Irina Papuc

My name is Irina Papuc. I am the Head of Outreach at Toptal, a Silicon Valley Startup that serves as a network of the top 3% of web developers and designers that function remotely around the world.

  • Calculate the Real Cost of Employees and Consultants

    REAL EMPLOYEE COST CALCULATOR This calculator is based on the cost accounting methodology detailed in the article below. Use the calculator below to compare the real costs of contractors vs. employees, based on their salaries and hourly rates. Annual Comparison of Real Costs (cumulative by month)Consult…Employee123456789101112$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000MonthsReal Cost (Cumulative) Months Consultant Employee 1 14,560 15,754 2 […]

  • Celebrating 25 Years of Linux Open Source Development

    Linux is now 25 years old, but it’s no hipster. It’s not chasing around Pokemon, and it’s not moving back in with its parents due to crippling student debt. In fact, Linux is still growing and evolving, but the core ideas of the Linux State of Mind remain the same. You see, Linux is much […]

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  • Spectacular Crowdfunding Fails And Their Impact On Entrepreneurship

    Before I proceed, let me make it absolutely clear that I have nothing against crowdfunding. I believe the basic principle behind crowdfunding is sound, and, in a perfect world, it would boost innovation and provide talented, creative people with an opportunity to turn their dreams into reality. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, and […]

  • Social Network APIs: The Internet’s Portal to the Real World

    Social network APIs have come a long way since Google released the first version of its YouTube API in May 2008 and Facebook released the first version of the Graph API in April 2010. Today, these APIs give you the opportunity to query social network platforms for posts, users, channels, and demographic data. They even […]

  • Biometric Security – The Key To Passwordless Authentication Or A Fad?

    Passwordless authentication has been the Holy Grail of security for years, but progress has been painfully slow. This does not mean that huge strides have not been made, but unfortunately, most of these developments have been relegated to research labs or professional niches. Until a few years ago, the technology to implement passwordless authentication on […]

  • Bitcoin and Beyond : A Closer Look at Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin created a lot of buzz on the Internet. It was ridiculed, it was attacked, and eventually it was accepted and became a part of our lives. However, Bitcoin is not alone. At this moment, there are over 700 AltCoinimplementations, which use similar principles of CryptoCurrency. So, what do you need to create something like […]

  • Blockchain Technology Explained: Powering Bitcoin

    Microsoft recently became the latest big name to officially associate with Bitcoin, the decentralized virtual currency. However, the Redmond company did not go all out, and will only support bitcoin payments on certain content platforms, making up a tiny fraction of its business. What’s The Big Deal With Bitcoin? Like most good stories, the bitcoin […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens Review – Bridging The Gap Between AR And VR

    Microsoft has a long tradition of spicing up relatively dull product announcements with compelling tech demos, and the Windows 10 announcement was no exception. The software giant used the opportunity to create a fair amount of buzz about the HoloLens, a futuristic headset that offers a glimpse into the future of Augmented Reality (AR). However, […]

  • Google Cardboard Overview: VR On The Cheap

    Imagine if you will, standing on the surface of the moon, overlooking a crater from your lunar rover, listening to mission control chatter. Or don’t. Instead of imagining it, just order a cheap Google Cardboard VR set instead, stick your phone in it, and start exploring the solar system, museums, tourist spots, coral reefs and […]