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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2 startups disrupting firms like McKinsey and Deloitte

  • Management consulting firms like the Big 3 and accounting firms like the Big 4 continue to dominate the multi-trillion-dollar professional services industry.
  • But technology poses a threat to these behemoths, and there’s an opportunity for innovative startups to disrupt the industry.
  • Business Insider spoke with the founders of two startups — Wonder and Vic.ai — and their investors about how their companies are shaking up the traditional consulting and accounting industries.
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Management consulting firms and accounting firms have for decades cemented themselves as important players in the business world due to their expertise, prestige, and size.

But technology is threatening to disrupt the professional services industry’s status quo, according to an October report from CB Insights, as innovations in information, expertise, insight, and execution threaten firms’ traditional way of doing business — and the high price tags their work commands.

Two startups, Wonder

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