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Stars Realigned: Improving the IMDb Rating System

IMDb ratings have genre bias: For example, dramas tend to score higher. Removing common feature bias and keeping unique characteristics, it’s possible to create a new, refined score based on IMDb information.

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Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Juan (MSc, computer science) is a data science/AI PhD student. As a senior web developer, his main expertise includes R, Python, and PHP.

Who's at the Helm? – Dissecting the Qualities of Design Leadership

Should designers lead? Can design leadership be defined? What leadership style gets the best results? We present six design leadership profiles and examine the pros and cons of each.

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Sara Vilas Santiago

Sara Vilas Santiago

Sara is an innovative design leader that has driven growth for more than 100 multinational corporations, mostly in the financial sector.

Fatigued by the Subscription Business Model

The subscription business model has existed for generations but has recently surged in popularity. In efforts to replicate the success of the SaaS sector, consumer products startups are increasingly trying to stimulate recurring revenue by offering subscriptions.

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Stork, Part 4: Implementing Statements and Wrapping Up

The development of our lightweight programming language created in C++ is nearing completion and we can finally see it in action.

In the final part of our Stork series, Toptal Full-stack Developer Jakisa Tomic explains how to implement statements, tuples, and modules.

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Jakiša Tomić

Jakiša Tomić

Jakisa has 15+ years of experience developing various apps on multiple platforms. Most of his technical expertise is in C++ development.

An Introduction to Workarea Commerce Platform

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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Maxim Sterjanov

Maxim Sterjanov

Maxim is a professional Agile project manager, IT consultant, and team leader with 14 years of experience and a solid technical background.

A Design License Is Not the Answer

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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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.

Feeding the Future: An Overview of Agrifood Technology

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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Francesco Castellano

Francesco Castellano

Francesco has more than a decade of experience in finance, consulting, and management at prestigious companies such as Bain and Uber.

How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement Model That Actually Balances

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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Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize

Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize

Pierre has contributed to the completion of more than 30 M&A deals, specializing in the retail, SaaS, and technology spaces.

Consistency Is Key: How to Build a Figma Design System

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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Jason Gilmour

Jason Gilmour

Jason is an experienced designer with a talent for UX, strategy, and creating innovative solutions from first principles.

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