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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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Strategies for Raising Startup Capital in Small Markets

by Brendan Fitzgerald

Raising startup capital in smaller cities is harder than in prominent areas, like Silicon Valley. Strategies for fundraising must be tweaked to account for the different blend of investors on offer.

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A Century of Pandemics - Counting the Economic Costs

by Martin Schwarzburg

What are the real financial impacts of a pandemic like COVID-19? Using data from past pandemics and recent research, we estimate the current and projected costs.

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What to Consider in a Pandemic Business Continuity Plan

by Natasha Ketabchi

How can businesses and shareholders think about ensuring their survival in an evolving pandemic? Business continuity plans have gone out of the window. How can they be adapted to survive the current situation?

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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

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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