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Training our future leaders: Teens learn to be innovative by tackling urban living challenges

Some of the ideas pitched on the third floor of Synapse’s office in downtown Seattle last week sounded like they came from seasoned entrepreneurs. An affordable apartment living complex made from recycled shipping containers. A mobile app designed for tourists that gamified the experience of visiting Seattle’s landmarks and local attractions. A relaxation room equipped… Read More

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These high school entrepreneurs built an iPhone case that calls emergency services with a squeeze

Most entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of starting a company in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. But for 31 Seattle-area teenagers, lessons of idea creation, execution, and teamwork came a little bit early. For the fifth consecutive year, a group called TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Seattle helped mentor more than 30 high schoolers who spent the past eight… Read More

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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

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Mad Money’s Jim Cramer chats with Concur CEO Steve Singh: ‘This company will dominate’

Even though Concur beat expectations with its Q1 financials, shares of the Bellevue-based travel expense company dipped on Wednesday by more than 10 percent. But not to worry, says Jim Cramer. The brash and bold-talking stock picker invited Concur CEO Steve Singh onto his CNBC show on Thursday and expressed optimism in the company’s value, despite the… Read More

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Can technology end homelessness? These Seattle entrepreneurs are aiming to solve the problem

At the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood exists a unique juxtaposition. Inside a two-story brick building is the Impact Hub co-working space and business incubator, a place where entrepreneurs are busily working on ideas to improve the world we live in. But walk outside the Impact Hub’s doors, and you’ll enter an entirely different world. Homelessness. Drugs. Violence…. Read More

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Concur CEO Steve Singh: Startup success is entirely driven by culture

There are lots of ingredients to startup success, but for Concur CEO Steve Singh, one rises above them all. Speaking at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s “Entrepreneur University” on Friday in Seattle, Singh said that company culture is the most important aspect of startup that founders must think about. “Not only is company culture everything, but your success… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: Steve Singh guides Concur to new heights

Concur Technologies doesn’t get as much attention as its publicly-traded Seattle area counterparts. After all, filling out travel and entertainment expense reports typically ranks right behind going to the dentist. But Concur’s technology, which helps automate expenses at hundreds of companies throughout the world, is getting some serious traction as it enters its 20th year… Read More

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Microsoft’s ‘demoralizing’ stack ranking system; and other comments of the week

The 4th of July brought another beautiful patriotic display over Seattle’s South Lake Union. But those weren’t the only fireworks going on in the city. Microsoft’s employee ranking system (and the company itself) came under direct fire after Kurt Eichenwald, a two-time winner of the prestigious George Polk Award, penned an article for Vanity Fair titled… Read More

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Newly-formed W Fund to pump $20M into university spinouts

Washington’s startup community is getting yet another shot in the arm, thanks to the efforts of a newly-formed venture capital firm whose goal is to mine universities and research institutions for the state’s very best business ideas. The University of Washington’s W Fund is launching today with about $20 million from private industry, leading venture… Read More

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Shares of Concur rise after revenues beat expectations

Concur, the Redmond maker of travel and entertainment expense management software, today reported a 28 percent increase in revenue, to $108.4 million, for its fiscal second quarter ended March 31. Non-GAAP net income came in at $18.5 million. CEO Steve Singh called the results “exceptionally strong,” leading the company to raise its outlook for revenue and… Read More