Best Tech Manager (Washington DC) | Since forming CVP, Anirudh Kulkarni, CVP’s CEO, has worked for the past 15 years to develop the firm into one of the most innovative and fastest growing technology consulting companies in the industry. In 2017, CVP’s staff grew from 181 employees to over 300. Concurrently, CVP’s year-over-year revenue grew 51% and it has tripled its office space. In the past two years CVP’s projects have been recognized for several awards including AFCEA Industry Leader of the Year Award, two finalist projects for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards, and two consecutive FedHealthIT Innovation Awards. CVP has been on Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies” list for 8 years, and CVP and Mr. Kulkarni were recipients of the Association of Corporate Growth Award in 2018.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | Just as SoFi introduced the disruptive student loan product, they are rolling out creative ways to enable consumers to better manage their money: invest, borrow, and save.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Boston) | Payfactors is working hard to promote and encourage diversity of backgrounds and diversity of thought. We have grown our monthly "Women Talk Tech" lunches from a small group of 5 or 6 to a group of over 20 women in tech. It has been amazing to watch the program grow to include women of all ages and backgrounds, coming together to discuss the industry we all support.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley)|LeafLink currently processes an estimated 9% of all legal cannabis wholesale orders in the US. Additionally, the company focuses on developing a close-knit, collaborative corporate culture in many ways. Every month the company presents an “AcoLLade” to someone who exemplifies one of their core values (on their careers page). The company also takes a team trip to one of the states they operate in for hitting an annual company goal. The company is currently planning one of these outings for hitting a $500M sales goal. LeafLink also has a program called LeafLinkUp where employees are paired across their offices nationally to have a 30 min phone chat to get to know each other better.
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) | Neverware is the New York-based company behind the CloudReady operating system, which enables schools and businesses alike to enjoy the Chromebook experience they want on the PCs and Macs they already have. Driven by the question, “How can students, teachers and consumers get the experience of using a new, powerful computer without buying one?” - Neverware’s products turn thousands of old computers across New York City schools into powerful, usable machines. At Neverware, shoes are optional. Community and commitment are core values, but so is passion. Fun fact: CloudReady’s development is powered in large part by coffee, Diet Coke, seltzer, beer, and the cheese cubes and hummus that are critical elements of their weekly Fresh Direct order.
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Best Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) | At Quizlet, they believe investing in a diverse workforce creates a strong and innovative community and gives them a competitive advantage. Their efforts start with measurement — being able to track at every stage of the candidate experience and understanding what is working and where they are falling short.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | Red Spark values the individual, not just the work they do. Making sure their employees are happy and healthy is a top priority; ranging from catered lunches and a fully stocked kitchen along with 25 PTO days help to ensure this healthy bunch. Their team enjoys spending time in and out of the office together, whether an office event, internal lunch and learn, volunteering or a happy hour.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Boston) | AppNeta truly is one of the Best Tech Work Cultures, and it all stems from our core values -- transparency, performance, and trust.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Toronto) | Company Culture thrives at WorkTango. Each day begins with the Daily Tango, where the team aligns, shares their progress from the previous day and their focus for the current day. We include a Daily Recognition moment to say thank you to our passionate employees. On Friday evenings, the team enjoys a Friday Social, getting to know each other and celebrating work well done.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) | Reltio's team constitutes of team members from all over the world, with multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds. Reltio strongly believes that racial, ethnic and gender diversity are key to building a healthy and balanced team in this era of globalization where customers, partners and opportunities are global. This belief applies to all functions and roles in the organization at Reltio.
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GrandPad Inc. is an easy-to-use tablet computer and cloud curation service made to help seniors connect and communicate with family and friends. The GrandPad experience is both secure and simple, offering the easiest way for seniors to connect with family and friends through digital technology. This tablet is designed for the absolute beginner and includes everything, right down to curated music delivered from the cloud. The icons are easy to read and content is preloaded into the device with no setup or configuration required. The tablet is connected to the cloud via 4G LTE connectivity. This device allows seniors to send voice emails, view pictures and videos, listen to music, play games, and make video calls.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley)| Scaled Inference relies on an in house recruiter and a variety of scouting resources to pool the best talent, and start up hungry powerhouse candidates. Scaled Inference is devised (currently) of 21 “Amp’loyees”, representing 11 different countries and a team that is nearly ⅓ female, boasts 17 graduate degrees, and 2 dogs. Engineering consists of 3 teams: Frontend, Backend, and Inference. Other teams include: Marketing, People Ops and Finance. We’ve an open calendar policy and individuals can request a meeting across teams and collaborate with anyone across the company.
