Best Tech Work Culture (Washington DC) | Upskill proudly fosters innovation by creating an environment where everyone has a voice -- solutions and ideas can come from anyone, anywhere within the organization. Ou recent move to an open office space (“town hall” format) is a testament to our commitment to teamwork and collaboration. We have always believed in providing employees with rich benefits and a flexible environment that empowers them to make their own decisions for how they do work. The operative word here is “flexible.”
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Best Workplace for Diversity (NYC) | Amplicare is a leading decision-automation healthcare platform that intelligently identifies relevant opportunities for healthcare providers to proactively improve patient care. Driven by the need to overcome healthcare obstacles, Amplicare is responsible for innovating the Medicare industry over the years.
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Best Tech Startup (Washington DC) | MarginEdge is changing the way restaurants do business. We are the first solution for restaurants that combines paperless invoice processing with Point of Sale and Accounting software integrations. For restaurateurs, this means never having to manually enter an invoice or sales data into an accounting system again. Our technology is as disruptive to the marketplace as mobile check depositing has been for banks (when was the last time you went into a bank branch?!).
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | PromptWorks provides a welcoming and engaging workplace that facilitates a dynamic, challenging learning environment where consultants can develop their craft and their careers.
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Best Tech Manager (Chicago) | Sam oversees the entire Production department at Jellyvision: 53 people. Not only does she inspire those 53 people to do the nigh impossible, year after year, but she’s made it her goal to help them climb the ranks of the department, from Production Associate to Production Specialist, from Senior Production Specialist to Production Manager. Sam leads her reports to build great software, and she builds up her reports to lead great careers.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Roman Kisin is Parley Pro’s CTO and leads the product development team. He is a great tech leader not only because he has the technical chops, but because he truly believes that everyone on his team is great. Roman come to work every day with a positive outlook and passes his contagious attitude to his team.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | We had an idea - to lower the ceiling of classic aircraft and give freedom in this plane. We give people the freedom that they have always dreamed of - freedom to fly. Thanks to personal drones, it became available and very convenient. Our mission is flight for everyone. Today. Freedom without traffic jams and traffic lights. Imagine - tomorrow, flying cars will transport people. More and more companies are presenting their prototypes. Experts confirm that this incredible picture is very close, only 3-5 years. We do what we do, for the sake of what we believe. We do not forget who we are - explorers, pioneers. We always looked up to the sky and there we were looking for our place among the stars. We will prove to everyone that there are still dreamers who will not stop at anything! The revolutionary Venturi engine technology allowed us to get rid of the propellers, which so frightened people. What is the problem for all personal drones? They need a lot of space to take off and land. We are innovators, we find non-traditional approaches. We came up with a revolutionary Venturi engine and a hybrid aircraft design that combines the aircraft and the copter without a transient mode! These technologies will allow you to see the future today!
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Los Angeles) | Laserfiche believes in being the best by working with the best, which has helped the organization pivot from the traditional hiring practices of most major technology companies and hone in on what matters most: talent, skill and willingness to learn.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | At Astound, we believe work can and should be better. We hate that most people cringe at the thought of calling the support desk and we want to change that. We’ve developed an AI platform for employee service that automates the resolution of routine service issues like password resets, application configuration, and network outages, saving time and headaches on both sides of the support desk. With Astound, service requests get resolved faster and employees have more time to focus on the work that matters. We announced our launch and $11.5M Series A in early 2018. We’re proud to count some of the world’s leading organizations like McDonald’s and adidas as customers. Co-founded by two serial entrepreneurs, Naghi Prasad and Dan Turchin truly represent what’s great about our product - enterprise AI mastery and employee service domain expertise. Naghi and Dan have fostered a culture that challenges employees to do the best work of their career, discover better ways to build things, and make a lasting impact on the way people work. One IT expert recently compared AI-driven automation for employee service to the introduction of the ATM for personal banking. The ATM freed up tellers to focus on more high-value work. It also gave consumers access to routine banking services 24-7, virtually anywhere across the world. Astound is transforming employee service with AI-driven automation. We’re an early leader in a multi-billion dollar market. And we’re just getting started.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) |Founded as a resource to help working mothers achieve work-life balance, Zūm was born out of an idea for better, more equitable future. Zūm’s CEO and co-founder, Ritu Narayan, is a working mother herself and faced a choice after moving to Silicon Valley: she juggled caring for her family and working a demanding career managing $1billion+ of eCommerce at eBay. Rather than sacrifice quality work or family time, Ritu founded a company to solve a major childcare issue parents face: safe, reliable transportation. Together, Ritu and her employees are on a mission to improve the lives of busy working moms through social innovation, transportation expertise and technology. Not only are they helping women (and men, too) safely and efficiently get their children from various places throughout the day, they are empowering parents to achieve their professional and personal goals while creating a wonderful life for their families. Not only does Zūm’s leadership team and employees have one foot in the future, but the company also employs forward-thinking drivers, or Zūmers. It’s creating jobs for parents and other professionals, like teachers, nurses, etc., who want a flexible schedule and to earn extra income. Ritu’s mission-based company is helping parents pursue their passions while keeping their kids engaged and is also offering unique and flexible career opportunities for people around the country. Finally, the service inspires a sense of independence for the children who use it, and helps them to pursue extracurricular opportunities that may have not been previously available due to logistics. In effect, Zūm is fostering the next generation of forward-thinking leaders as well.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) |One of MyVest’s key tenets is “People Matter,” something they take very seriously. MyVestors, as they affectionately refer to their team members, are so much more than just organizational resources — they’re an indispensable part of their success. And they are incredibly proud of the “virtuous cycle” they have created here at MyVest, in which their naturally diverse workforce continually attracts an equally diverse talent pool.
