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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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Platform Business vs. Pipeline Business: How to Leverage Your Network

by Greg Barasia, CFA

Platform businesses of all kinds are hot in the startup world, but even pipeline businesses can benefit from the principles that make a platform business model successful.

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Understanding the Cybersecurity Landscape in 2021

by Melissa Lin

More than a year after the onset of COVID-19, organizations must shift from temporary stopgap measures to more robust cybersecurity strategies and technologies. Here’s how to keep your company safe.

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Crypto Exchange Wars: How Coinbase Stacks Up Against Its Rivals

by Michael J. McDonald

Coinbase is among the hundreds of cryptocurrency exchanges that have sought to fill a gap left by the mainstream, for years offering investors the only platforms for investing in Bitcoin and other tokens. However the industry has matured, and the mainstream is warming up to crypto, making the exchange business hotly contested and challenging leaders like Coinbase.

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Thinking of Using a SPAC to Go Public? Here's What to Consider

by Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

“I know more people that have a SPAC than have COVID” is a common refrain among finance professionals these days. So what’s driving the spike? Is a SPAC IPO right for your company?

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How Roblox Became One of Gaming’s Hottest Companies

by Michael J. McDonald

Roblox Corp. is an online gaming company with no history of blockbuster titles and whose biggest market is preteens. Yet, after its IPO in mid-March, the company’s value surpassed industry stalwart Electronic Arts Inc. So what’s the secret to its success?

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Hard Seltzer Industry: Unlikely to Fizzle Out

by Melissa Lin

In 1994, Coors introduced Zima, a low-ABV beverage alternative to wine coolers. Ultimately, the product flopped. Yet, today there are more than 65 hard seltzers. What dynamics are driving the booming hard seltzer market?

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A Month in the Life - Interim CFO Roles and Best Practices

by Jen Banzaca

An interim CFO has, on average, six to eight months to complete the job set forth by the company, meaning the first 30 days will be critical to accomplishing the goals for the position and setting a good long-term strategy for the company.

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Why Music Royalties Are an Attractive Asset Class

by Jimmy Stone

In the current market environment of low yields and interest rates, music royalties are an increasingly attractive asset class. Their low correlation with macroeconomic performance and high income potential have resulted in more investors taking notice of their financial potential.

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