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In this ask-me-anything-style Q&A, leading Toptal AI developer Joao Diogo de Oliveira fields questions from fellow engineers about resources for pivoting to ML, approaches to large language models, and the most critical future applications of AI.

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Joao Diogo de Oliveira

Joao Diogo de Oliveira

Joao is an AI developer with more than 10 years of experience at Fortune 100 companies like Procter & Gamble and startups in the healthcare, energy, and finance industries. Joao holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Porto and has multiple certifications in ML and deep learning.

Drive Commercial Success With a Product-led Growth Culture

Aligned teams create a seamless customer experience. Unlock the potential of product-led growth in your organization with these six tips.

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Philippe Araujo

Philippe Araujo

Philippe is a growth product manager, Agile expert, and digital innovation consultant. Over the past 15 years he has helped clients such as Fujitsu and Michelin develop engaging products and transform their businesses to be more customer-centric.

Pragmatic Pixel Perfection: A Manifesto for Balancing Design Quality and Speed

Product teams face a dilemma: Achieving pixel-perfect design requires significant time and resources, but rushing to launch can result in mediocre products. This UI guide explains how to design excellent products while balancing quality and speed.

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Damir Kotorić

Damir Kotorić

Damir is a digital designer who has created payments systems at Booking.com, open-data portals for Australian state governments, and the search experience at Envato Market. He has also facilitated design sprint workshops at Harvard University, been a lead UX instructor at General Assembly, and led AR/VR design at Archimedes Digital.

HiPPOs and the Product Roadmap: How to Manage Senior Stakeholder Intervention

Don’t let someone’s intuition overshadow data-driven decision-making. Use these strategies to manage the highest-paid person’s opinions (HiPPO) and build robust, consistent processes around your product roadmap.

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Ryan Strong

Ryan Strong

Ryan is a senior product manager and startup CEO with more than a decade of experience building innovative products. His previous roles include Director of Product Management at 7-Eleven, where he played a key role in creating the first cashierless store, and Product Manager at AIG Retirement. Ryan has led both software and hardware projects using data to guide and validate at every stage of the process.

Exploring the Post-crash Cryptocurrency Market: Blockchain, Regulations, and Beyond

The 2022 crash shook the cryptocurrency market to its core, but investors are still buying digital coins. How does crypto work, and what does the future hold for it?

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Jeffrey Mazer

Jeffrey Mazer

Jeff is a former CFO, financial expert, and lawyer specializing in financial and investment analysis, as well as legal and regulatory issues relating to business and finance. He was previously Director of Global Liquidity Investment Solutions, Western Regional Manager, at Bank of America and Head of Bankruptcies and Restructurings at Allstate Insurance.

Swipe Right: 3 Ways to Boost Safety in Dating App Design

Designers can create safer dating app UX through robust ID verification methods, reporting tools, and design features that clarify consent.

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Kate Margolis

Kate Margolis

Kate is a digital product designer and UX/UI consultant who specializes in user-centered design and user research. She has partnered with companies such as Hertz, Jaguar Land Rover, and the dating app Thursday.

Kanban History: From 1950s Factory Floor to Today’s Remote Teams

From auto manufacturing in the 1950s to the modern digital workplace, Kanban’s evolution holds valuable lessons for today’s distributed project teams.

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Olamide Olanipekun

Olamide Olanipekun

Olamide is a project manager who specializes in leveraging technology to solve enterprise challenges. He is a former senior Agile project manager and senior IT business analyst for KPMG, and has also worked for Pluralsight and Alteryx.

Advantages of AI: Using GPT and Diffusion Models for Image Generation

Generative AI is taking the world by storm, with potentially profound impacts on the content we create. Learn the basics of AI image generation and produce sophisticated artistic renderings with this tutorial.

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Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Juan is a developer, data scientist, and doctoral researcher at the University of Buenos Aires where he studies social networks, AI, and NLP. Juan has more than a decade of data science experience and has published papers at ML conferences including SPIRE and ICCS.

Struggling With Stakeholder Management? Hire a Product Manager

Product managers can be invaluable partners for CEOs and other executive leaders during times of organizational change. By negotiating with stakeholders at all levels, the product manager can achieve alignment for vital products and initiatives, and remove operational roadblocks.

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Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Scott is a product manager and consultant with more than nine years of experience working in global markets for companies like LVMH, Kering, and Richemont, as well as startups at all stages of development, from pre-seed to scaling.

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