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Smartsheet is the world’s leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work. Over 65,000 brands, and millions of information workers, trust Smartsheet to help them accelerate business execution and address the volume and velocity of today’s collaborative work.
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Be a part of Seattle’s tech boom! Northeastern University – the global, experiential, research university – is right in our backyard! The Seattle campus is Washington State’s first private research university and its portfolio of online and hybrid graduate degree and certificate programs include computer science, bioinformatics, global studies, and project management. Learn more about their graduate degrees, tech boot camps and one-of-a-kind ALIGN program for those with a non-science background.
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Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university and law school located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.
Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.
Over a half-century ago, a few astute people at Hewlett-Packard and Tektronix had a vision to strengthen financial futures. They saw the potential of uniting human dedication and technological innovation for a greater good. That’s the heart of First Tech Federal Credit Union.
What our founders recognized many years ago still holds true today. People within technology-driven companies are wired differently. Their passion for innovation has revolutionized the world, and they’re making tomorrow’s dreams a reality today. They also have unique financial needs that traditional banks simply can’t address.
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Sirqul™ provides an Engagement-as-a-Service IoT Platform with Smart Mesh network technology to drive engagement, operational efficiency, rapid innovation and new revenue streams. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Sirqul is led by Robert Frederick, technical founder of Amazon’s first forays into Secure Mobile Commerce (Amazon Anywhere) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). At the foundation of Sirqul’s platform are 70 APIs and seven customizable white-label vertical industry solution templates for rapid deployment on a building block approach. Sirqul is – device, protocol, and cloud agnostic – fostering an interoperable system for building future-proof solutions for retail, auto, cities, buildings, industrial, entertainment and more.
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At Level 11, we employ design thinking to invent new brand experiences. Our focus on the practice of Digital Transformation has led us to our Experience Design Engineering™ (XDE™) methodology. Using our XDE™ methodology, we fundamentally change the way consumers engage, experience, and interact with your brand across every touchpoint in your connected ecosystem — physical, digital, in-store, online, mobile, wearable, Internet of Things — across the lifecycle of your customers.
In our role as Experience Design Engineers™, we fundamentally imagine new experiences. We redesign the interactions across these touchpoints beginning with the planning of your customers’ engagement with your brand to intentionally building new experiences as they arrive at your storefront. Whether it’s brick-and-mortar or online, we create ecosystems that enable new personalized engagements that immerse consumers in your transformative environments and create the insatiable hunger to return for more experiences with your brand.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. The firm represents companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them.
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