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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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How to Build Your Startup’s Financial Model to Grab Investor Interest

Hook investors with a financial model that instantly shows them what they need to know about your startup.

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Jeffrey Fidelman

Jeffrey Fidelman

A veteran of VC, Jeffrey now provides investment banking services to early- and mid-stage startups and has served as interim CFO for more than 300 companies and funds.

Remote or On-site? The Real Cost of Office Space for a Venture-backed Startup

For funder-backed startups, brick-and-mortar offices cost more than just money–they dilute founder equity.

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Erik Stettler

Erik Stettler

Erik is a co-founder of a global venture capital fund that has invested in 50 startups (raising more than $500 million) and has realized six exits. He serves as Toptal’s Chief Economist.

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Why Your Startup Pitch Needs Sensitivity Analysis

To impress risk-averse investors, you have to prove that you’re ready for whatever may come.

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Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas is a corporate strategy and FP&A expert who works with businesses to optimize their operations and execute high-priority strategic initiatives. He has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $600 million through financial modeling and pitch deck development.

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.

Advantages of Google Sheets: Why It’s Time for Finance Pros to Switch From Excel

Work is more collaborative than ever, and finance pros need a spreadsheet program that can keep up. Google Sheets is ideal for the way we work today.

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Stefan Thelin

Stefan Thelin

Stefan is the Director of Data-Driven Insights and Analytics for Cargotec, a leading provider of cargo and loading solutions. He has also served as an M&A director and a startup CFO, and led financial modeling and analysis as a leveraged finance manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

How Forensic Accounting Can Supercharge Your Financial Risk Analysis

In an increasingly volatile business environment, companies need to step up their risk management game. Forensic accounting can help spot oncoming problems before it’s too late.

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Christopher Holloway

Christopher Holloway

Christopher is a Senior Writer at Toptal with 13 years of experience researching and writing about how technology transforms sectors like banking, business, manufacturing, and healthcare. He was previously the business and technology editor at AméricaEconomíca and has developed content for Sony Pictures, Johnson & Johnson, Mini, and LATAM Airlines.

Strategic Financial Leadership: 6 Skills CFOs Need Now

Succeeding as a modern CFO is more demanding than ever before. Here are the skills you need to become a strategic partner who leverages technology and insights to drive growth and plan for the future.

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Puneet Sapra

Puneet Sapra

Puneet is a finance expert who has worked for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Pfizer, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has held CFO positions at public companies, middle-market private-equity-backed companies, and startups.

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Neil Portus | CFA, CMA

Neil is a CFO for growth companies and a former equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in NY where he helped lead numerous transactions including Zipcar's $1.1 billion IPO. He was also an equity analyst at Barclays Capital & Lehman Brothers and began his career at a boutique investment bank (M&A, restructuring, debt financings). He's built his operational skills both as a startup founder and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused impact investment firm.
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