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What’s Next for Equity Crowdfunding?

Toptal Finance Expert Bechara Kara runs through the crowdfunding market’s recent milestones, highlighting some of the shortcomings that can potentially threaten crowdfunding as a tool for democratizing finance, concluding with suggestions for a balanced approach in promoting its evolution.

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Bechara Kara

Bechara Kara

Bechara is a private equity professional and former investment banker, with extensive experience in corporate finance, M&A, and fundraising.

Working With Google Sheets and Apps Script

It’s easy to start working with a spreadsheet, but it also takes time to master your skills to use all the powerful features it provides. When you start feeling comfortable with formulas, functions, pivot tables, etc., there is still one more level which allows you to achieve even more—custom extensions.

In this article, I’m going to focus on extending Google Spreadsheets with a Google Apps Script that validates European Union VAT IDs via API calls.

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Wojciech Skowronek

Wojciech Skowronek

Wojciech is a full-stack web developer with 11+ years’ experience creating robust applications for mobile, desktop, and web platforms.

Using Spring Boot for OAuth2 and JWT REST Protection

REST APIs are used in every language and on every platform. Building a secure REST API is a must-have tool in every developer’s arsenal.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Java Developer Sergio Moretti shows how to secure a REST API using Spring Boot.

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Sergio Moretti

Sergio Moretti

Sergio has over a dozen years of experience developing enterprise-level applications with Java and RDBMS like Oracle, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.

The Importance of Design Education

Design education is often accused of being costly and irrelevant. But with a shift in perspective, universities don’t simply prepare students for a job, they cultivate innovation and ambition.

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Jordan DeVos

Jordan DeVos

Jordan’s expertise spans across brand strategy, service design, and UX. She works with organizations to help strengthen teams and innovate.

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.

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