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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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Fintech Valuation Methods for Money Transfer Disruptors

by Nirvikar Jain

Valuation of private fintech startups is a step-by-step process that requires a holistic assessment of macro industrial factors and micro assumptions about the startup's future prospects. Learn how to value fintech companies in a practical step-by-step manner with this working example for payments unicorn Transferwise.

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Industry Analysis and Porter’s Five Forces: A Deeper Look at Buyer Power

by Jacob Decter

In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Jacob Decter unpacks the concept of buyer power, one of the Five Forces that Michael Porter popularized in his now famous framework, providing useful insights and tips to businesses looking to stay ahead of the game and thrive.

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What Makes for a Successful Management Buyout Process?

by Tyler Cain

Buying out the business you work for and then running it yourself doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Management buyouts (MBOs) have been popular since the 1980s and when aligned correctly are appealing propositions for owners and motivated management teams.

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A Guide to Managing Foreign Exchange Risk

by Paul Ainsworth

This useful guide by Toptal Finance Expert Paul Ainsworth draws on 30+ years of experience as a CFO of large multinational companies to lay out the menu of options companies face in order to deal with foreign exchange exposure and manage risk effectively.

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C Corp vs. S Corp, Partnership, Proprietorship, and LLC: What Is the Best Business Entity?

by Scott Hoover

Choosing between the different business entity options is one of the most common questions (and frustrations) entrepreneurs face. In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Scott Hoover lays out a useful guide to help entrepreneurs think through the menu of options they face.

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How to Value a Fintech Startup

by Nirvikar Jain

Compared to traditional financial services businesses, fintech startups require different valuation approaches. This article explores these differences and the best practices to apply when appraising a fintech investment.

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What is a Down Round and How to Avoid One

by Natasha Ketabchi

Anyone vaguely familiar with the venture capital industry knows that down rounds are bad news. But what exactly are they, and why do they occur? What alternatives do founders have to avoid a down round?

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What’s Next for Equity Crowdfunding?

by Bechara Kara

Toptal Finance Expert Bechara Kara runs through the crowdfunding market’s recent milestones, highlighting some of the shortcomings that can potentially threaten crowdfunding as a tool for democratizing finance, concluding with suggestions for a balanced approach in promoting its evolution.

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