Toptal Finance Blog

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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From Allbirds to Patagucci: The Ultimate Guide to Finance Fashion

by Natasha Ketabchi

Having the right look has always been important in finance. As dress codes are relaxing and the gamut of careers are expanding, what should one wear? From Allbirds to Patagucci, a style guide for financial services.

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Digital Companies and the Valuation of Intangible Assets

by Surya Krishnan

The move to a digital economy has coincided with a higher proportion of enterprise value - 84% of the S&P 500 - being derived from intangible assets, such as patents and software. Yet, accounting rules have not caught up with this shift and current disclosure practices can paint an incomplete picture for investors.

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Perfecting Private Accommodations: Airbnb vs. Expedia

by Tyler Cain

As Airbnb may soon IPO, how does it compare against more traditional businesses in the travel space? We compare it to another top company in the travel sector, Expedia, and analyze how their originally divergent strategies are slowly converging.

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Libation Frontiers: A Deep Dive into the World Wine Industry

by Zachary Elfman

The global wine industry generates $29 billion in annual revenue and is at an inflection point. Societal and taste changes are poised to bring new frontiers and opportunities to the industry.

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Forecast for Success — A Guide to Cash Management

by Paul Ainsworth

Running out of cash is one of the main reasons why startups fail. More established companies can also be affected. We outline the importance of managing cash, key metrics, and actions to improve performance.

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Treasury Is the Most Underrated Team in Your Company

by Alex Graham, CFA

Your company’s treasury team is a powerful function with the ability to influence all the levers of shareholder returns. Yet, often these teams are structured, staffed, and incentivized poorly.

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Climbing the IoT Value Chain

by Peter Wells

Impactful applications of IoT are certain to emerge in the near future. We explore how finance professionals should think of the value it can generate for their business by creating a thought framework.

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Selecting the Right Valuation Method for Pre-IPO Startups

by Bertrand Deleuse

Valuation for mature late-stage startups can be tricky: Too developed for guestimate methods, yet still without the depth of data offered by public market companies.

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