Deloitte Fast 500: CEOs of Seattle’s fastest growing companies share their secrets of success

Innovation is more critical now than ever. It is not simply a matter of the latest technology or trend but rather about solving human problems, of which there’s no shortage these days. From income inequality to COVID-19 to social injustice, this is indeed a time of disruption, the perfect theater for innovative ideas and solutions to take center stage. 

Our region has a long history of innovation. The first backpack, online bookstore, kidney dialysis machines, vinyl records, and only one of two states to pass board diversity legislation: these are just a few innovations that the Pacific Northwest region has pioneered over many years. 

It is perhaps due to this rich tradition of combined technological innovation and social progress that makes the future of the Pacific Northwest even more promising. Emerging growth companies, a bright spot in our economy, are popping up by the dozens and remain a driving force

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Watch Live: Facebook and Twitter CEOs face Senate questions on election measures

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on their companies’ actions around the 2020 presidential election.The two social media leaders are expected to testify via video at the hearing, titled, “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election.”

Zuckerberg and Dorsey promised lawmakers last month they would aggressively guard their platforms from being manipulated by foreign governments or used to incite violence around the election results — and they followed through with high-profile steps that angered President Donald Trump and his supporters.   


How to watch Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey testify


Twitter and Facebook have both slapped a misinformation label on some content from Mr. Trump, most notably his assertions linking voting by mail to fraud. On Monday, Twitter flagged Mr. Trump’s tweet proclaiming “I won the Election!” with this note: “Official sources

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Facebook, Twitter CEOs To Testify In Congress Again Today

On Tuesday at 10am ET, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before a Senate Judiciary Hearing to once again answer questions about how they moderate content on their sites.

Both parties agree that

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Tech CEOs to face bitter and bitterly divided Congress over election posts

Republicans have skewered the social media companies in recent weeks for cracking down on false and misleading election-related claims by President Donald Trump and his allies, reiterating allegations that Silicon Valley is biased against conservatives. Democrats, meanwhile, have criticized the tech titans for not doing more to limit the spread of political disinformation by the president and others that’s increasingly rooted domestically.

Lawmakers plan to use Tuesday’s hearing to solidify those positions.

“I want to focus on making certain that they don’t choose winners and losers in 2022, 2024 … These guys have got to realize that they are not God and they have no right to be blocking someone’s free speech,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Monday, referring to actions the companies took to limit the spread of false and misleading statements by Trump and his allies.

Democrats plan to hammer the companies for not taking more actions against

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Twitter and Facebook CEOs to testify on alleged anti-conservative bias

The chief executive officers of Twitter and Facebook are taking the stand Tuesday to testify, again, about allegations of anti-conservative bias on their platforms.



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Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey were subpoenaed in October to appear at Tuesday’s hearing with the Senate judiciary committee in order to “review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election”.

Republican lawmakers frequently allege censorship of conservative views, but this particular hearing was called in response to the companies’ handling of a New York Post article about Joe Biden.

When the story was published in October, Twitter took unprecedented steps to limit its circulation, blocking users from posting links or photos of the report. At the time, Twitter said the measures were taken due to “the origins of the materials” included in the article, which were allegedly pulled from a computer that had been left by

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Biden holds joint meeting with union leaders and CEOs of major retail, auto and tech companies

  • President-elect Joe Biden hosted a joint meeting Monday with labor union leaders and the chief executives of major tech, retail and auto companies.
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft president and CEO Satya Nadella, Target chairman and chief executive Brian Cornell and Sonia Syngal, the CEO of Gap, all attended the virtual meeting.
  • Biden said later that he told the CEOs, “I want you to know I’m a union guy.”

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The business leaders at the virtual meeting were General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Microsoft president and CEO Satya Nadella, Target chairman and chief executive Brian Cornell and Sonia Syngal, CEO of Gap.

Biden said later that he

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Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before the Senate: How to watch Tuesday

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are becoming regulars at Congress.


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are becoming familiar faces on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, the pair of social media bosses are scheduled to visit with senators to discuss how they make choices when monitoring content on their sites.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was called after Republicans demanded the CEOs explain why they limited the spread of a New York Post article that suggested unproven improprieties involving President-elect Joe Biden’s son. (Biden representatives have challenged the article’s content.) The social networks’ actions raised questions about how they fact check political content.

The virtual hearing marks the second time Zuckerberg and Dorsey are to appear before lawmakers in less than a

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San Francisco voters approve new taxes for wealthy CEOs and tech companies | US news

In an effort to address economic disparity laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved several tax measures targeting property owners and big businesses with CEOs paid far higher than their average workers.

Under the new law, any company whose top executive earns 100 times more than their average worker will pay an extra 0.1% surcharge on its annual business tax payment. If a CEO makes 200 times more than the average employee, the surcharge increases to 0.2%; 300 times gets a 0.3% surcharge and so on.

Voters also agreed to sweeping business tax changes that will lead to a higher tax rate for many tech companies, and a higher transfer tax on property sales valued between $10m and $25m.

“We’re not gonna shed any tears if penthouse dwellers have to cough up,” the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters wrote in its voter guide.

The

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Senate Republicans accuse tech CEOs of anti-conservative bias in hearing on ’26 words that created the internet’

WASHINGTON – With Election Day less than a week away, the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter on Tuesday appeared virtually before a Senate panel where lawmakers grilled them over their influence in the election and a once-obscure law that has drawn criticism from Republicans and Democrats.

At the heart of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing was Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a short provision in a 1996 law that has been called “the 26 words that created the internet.”

The provision gives tech companies two powerful tools: a “shield” that protects them from liability for content posted on their platforms and a “sword” that allows them to remove any content they find “objectionable,” a definition that gives them broad authority to remove even material a court may consider protected speech. Senators of both parties think it’s time for that to change.

“After 24 years of Section 230

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Sen. Schatz calls Senate’s Section 230 hearing with tech CEOs a ‘sham’

  • Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii said Wednesday’s Senate hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai was a “sham.”
  • Instead of asking the tech CEOs a single question, he used his time to accuse Republicans of politicizing Section 230 protections.
  • “For the first time in eight years in the United States Senate, I’m not going to use my time to ask any questions because this is nonsense, and it’s not going to work this time,” Schatz said.
  • The discussion around tech platforms and the Section 230 protections they enjoy has become heavily politicized as Democrats say the protections allow the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation on online platforms.
  • Republicans say Section 230 should be revised to leave tech firms with less power and often accuse the companies of being biased against the right and censoring conservative content.
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Democratic Sen. Brian

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