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An Introduction to Workarea Commerce Platform

by Maxim Sterjanov

The global eCommerce market has grown from $2.8 trillion to $3.5 trillion over the last year, and the projected growth remains at a staggering 18% per year. Workarea is positioning itself as a highly flexible and customizable offering for enterprise clients to satisfy the growing demand.

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A Design License Is Not the Answer

by Cameron Chapman

Design decisions can be complex, with potential legal and ethical ramifications. Designers have a responsibility to produce work that will not harm others, but is design licensing the best solution?

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Feeding the Future: An Overview of Agrifood Technology

by Francesco Castellano

As environmental, social, and demographic factors increasingly put pressure on traditional food production, investors and entrepreneurs are turning to innovation. Many promising startups are emerging, all with a focus on producing food in a more efficient and sustainable way.

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How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement Model That Actually Balances

by Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize

When a cash flow statement model doesn’t balance, it can cause immense frustration and wasted time. The root cause of this problem most commonly resides in models being built with inconsistent and contradictory data sources.

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Consistency Is Key – How to Build a Figma Design System

by Jason Gilmour

Figma has advanced features that are tailored to meet expectations for consistency during the design process. This tutorial outlines how a Figma component library can work well within a design system.

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Stork, Part 3: Implementing Expressions and Variables

by Jakisa Tomic

Developing a new programming language from scratch tends to create unique challenges, followed by unconventional solutions that may go against some programming dogmas. In Part 3 of our Stork series, Toptal Full-stack Developer Jakisa Tomic elaborates on how C++ macros can help and why expression implementation might not be as straightforward as expected.

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EdTech Industry Analysis & Trends (2020)

by Steven Southwick

Education has rapidly evolved away from the red-brick schoolhouse model. About $7.0 billion was invested globally by VC funds into the edtech market in 2019. This is expected to grow 3x over the next decade. Where is the money going? What characteristics do new competitors need to be sustainable?

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Visual Shelf Life – Why Web Design Illustrations Go Stale

by Micah Bowers

Illustration makes the web a brighter place, but there’s a risk it will grow stale. We explain how designers can avoid imitation with web design illustrations that give clients a competitive edge.

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Corporate Venture Capital: The Devil...or an Innovative Growth Channel?

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

In industries seeing stagnant growth or a negative impact from uncontrollable, outside forces, many companies are turning to corporate venture capital as an alternative means to innovation. Yet, famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson once said that corporate venture capital was the “devil.”

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