and transformative experiences.

Numbers Shouldn't Lie: An Overview of Common Data Visualization Mistakes

When designers prioritize compelling imagery over accuracy, data visualizations deceive. To communicate data with integrity, designers must avoid common data visualization mistakes.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Micah helps businesses craft meaningful connections through branding, illustration, and design.

Spring Security With JWT for REST API

Spring Security is the de facto framework for securing Spring apps, but it can be tricky to configure.

This Spring Security tutorial highlights an efficient JWT solution.

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Ioram Gordadze

Ioram Gordadze

Ioram has a master’s degree in computer science and over a decade of professional Java experience. He specializes in enterprise-grade applications.

Information Architecture Principles for Mobile (With Infographic)

By applying information architecture principles to mobile sites and apps, designers infuse content with much-needed structure and help users accomplish their goals with ease.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Micah helps businesses craft meaningful connections through branding, illustration, and design.

The Power of Structure: A Guide to Design System Models

Through trial and error, the makers of design systems have come to view their work as living products, not static documents. What can be learned from the design system models of large organizations?

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Alejandro Velasco

Alejandro Velasco

Alejandro is a seasoned digital designer who specializes in helping startups build brand identities through user interfaces.

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