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Compelling and Moving: A Guide to Motion Design Principles

If interface elements fail to exhibit motion design principles, the results are jarring. In UX design, motion is more than a garnish. It is a force that extends the reach of visual communication.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

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

The State of the Music Industry in 2020

The music recording industry presents a great example of how businesses must continually transform and adapt to change. After piracy and unbundling drove 15 years of revenue decline, the global industry has returned to growth, primarily due to streaming.

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Jimmy Stone

Jimmy Stone

Jimmy has executed and evaluated $1+ billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions across a range of industries.

Create a Publication Chain with Pandoc and Docker

Pandoc is a software package capable of converting documents into various formats, and since it’s available as a Docker image, it’s easy to run.

In this article, Toptal Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Phillip Edwards demonstrates how you can easily create a robust publication chain using Pandoc, Docker, and a pinch of Markdown.

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Phillip Edwards

Phillip Edwards

A former university lecturer, Phillip has extensive experience in all aspects of software development, with particular expertise in Java.

The Advantages of Hiring a Fractional CFO

A fractional CFO is an experienced finance professional who brings extensive business management expertise to a company on a part-time or project basis. Hiring one at the right time can add significant long-lasting value to a business.

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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.

Leveraging Declarative Programming to Create Maintainable Web Apps

Adopting declarative-style programming techniques allows teams to create web applications that are easier to extend and maintain.

In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Peter Suggate demonstrates how to leverage declarative programming and finite-state machines in JavaScript.

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Peter Suggate

Peter Suggate

Peter is a full-stack developer with 15 years of experience building apps for the web and desktop.

Five Steps to Success: A Private Equity Fundraising Checklist

Raising money as a new private equity fund manager can be a daunting task. Breaking down the tasks into a checklist is an effective way of building a compelling and consistent investment strategy.

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Frank Elvinger

Frank Elvinger

An HEC Paris graduate, Frank has advised clients on a range of transactions totaling more than €50 million.

VSCode Tips and Tricks for Power Users

Mastering your IDE can go a long way toward improving productivity. However, many are reluctant to dive into customization and optimization.

In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Boris Yordanov explains how you can become a VSCode power user by leveraging official documentation and using a few practical tools.

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Boris Yordanov

Boris Yordanov

Boris is an experienced Toptal developer who works mainly with JavaScript and popular JS frameworks such as Angular, React, and Meteor.

Evolving UX: Experimental Product Design with a CXO

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

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Miklos Philips

Miklos Philips

Miklos is a UX designer, product design strategist, author, and speaker with more than 18 years of experience in the design field.

How Freelance Finance Consultants Are Beating Big Firms

Freelance finance consultants are delivering high-quality results for clients at a lower cost than traditional consulting firms. How do they manage to do it? One of Toptal’s most in-demand finance freelancers, Michael Ng, explains how freelancers are able to outdo their more established competitors when it comes to communication, expertise, and ROI.

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Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Michael has executed $5+ billion in M&A and capital raising transactions. In his freelancing work, he focuses on financial modeling, investor presentations, and M&A.

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