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The Toptal Finance Blog is a hub for in-depth studies and analysis on all facets of finance, ranging from innovative strategies on raising capital to detailed coverage of new finance trends and technologies.

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Remote Reinvention: Finding Your Finance Consultant Niche

by Alex Graham, CFA

How do you get started as a remote finance consultant? Finding your niche is the first step toward building a brand for a consulting venture.

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Why Tesla? Evaluating the Electric Craze

by Zachary Elfman

Tesla shares are up 60% over the past 12 months—performing relatively well even with the impacts of the coronavirus on the broader stock market (S&P 500 down ~11% over the same period). We dissect the drivers and unpack what the market is building into TSLA’s valuation.

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The Commercial Real Estate Market in 2020

by Martin Schwarzburg, MBA

Where are we now in the commercial real estate cycle? We analyze current market dynamics, risks, yield expectations, and trends to determine potential well-positioned commercial real estate investments in 2020.

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The Price Is Right – A Pricing Strategy Overview for Consumer Companies

by Natasha Ketabchi

Pricing your products appropriately is one of the keys to the success of your company. So why do entrepreneurs often treat it as an afterthought? What are some of the available pricing strategies and how should they be applied by startup entrepreneurs?

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Fatigued by the Subscription Business Model

by Alex Graham, CFA

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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Feeding the Future: An Overview of Agrifood Technology

by Francesco Castellano

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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How to Prepare a Cash Flow Statement Model That Actually Balances

by Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize

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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EdTech Industry Analysis & Trends (2020)

by Steven Southwick

Education has rapidly evolved away from the red-brick schoolhouse model. About $7.0 billion was invested globally by VC funds into the edtech market in 2019. This is expected to grow 3x over the next decade. Where is the money going? What characteristics do new competitors need to be sustainable?

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