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Best Tech Startup (Los Angeles) | Divergent 3D is a technology development and licensing company that utilizes 3D metal printing to revolutionize manufacturing for a crowded planet—from automotive to aerospace and other engineering industries. We want to enable small teams to become a car company by eliminating capital intensity in automotive manufacturing.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) Mikko is a passionate technical leader for Vincit. He helped open and run our Helsinki office, before moving to California to build the amazing culture and high quality services offered at Vincit California. He is truly focused on creating great software and living up to the mission of Vincit: making employees and customers happier tomorrow than they are today.
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Best Tech Startup (Chicago) | ShoppingGives exists to create social impact with every purchase, having built a community of retailers and nonprofits that give back to one another through their customers and supporters. The community is created through two unique technologies: an intuitive online fundraising platform and our newest technology, Change CommerceⓇ; this technology solves three core problems facing retailers today: (1) loyalty and customer engagement, (2) creating an impact through corporate social responsibility, and (3) finding a value-add platform that enhances retailers’ ability to compete with Amazon.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | FreedomPay not only fosters collaboration and learning internally but encourages employees to stay ahead of the curve on industry best practices and market trends. Employees can attend workshops and continuing education classes as well as attain the latest technology and certifications. FreedomPay acts on the mentality that they are always learning and growing so they can be the best for their clients. The company has the utmost respect and appreciation for their employees and treats them as such.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Boston) | Curriculum Associates, an educational technology company on a mission to make classrooms better places, focuses heavily on its tech team’s growth and well-being.
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Best Tech Manager (Los Angeles) | Much of Boingo’s success can be attributed to the leadership of its Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Derek Peterson. Dr. Peterson is an exceptional leader with the outstanding ability of bringing out the best in people. His passion, varied experience, knowledge in all aspects of technology and make-it-happen attitude makes him an absolute valuable asset at Boingo Wireless—and the prime example of Best Tech Manager.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Chicago) | We foster a creative and free thinking, work hard/play hard environment by providing for employee wellbeing. As a mission-driven culture, we give back through a lot of community events like food drives and volunteer work. On a weekly basis, employees have access to holistic benefits like healthy organic food, yoga, massages and personal trainers.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Washington DC) | The environment at 540 is one where employees care about producing premium work using lean, innovative tech that disrupts the status quo. At 540 you will notice employees embodying one of their core values of always be learning. Through their recruiting process, it’s likely you will hear the hiring manager convey with gusto that it’s not what you know right now, rather what you can learn by Monday.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) | Mapbox strives to embed Diversity & Inclusion focused best practices into workflows across their organization. They believe this strategic outlook yields better hiring outcomes and inclusion effectiveness.
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Best Tech Startup (Chicago) | RhinoDox is a cloud-based, end-to-end Intelligent Content Management platform for Manufacturing companies aimed at helping front-and-mid-office teams move content into a digital world so that it is safely stored, easily found and quickly integrated into their daily processes. We focus on reducing the time these teams spend searching for and finding documents so they can spend more time growing revenue.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | As an experience design firm, Think Company works hard to design a great employee experience and overall culture for everyone on the team—including their technology discipline. Their Technology leaders intentionally address creativity, innovation, learning, and rewarding a job well done among other initiatives.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley)| HP has long been committed to diversity and creating an inclusive environment where all voices and perspectives are heard, valued, and respected. It’s embedded in our values and our culture – The HP Way. Innovation at HP springs from teams of individuals collaborating and contributing varied perspectives, knowledge, and experience to advance how the world works and lives. We are driven to create products that work for everyone, everywhere. Diverse teams create transformative solutions that better serve our customers and the communities where we work and live. To find, develop, and keep the very best people, we embrace and celebrate difference. Leadership: When Hewlett-Packard Co. separated into two new independent, publicly traded companies in November 2015 (creating Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.), Chief Human Resources Officer Tracy Keogh saw an opportunity to model HP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at the highest levels of the company. This started with creating one of the most diverse Board of Directors in the tech industry, an intentional, nine-month process that required a commitment from both CEOs and existing board members, pressure on the search firm to look broadly for diverse candidates, and strategic partnerships with affinity groups to reach a more diverse pool of candidates. It continued with assembling an Executive Leadership Team representing different genders, nationalities, and experiences. HP’s executive leadership team is 27% minority and 27% women. Women hold the roles of Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer, and interim Chief Operating Officer. In June 2017, Dion Weisler, HP President and CEO, took a pledge as part of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion on behalf of HP. This sign of public support has set the tone of our values and priorities for our leadership, employees, partners and customers. We operate a Global Diversity Advisory Board with senior leaders from across our regions, functions, and lines of business. These executives are diveristy thought leaders and advocates who are establishing strategic priorities and building teams at the business and local levels to drive progress. Across the company, diversity oversight spans our business groups who manage this via diversity councils, task force efforts and PMO’s. Strategy: Through our BIG strategy (Belong, Innovate, Grow), we are seeding the importance of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences across the company and working to minimize bias in our systems, processes, and programs – from the talent we seek to hire, to the ways we develop and grow our talent, to how we engage, communicate, and reward.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (NYC) | At Hustle, diversity and Inclusion matters. It matters in the world. It matters to Hustle’s clients and partners. It matters at Hustle. Their team engages in all their work with respect for one another, towards a shared purpose, maximizing Hustle's impact on society.
