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C Corp, S Corp, LLC? Finding the Best Fit for Your New Business

Figuring out what type of business entity matches your new company’s needs is challenging. Choose wrong, and you could find yourself unable to grow your company the way you want to. Toptal finance expert Scott Hoover, a seasoned CPA and interim CFO, shows how to make the right decision.

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Scott Hoover

Scott Hoover

Scott is a seasoned CPA and interim CFO who has helped clients achieve financial clarity in a wide range of industries. He specializes in high-level monthly financial oversight, accounting software projects, and corporate tax planning.

Traversing Hybrid Project Management: The Bridge Between Agile and Waterfall

A hybrid approach that bridges Agile’s adaptability and Waterfall’s predictability can be challenging to implement but beneficial for some projects. Toptal project experts share their notes from the field.

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Monica Zaleski

Monica Zaleski

Monica is Lead Editor, Product and Projects, at Toptal and a former editor at the Project Management Institute. She worked in academic and business publishing for more than 15 years on book projects for the University of California Press, as well as on marketing communications projects for Microsoft, SAP, and Synnex. Monica also holds a doctorate in English.

Designing an Intuitive Mobile Dashboard UI: 4 Best Practices

Use these tips for navigation, tables and charts, button UX, and interactivity to create a smooth mobile dashboard experience that will keep users coming back.

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Andris Suipe

Andris Suipe

Andris is a UI/UX designer who specializes in creating apps, websites, and dashboards for fintech, healthcare, and data recovery companies. He has worked with well-known brands around the globe such as Halfords, Roche, and Xapo Bank.

Mastering SaaS Implementation: 4 Tips for Success

In today’s competitive business landscape, SaaS products are indispensable. Find out how to spearhead the introduction of these tools and navigate the intricacies of implementation.

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Alvaro Villena

Alvaro Villena

Alvaro is a seasoned technical project manager and consultant. He has rolled out numerous SaaS implementation projects and delivered complex cloud and AI-driven projects at numerous companies worldwide.

5 Pillars of Responsible Generative AI: A Code of Ethics for the Future

Generative AI advances raise new questions around data ownership, content integrity, algorithmic bias, and more. Here, three experts at the forefront of NLP present recommendations for developing ethical generative AI solutions.

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Madelyn Douglas

Madelyn Douglas

Madelyn is the Lead Editor of Engineering at Toptal and a former software engineer at Meta. She has more than six years of experience researching, writing, and editing for engineering publications, specializing in emerging technologies and AI. She previously served as an editor at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and her research on engineering ethics was published at IEEE’s NER 2021 conference.

Apply These QA Techniques to Improve Your Product Development Process

Product managers often underestimate the importance of QA in software development. Embed these best practices in your team’s process to build higher-quality products and realize your vision faster.

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Andy Chiang

Andy Chiang

Andy is a product manager and technology expert who helps businesses, from startups to global corporations, scale teams and increase revenue. His previous roles include Director of Supply Chain Strategy at Gap Inc. and Director of Product Management at Coupa, which was featured on the Fortune Future 50 index in 2021.

How to Increase Output and Innovation by Hiring Freelance Designers

Freelance designers bring diverse skills and perspectives to projects that help clients achieve business goals without exceeding their budgets.

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Daniel de Paola

Daniel de Paola

Daniel is a UI/UX designer with more than 15 years of experience specializing in mobile apps for fintech, real estate, and SaaS companies. He has partnered with clients such as Royal Bank of Canada, Xello, and Rocket Homes Real Estate as a lead designer, senior product designer, and UI mentor.

Today’s Project Management Blueprint: A Comparison of Lean, Agile, Scrum, and Kanban

Agile frameworks have shaped project management discourse for decades. This explainer traces the antecedents of Lean, Scrum, and Kanban and compares their approaches to managing software development projects.

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Darren Hagman

Darren Hagman

Darren is a project manager and Scrum master with dedicated experience in both Waterfall and Agile approaches to managing software delivery. He spent 10 years as a developer and lead architect before becoming a project manager and has led successful projects across diverse industries, including transportation, e-commerce, and aerospace.

Elegant Healthcare UX: A Missing Piece in Medical Product Design (With Infographic)

Medical products with poor usability could harm patients and increase healthcare company costs. Prioritize usability, accessibility, and the patient experience to design effective devices.

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Yegor Tsynkevich

Yegor Tsynkevich

Yegor is a product designer with expertise in building practical, user-centered solutions. He has worked as a product manager and UX director on innovative projects such as the phone repair service iCracked (acquired by Allstate) and a pill management device later acquired by Stanley Black & Decker. Other clients have included Polaroid, DuPont Tate & Lyle, and multiple medtech startups.

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