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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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Feeding the Future: An Overview of the Agrifood Industry

by Francesco Castellano

The amount of money pouring into Agrifood tech has increased more than sixfold since 2012: from $3 billion to almost $18 billion. In the first part of this series, we examine the three changing conditions making this field ripe for innovation and analyze emerging technologies.

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Human vs. Machine: The Next Frontier of Wealth Management

by Ankur Chandra

Since the introduction of index funds in the 1970s, the investment management industry has embraced the use of software to enhance its decision-making. With robo-advisors reaching further prominence, will machines replace humans in the world of wealth management?

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Bringing an Outsourced Finance Team In-house: A Case Study

by James Hamory

LendEDU, a Y Combinator-backed startup, spent more than $50,000 on its outsourced finance department to create professional monthly financial statements. There was just one problem—they couldn’t trust the numbers.

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Imperfect Harmony: An Overview of SoundCloud vs. Spotify

by Natasha Ketabchi

Not many industries have undergone the same level of transformation as the music industry - technology has changed every facet of the industry. File streaming has been nothing short of a revolution. What can be learned from Spotify vs. SoundCloud?

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Are Million-dollar Markets Better Than Billion-dollar Markets?

by Aaron Chockla

Entrepreneurs have been hardcoded to aim at billion-dollar sized markets with their solutions. However, such lucrative markets will appeal to many others and thus, are hard to succeed in. Going after smaller market sizes may be the more logical path to success.

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Doing Business in the European Union

by Paul Ainsworth

The EU economy is worth $15.5 trillion, 24 million companies operate within it, and there are 300 million online shoppers. Is this a market you should be in? If so, how do you serve the EU market while balancing customer service, cost, and complexity?

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How to Approach Financial Data Visualization

by Archil Lursmanashvili (FMVA)

Looking to make your financial models more effective with better data visualization? Design principles can be effective tools in corporate decision-making.

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Unwrapping the Mysteries of Brand Valuation

by Greg Barasia, CFA

Brand value is the value a business can sell an item above the price that the supply/demand curve dictates. This value is embedded into the company’s share price but can be uncovered using PEG analysis.

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