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Best Tech Work Culture (San Francisco) | At Shopkick, employees from all teams have potential to be extraordinary. Upon that foundation they’ve built a culture of innovation, encouraging participation and boosting creative confidence. They’ve made it a priority to foster an environment where their employees come to work knowing they can make an impact.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Chicago) | The cleverbridge executive and management team designed a culture of empowerment which built off the successful organizational values, attitudes and ground rules that have been in place since the founding of the company.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) | Asana is setting a precedent for other companies to follow. At Asana, diversity is not the end goal, but a means to a more inclusive, more just, and more effective workplace. In 2015, Asana hired its first Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Sonja Gittens-Ottley, to spearhead programming around D&I and Belonging.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley) | As our recruiting leader I encourage my team of 5 recruiters to pay special attention to diverse candidates and minorities. We are a diverse recruiting team ourselves, and are proud of diversity statistics. Individual Contributors - Male 57% Female 43% and Management - Male 53% Female 47% We have won awards - Comparably’s “Most Diverse” and #3 “Best Company to Work” 2018 - based on surveys of our employees. 4.7/5 rating on Glassdoor.
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Best Workplace for Diversity (Orange County) | Jabil Inc is a global company which promotes and understand the added value of diversity and inclusion. In an industry dominated by man, Jabil is proud to present a year over year growth of women representation in manufacturing, management and support roles. Our engineering teams consist a mix if genders, nationalities and religions. Those teams are the main reason why Jabil Inc is considered as one the global leaders in manufacturing automation, especially for custom applications.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) | TAPAD makes Hackathons come to life, with their most recent one on cutting their carbon footprint. They test and experiment with cutting edge tools and open-source software (GCP, Flink, AutoML, etc.), and encourage innovation upwards from engineering/data science up rather than from the top down.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | Having recognized that diversity is a pillar of this success, CMiC actively participates in global hiring practices by sourcing talent from all over the world to find the essential competencies, professional experience and demonstrated success necessary to fuel the company’s ‘innovation engine.’ CMiC believes that by leveraging Canada’s growing pool of highly skilled immigrants, it can leverage the fresh perspectives they bring to enhance our approach to creating new products, bringing them to market and deploying them in partnership with hundreds of customers.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Washington DC) | We’re a mission-driven company that brings cutting-edge technology and the latest in big data and analytics to the most challenging problems facing our military and government today. RII has invested in a brand-new, state-of-the-art office, which was featured in DC Inno’s Office Envy in late 2016. Innovation isn't just in our name, it's in our blood. Our new space includes treadmill desks, a TV lounge, built-in work booths, and a huge new engineering test lab with a 14-foot media wall.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | ZeeMee is all about giving people the freedom to do their best work. From the moment you enter the Halls of Orange, you are greeted by the bright ZeeMee industrial steel sign and the infamous gong of lore. From the candy wall for a little snackie to the giant orange bean bag for a nappy, you are getting your eat and rest on throughout the day. Though our pong game is strong, our Spike Ball game is legendary. Many a good hour has been spent on the Spike arena, aka, the parking lot. When that free lunch rolls in at noon, we huddle to rock it out on HQ. We have 4 team wins to date, amounting to a massive fortune of $33.62. We don't serve dinner or breakfast, because you need to get out of the Halls of Orange and live your life! And for the love of all that is sacred, unplug! But I digress.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diveristy (San Francisco) | The tech industry has a reputation for being historically male-dominated. As part of Skillz’s ongoing mission to address gender imbalance across the space, the company recently signed the ParityPledge – a commitment to interview at least one qualified woman for every executive opening. Skillz was not only the first eSports company to sign this pledge, but also the first in the entire gaming industry as well.
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Best Tech Startup (Chicago) | After becoming the 2009 Northwestern University Venture Challenge champion, NuCurrent has gone on to change the way that people interact with electronics (e.g. mobile phones, wearables, IoT, cars), by removing the power cord. As engineers and product managers look to build in wireless power capabilities into their products (from mobile phones, wearables, IoT to cars), they’re continuing to turn to NuCurrent because we provide certainty and clarity on getting their products to market with superior wireless power performance, faster time-to-market, and cost-effectively. We not only help customers get their wireless power-enabled products to market quickly but win in their markets by giving them a competitive advantage in wireless power.
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Best Tech Manager (Boston) | Gwen engages with the entire upstream and downstream teams outside of UX and works with PM, ENG, and others to foster relationships that build influence and impact.
