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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Google Hack Could Have Stolen Secrets From Any iPhone Within 100 Meters

Apple’s iPhones can boast some of the highest-grade smartphone security that can foil even the best-equipped spies. But that doesn’t make them infallible to attack. A Google researcher, working on his “lockdown project,” has shown off an attack that can break into iPhones within a given boundary, possibly up to 100 meters or more.

The weaknesses were patched by Apple earlier this year, but this is the first time Google has demonstrated how the attacks would work on unpatched iPhones.

Ian Beer, a member of the Google Project Zero team dedicated to finding vulnerabilities in popular technologies, said that prior to Apple patching the weaknesses, the attacks were possible using a Raspberry Pi

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‘Dueling Dinosaurs’ fossil, hidden from science for 14 years, could finally reveal its secrets

For more than a decade, paleontologists have speculated about a single fossil that preserves skeletons of two of the world’s most famous dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. Not only are the bones arranged as they once were in life, but the dinosaurs are practically intertwined.

Each specimen is among the best of its kind ever found. Together, the pair—nicknamed the “Dueling Dinosaurs”—present a paleontological mystery: Did the beasts just happen to be entombed together by chance, perhaps as carcasses caught on the same river sandbar? Or had they been locked in mortal combat? Nobody has been able to study the fossil to find out.

The Dueling Dinosaurs fossil may represent a lethal struggle between a Triceratops and a juvenile T. rex, shown here in this artist’s reconstruction of prehistoric Montana.

Illustration by Anthony Hutchings

But that’s about to change. After years of legal battles that left the fossil locked

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Painstaking Race Against Time To Uncover Viking Ship’s Secrets

Inch by inch, they gently pick through the soil in search of thousand-year-old relics. Racing against onsetting mould yet painstakingly meticulous, archaeologists in Norway are exhuming a rare Viking ship grave in hopes of uncovering the secrets within.

Who is buried here? Under which ritual? What is left of the burial offerings? And what can they tell us about the society that lived here?

Now reduced to tiny fragments almost indistinguishable from the turf that covers it, the 20-metre (65-foot) wooden longship raises a slew of questions.

Archaeologists hunt for clues in an excavated Viking burial ship in Norway Archaeologists hunt for clues in an excavated Viking burial ship in Norway Photo: AFP / Margrethe K. H. Havgar

The team of archaeologists is rushing to solve at least some of the mystery before the structure is entirely ravaged by microscopic fungi.

It’s an exhilarating task: there hasn’t been a Viking ship to dig up in more than a century.

The last was

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Inaccessible for now, unique site may hold secrets of past — ScienceDaily

Scientists have detected what they say are the sediments of a huge ancient lake bed sealed more than a mile under the ice of northwest Greenland — the first-ever discovery of such a sub-glacial feature anywhere in the world. Apparently formed at a time when the area was ice-free but now completely frozen in, the lake bed may be hundreds of thousands or millions of years old, and contain unique fossil and chemical traces of past climates and life. Scientists consider such data vital to understanding what the Greenland ice sheet may do in coming years as climate warms, and thus the site makes a tantalizing target for drilling. A paper describing the discovery is in press at the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

“This could be an important repository of information, in a landscape that right now is totally concealed and inaccessible,” said Guy Paxman, a postdoctoral

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Five Stunning Secrets Lie Inside Apple’s MacBook Pro Launch

Apple’s third act, the mythically titled “One More Thing” is nearly here. Tim Cook and his team are set to reveal the first macOS hardware running on ARM architecture, a change that will fundamentally alter the path of the Mac. 

That’s far in the future. Let’s look ahead just a little to pick out some key moments, questions, decisions I expect from Cupertino during the launch.


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Rare ancient child burial reveals 8,000-year-old secrets of the dead — ScienceDaily

Archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a rare child burial dating back 8,000 years on Alor Island, Indonesia.

The one-of-its-kind burial for the region is from the early mid-Holocene and gives important insights into burial practices of the time.

Lead researcher Dr Sofia Samper Carro said the child, aged between four and eight, was laid to rest with some kind of ceremony.

“Ochre pigment was applied to the cheeks and forehead and an ochre-coloured cobble stone was placed under the child’s head when they were buried,” she said.

“Child burials are very rare and this complete burial is the only one from this time period,” Dr Samper Carro said.

“From 3,000 years ago to modern times, we start seeing more child burials and these are very well studied. But, with nothing from the early Holocene period, we just don’t know how people of this era treated their

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Ex-Uber exec accused of stealing company secrets in California lawsuit

  • A former senior Uber exec faces allegations he stole confidential information while serving on the board of a Californian logistics firm, before going on to launch his own freight business.
  • In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in California, Vanguard Logistics Services USA claims Fraser Robinson performed a ‘charade’ as a consultant and advisor while setting up his own firm. 
  • Robinson’s startup Beacon has been backed by tech titans like Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. 
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A former Uber executive faces allegations in a fresh lawsuit that he stole company secrets from a Californian logistics firm before launching his own startup. 

Earlier in 2020, Fraser Robinson announced he had raised $15 million in Series A funding for his logistics startup Beacon, after being backed by household names like Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. Robinson was formerly head of business for EMEA at Uber.

Founded by

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Former Uber Exec Accused Of Stealing Trade Secrets For Bezos-Backed Startup


 In another high-profile case of Silicon Valley corporate espionage, a former Uber executive on Wednesday was accused of stealing trade secrets from a California logistics company to launch Beacon, a British logistics startup that raised money from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Key Facts

Fraser Robinson, who was in charge of Uber’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 2014 to 2018, allegedly stole confidential information from California-based Vanguard Logistics Services, according to the lawsuit. 

Vanguard is owned by the Mansour family, whose investment firm is helmed by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour.

The lawsuit alleges Robinson schemed his way onto Vanguard’s board for the sole purpose of stealing trade secrets to launch his own company with another former Uber employee, Dmitri Izmailov.

Beacon, a digital freight forwarding platform,

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3 Secrets to Building a Winning Sales Culture

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Let’s hire a hotshot, expert closer, and to make sure the rest of the company helps out, let’s add “everyone sells” as a rallying cry to address our slumping sales. 

I have heard that line from so many companies struggling to generate sales. In an average organization, sales rely on the capabilities of a few skilled individuals who are rewarded for creating as many transactions as possible. They do whatever it takes to close the deal and create temporary results — temporary because they must be consistently recreated for a business to survive.

On the other hand, everyone else attempts to rise to the vague “everyone sells” call-to-action, despite being plagued by the question, “What does that mean exactly?” If sales becomes absolutely results-driven without consulting anyone else, the company will become less productive and effective.

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