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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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Financial Modeling Case Study: OOVA

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

Amy Divaraniya, CEO and co-founder of OOVA, created a product she knew the market needed. Yet, while she was pitching investors trying to close her seed round, she found that the financial projections needed a fresh pair of eyes.

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Building the Next Big Thing – A Guide to Business Idea Development

by Brendan Fitzgerald

Business idea development for new venture concepts is a mixture of art and science. There are playbooks to follow that ensure ideas are validated objectively to ensure financial and opportunity cost risks are minimized.

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Starting an App Business the Right Way

by Natasha Ketabchi

Building an app-based business can be a daunting project: Within such a competitive space, how can you make your app stand out, attract and retain the right audience, and then monetize it?

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Quality of Earnings: A Key Pillar of Financial Due Diligence

by Saveen Kumar

Financial due diligence is the process of making sure the price of an asset is in line with its operating performance “under the hood.” Assessing the quality of earnings is one of its key tests: How sustainable is the business’ reported financial performance?

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Building a Business Continuity Plan

by Jeffrey Fidelman

When a disaster interrupts your business operations, a well-thought-out continuity plan can help keep your business afloat. Here are five steps you can take to protect your company from becoming one of the 40% of businesses that close up for good in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: What Is It and What Happens Next?

by Jeff Anapolsky

Bankruptcy is a high-stakes game for creditors and debtors. Understanding the process steps of a Chapter 11 reorganization is critical for related parties looking to protect their interests.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Building an Accurate Financial Model

by Hudson Cashdan

Many financial models fail because they rely on optimistic assumptions and ignore the risks presented by uncertain variables. This six-step guide illustrates how to avoid these pitfalls and develop practical, accurate financial models to inform your decision-making.

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Reorganizing for Survival: Building Scenarios

by Natasha Ketabchi

In the “new normal,” how should business leaders ensure that their business is well-equipped to survive and then thrive? Scenario analysis is a handy tool: How are scenarios built and translated into financial projections?

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