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Best Tech Manager (NYC) | Manny is an excellent manager and colleague who is able to balance complex technological issues, team dynamics and client requests. He executes with a very positive spirit, humor respect for the whole company and strong technical know-how. This attitude is felt throughout the technical teams and helps making this a great company to work at. He helps his team to grow by coaching, sharing experience and giving his team time and space to work on innovation projects.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | OverOps is disrupting IT operations and the software delivery supply chain by equipping development and DevOps teams with unprecedented insight into the functional quality of applications to help them ensure software reliability and avoid costly downtime.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Chicago) | Digital Authority Partners brings next-gen digital transformation to healthcare, financial services and government organizations. Through bold insights and innovative problem solving, we help these organizations reimagine their business and adapt for the Digital Age. Innovation lies at the core of DAP — from how we approach problems to how we hire. We go beyond the resume to find employees that are as diverse in their thinking as they are in their backgrounds, all with the singular goal of building a world-class team that delivers game-changing solutions for our clients. To us, diversity is more than race, gender or age. It’s about different backgrounds. Different skills. Different ways of solving problems. It’s about hiring people who don’t necessarily think or act like us, but who have the passion, potential and drive to help our company think differently, and deliver exceptional results.
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Best Tech Startup (Philadelphia) | Asset-Map remains a visually engaging DOL-compliant sales tool for advisors, going above and beyond the recently outlined regulations. The platform visually facilitates meaningful financial conversations and illustrates a client’s complete financial landscape in a simple, 1-page snapshot.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Boston) | The Pega technology organization, which includes our global engineering teams, has a holistic approach to creativity, innovation, and recognition – these concepts are, by their nature, interconnected.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Boston) | At Ellevation, we believe that diversity is an essential ingredient for success. We won the 2017 Timmy Award for Best Tech Workplace for Diversity, but we knew there was a lot more that we could still do. Over the last year, we almost doubled the number of employees working at Ellevation, and through this expansion continued to make diversity a priority.
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Best Tech Startup (Orange County) | Blast makes hard things easy and boring things fun by helping gamers micro-earn and micro-save money in the background of their favorite games. Blast has brought the gaming community closer to the company's goal of educating and accelerating savings for everyone – simply by doing what they already love to do! Blast’s goal is to make savings so exciting and rewarding that more people will be encouraged to start saving early.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) | Everyone at Viventium plays a major role in driving the bus. Developers constantly recommend their own UI/UX modifications to the system and are encouraged to design new features as they see fit. Every two weeks, at least one developer is working on improving an area in the system that he/she discovered to be problematic or outdated. This shared passion for improvement keeps the software as up-to-date as can be.
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Best Tech Manager (Toronto) | Sean, Senior R&D Architect and Lead Engineer at Mapsted, actively promotes and encourages professional growth by showing his team that he cares about their progress and future, thus inspiring loyalty and trust. Through the cross-training of employees, Sean engages and shows his team how to value their work enough to give them additional opportunities towards career advancements. It makes good business sense to develop and enable employees to perform a variety of roles, especially in a start-up environment and Sean clearly understands this concept.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Manju is a steadfast advocate in investing in our professional development. He advocates and encourages lateral moves (in terms of encouraging us to broaden our skillset) in addition to championing his team for more senior roles that open within the company. He allows for flexibility in progress, that factors in an employee’s personal desires and current life circumstances, and provides great situational leadership by providing ether ample leeway or hand holding depending on the team member’s preferred management style and their subject matter knowledge.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Los Angeles) | RapportBoost.AI is the leader in applying artificial intelligence to optimize live chat conversations in order to drive dramatic and sustained improvements in conversion rate, order size, customer satisfaction, renewal rate, average handle time, first contact resolution rate, agent retention and happiness and other critical contact center metrics. The company seeks out ethnically diverse employees and partners that can help bridge cultural divides and provide greater insight into its machine learning algorithms.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Los Angeles) | Creating a diverse workplace is multifaceted. We’ve implemented ways to encourage diversity of thought & empower team members to come up with alternative ways of doing things. We also survey employees on a quarterly basis to ensure that we are keeping our finger on the pulse and inspire diversity through anonymity for those who don’t feel comfortable speaking up on company practices.
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Best Tech Manager (Chicago) | Jessica DeJong is an incredibly deserving recipient of the Best Tech Manager award, not only because of her own professional accomplishments, but also because of the way she leads and cultivates her team of front-end developers and designers at One North. As One North has grown and evolved, a need emerged to bridge the gap between creative and strategic services and technology teams internally. Jessica took a leap of faith and dove into the role of managing a team of front-end developers and designers, creating a new team, interaction design, that has become an incredible source of innovation, creativity and a driver of culture and collaboration.
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