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Toptal Insights provides thought leadership about topics central to the future of work, innovation, and distributed teams. We frequently collaborate with Toptal's enterprise team and clients, sharing exclusive perspective on emerging trends.

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Optimizing the Future of Global Humanitarian Efforts

by Toptal Research

The European and Americas winners of the Toptal Scholarship for Women are reinvigorating global humanitarian efforts by applying cutting-edge technologies to refugee relief and scientific research.

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Triggering Productive Behavior: Motivation Tips for Work

by Jordan DeVos

When productivity wanes, the most effective solution is to get motivated. However, this is easier said than done. Motives might be deep-rooted, but once uncovered, they can trigger productive behavior. Neuroscientific research links motivation to self-sustaining productivity.

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The New Millionaires: Establishing a Lucrative Freelance Career

by Toptal Research

We consulted with some of the highest earners (mid-six-figures or more) in the Toptal network on the current landscape of freelancing, traits of high-performing freelancers, and how remote talent can create lucrative freelance careers on their terms.

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Managing Cross-Cultural Communication Barriers

by Toptal Research

As teams become more culturally diverse, miscommunications are more common. Expectations and behavioral nuances differ by country, making it difficult to know what is really being said. Understanding the differences can help a team find common ground and work toward success.

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Enterprise Navigation: Design Methodologies for Stakeholder Collaboration

by Andi Omtvedt

Designing (or redesigning) an enterprise navigation system can be daunting. This design methodology provides a clear framework for leading a team through brainstorming, decision-making, and preparing for the rest of the UX design process.

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Full-stack Developer Tips from the Creator of the Redux Form Library

by Toptal Research

JavaScript and Redux expert Erik Rasmussen discusses the challenges of open-source software development, the fluctuating world of JavaScript, how he deals with imposter syndrome and burnout as an in-demand developer, and his top podcast recommendations.

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Unblocking Blockchain: Gaming Is the Tipping Point for Mass Adoption

by Toptal Research

Experts say gaming will be the first real use case for blockchain, revamping the industry and making games more immersive than ever. How gaming navigates the remaining hurdles will become a case study for other industries considering mass blockchain adoption.

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The History of Remote Work (with Infographic)

by Toptal Research

There have never been so many opportunities for the remotely-employed workforce. How did we get here? This infographic illustrates the historic moments which catalyzed the remote work revolution. From the Medici's first corporate office to the invention of cubicles and wifi to the explosion of coworking spaces, this is a comprehensive overview of the moments which paved the way.

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