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Sustainable Success: A Framework for Optimizing Profit

Conventional profit optimization methods could cause your company to miss out on opportunities to grow. This four-step approach will help your business make the most of its strengths to boost margins for years to come.

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Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas is a corporate strategy and FP&A expert who works with businesses to optimize their operations and execute high-priority strategic initiatives. He has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $600 million.

What Designing Formula 1 Cars Can Teach You About Corporate Strategy

Whether you need to fix a roadblock or test a new idea, these insights from a former Formula 1 engineer can help speed your success.

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Isaac Prada y Nogueira

Isaac Prada y Nogueira

Isaac is a management consultant, CEO, and CTO with deep expertise in electrical and automotive engineering currently focusing on AI, blockchain, and crypto projects. Applying the management methods he learned as a Formula 1 engineer for Alpine, he now helps tech startups and SMBs optimize their growth and innovation strategies and increase revenue.

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The Financial Implications of Using AI in Marketing

Scarce funding is squeezing startup budgets, leading to smaller allocations for essential marketing functions such as web analytics, SEO, and email outreach. Discover how AI can enable companies to perform these tasks at significantly lower costs.

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Asset Mendesh

Asset Mendesh

Asset is a digital performance marketer who specializes in B2B lead generation and digital strategy. He has led successful marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and a range of startups, and has managed budgets of more than $600,000. He holds a bachelor’s in economics and business, and a master’s in strategic marketing from Imperial College Business School in London.

From Startup to Success: Mastering Business Controls for Growth

It’s a mistake to believe that internal controls are the enemy of growth. Learn how to design smart checks and balances that manage risk while positioning your company to thrive.

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Brian Nichol

Brian Nichol

Brian is a seasoned finance leader who transitioned from the enterprise world to head up finance operations for numerous startups—including his own. Leveraging his expertise as a KPMG-qualified auditor, he has also led fraud and risk analyses for businesses of every size.

Going Global: A Financial Guide for International Expansion

Offshoring can help a company reduce overhead and minimize fixed costs. Whether you’re looking to open an overseas branch or outsource to cross-border contractors, here’s what you need to consider.

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Ekaterine (Kate) Papiashvili, ACCA, FMVA

Ekaterine (Kate) Papiashvili, ACCA, FMVA

Kate is an expert in FP&A, financial modeling, budgeting, and financial reporting, as well as an experienced fractional CFO. Previously, she worked at the largest bank in Georgia and at Georgia Capital, an FTSE 250 investment holding company with a turnover of more than $400 million.

C Corp, S Corp, LLC? Finding the Best Fit for Your New Business

Figuring out what type of business entity matches your new company’s needs is challenging. Choose wrong, and you could find yourself unable to grow your company the way you want to. Toptal finance expert Scott Hoover, a seasoned CPA and interim CFO, shows how to make the right decision.

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Scott Hoover

Scott Hoover

Scott is a seasoned CPA and interim CFO who has helped clients achieve financial clarity in a wide range of industries. He specializes in high-level monthly financial oversight, accounting software projects, and corporate tax planning.

How to Build Your Startup’s Financial Model to Grab Investor Interest

Hook investors with a financial model that instantly shows them what they need to know about your startup.

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Jeffrey Fidelman

Jeffrey Fidelman

A veteran of VC, Jeffrey now provides investment banking services to early- and mid-stage startups and has served as interim CFO for more than 300 companies and funds.

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Neil Portus | CFA, CMA

Neil is a CFO for growth companies and a former equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in NY where he helped lead numerous transactions including Zipcar's $1.1 billion IPO. He was also an equity analyst at Barclays Capital & Lehman Brothers and began his career at a boutique investment bank (M&A, restructuring, debt financings). He's built his operational skills both as a startup founder and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused impact investment firm.
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