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Lyft vs. Uber: Hailing a Ride to Public Markets

With both expected to go public in 2019, we look at Lyft vs Uber and how they would be valued on the public markets. This analysis also comprises an overview of their respective business models, finances, and expansion strategies.

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Zachary Elfman

Zachary Elfman

Zach is a modelling, fundamental analysis and valuation expert that has managed money for PE and hedge funds. He now runs his own business.

The Ultimate Guide to Smart Software Pricing Strategies

Smart software pricing strategies can make or break success. Pricing impacts design decisions and should be reviewed with the long term in mind.

Stay competitive and agile with pricing to keep ahead of the competition. A well-designed pricing architecture will simplify contract negotiations and new product introductions.

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Laurie Harvey

Laurie Harvey

Laurie is a business-driven product management executive with over 15 years of experience in multinational companies and startups.

Revenue-based Financing in VC: A Study on Playing Averages Over Home Runs

Revenue-based financing allows an entrepreneur to repay an investment over time, to retake ownership of their business, and give a capped return to investors. With founders increasingly rejecting the scale-at-all-costs mentality, this article investigates the math of revenue-based investing and whether in VC it is possible to play averages over home runs.

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Toptal Talent Network Experts

Why You Don’t Need Design Education

For decades, a design diploma was the golden ticket to career opportunity. As this path now faces scrutiny, we examine the issues plaguing design institutions and offer radical solutions for change.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

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

Smart Node.js Form Validation

Bulletproof data validation is fundamental to implementing a back-end API. Find out how datalize, a Node.js library, makes this easy—and formats your data nicely, too.

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Andrej Adamcik

Andrej Adamcik

Andrej is an award-winning full-stack developer with experience on projects for global brands such as Spotify, Gartner, Comcast, or Fantasy.

Working with the React Context API

The React Context API was been around as an experimental feature for a while now but finally became safe to use in production last year, solving one major problem React problem — prop drilling.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Javascript Developer Boris Yordanov will introduce us to the API and illustrate it with two basic web store apps, one built with the Context API and one without it.

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Boris Yordanov

Boris Yordanov

Boris is a web developer working primarily with vanilla JavaScript and popular frameworks like Angular, React, and MeteorJS.

Advanced Concurrency in Swift with HoneyBee

Handling concurrency in Swift can cause headaches and pyramids of doom. HoneyBee is a futures/promises library that makes concurrent programming easy, expressive, and safe.

Join Toptal Swift Developer Alex Lynch in exploring the performance and readability advantage of using this library.

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Alex Lynch

Alex Lynch

Alex is an expert iOS and full-stack developer with over 11 years of experience in iOS and 20 years developing applications.

Empty States – The Most Overlooked Aspect of UX

Empty states are often overlooked in UX design, but they can be drivers of substantial business benefits, and if done right, contribute to a more compelling user experience.

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Shane Ketterman

Shane Ketterman

Shane comes from a background in architecture and design, information technology, and content marketing, and has a passion for UX research.

The Role and Responsibilities of the Modern CFO: A Function in Transition

Over the last few decades, the role of the CFO has undergone a profound shift. The historical tasks of the finance function such as books and records, financial reporting, and statutory compliance continue to be important but are now taken for granted by CEOs. The CFO of today and tomorrow must be able to take financial data and use it to influence operational decision making and strategy. But how?

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Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth

Paul is an international CFO with experience at large multinationals, and who has led simplification projects across multiple geographies.

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