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Best Tech Startup (Orange County) |Digital2Go, a tech startup in Irvine, CA is disrupting the data marketplace as the world's first tokenized data management platform. Digital2Go's integration on the blockchain platform makes it the first location-based platform to utilize the technology. By leveraging location, context, and consumer behaviors, Digital2Go helps brands, agencies, and data partners bring a more personalized and relevant mobile experience to consumers in a way that drives usage, retention, and new ad revenue.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (San Francisco) | Optimity has taken a strategic approach when it comes to hiring, they have a wide variety of employees that vary in age, race and in experience. Optimity believes that when mixing different individuals into one team, they become a powerhouse of strategic new ideas, that are backed and supported by individuals who have extensive industry knowledge to help steer the new idea from our junior employees.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Washington DC) | GRIMM is an engineering and consulting firm that researches, develops and advises on the art of the possible in cybersecurity. This is accomplished by building a team with diverse technical backgrounds from government, industry, academia and public policy. GRIMM’s team members collaborate across projects and are also free to pursue their unique areas of professional interest which underscores the company’s dedication to innovation, research and advanced problem solving.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | HomeLight was created in 2012 by its founder after having a terrible buying experience in the Bay Area. He realized there was a need to streamline and optimize what is for some the biggest investment they will make in their lives, buying a home. The company doubled in size in 2014 and is continuing to grow.
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Best Tech Work Culture (San Francisco) | Sauce Labs customer-centric mentality is the unifying force that defines who they are, what they strive to be, and how they aim to exceed customer expectations. At Sauce Labs, ideas from employees -- regardless of level -- aren’t just heard, but taken into consideration and implemented company-wide to ensure the company remains driven first and foremost by customer success.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Huan-kai leads with compassionate management and actionable empathy. He makes time for weekly 1:1’s with every engineer and promotes a “walk and talk” meeting style (a little less formal, a stroll around downtown Palo Alto allowing the team member to lead the conversation of “What went well and areas to take a look at” (WWW and TALA) initiatives. With direct feedback he acknowledges a job well done, and calls out above and beyond actions in the daily stand up meeting so that the team can recognize and realize the impact that each person can make. Each month every team member creates a slide to indicate their work, this monotonous task was a necessary evil for task completion and performance evaluation. Seeing the sighs of grief at the end of each month, Huan-Kai changed this once boring meeting into a fun and collaborative session of high fives and laughter, with the addition of encouraging remarks of thanks and funny gifs across the team slides, it is now widely regarded as the “favorite office meeting."
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) |Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) fosters growth and learning, with a culture centered around helping patients and driving forth patient outcomes. HRS creates both technical creativity and innovation through dedicated hours set aside for creation and development. Employees are encouraged to identify and tackle either uncharted areas they believe they could make a real impact. Breaking outside of the traditional roadmap, HRS employees build, create and develop new service lines, chart out new product features, and lay the pavement for the advancement of their organization both from a cultural and technological standpoint.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | We pride ourselves on harnessing our deep entrepreneurial backgrounds to create incredible new businesses with big corporations, so our culture of creativity and innovation is critical to our success.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | Xesto is building a machine learning platform to change the way creators and developers think about interaction – they can now leverage natural user interaction in their creations. Using Xesto’s patented IP creators will be able to prototype & build experiences with integrated gesture recognition interfaces through an API in minutes. Similar to how NLP was a catalyst for speech recognition, the machine learning engineers at Xesto are applying spatial analysis for gesture recognition. They enable gesture recognition & interaction on current hardware (iPhone X, VR headsets, smartphones coming out, etc..) allowing creators to prototype and build exciting experiences across industries and technologies. Their tracking technology can be leveraged in AR & VR from both a shopping perspective (try on experiences) to interaction with virtual objects on smartphones.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | We strive to have an inclusive, open, and diverse culture. We hope to create a kind place to work; one in which everyone feels valued, free to speak their mind, and be who they are. We strive to invest in people first and give back where we can. We are dedicated to being a diverse and equal place of employment and for our people to support each other wherever and whenever possible. Klick is fortunate to be headquartered in one of the most diverse cities in the world and we take full advantage of it. Klick’s workforce is culturally diverse and always has been, and we love to celebrate it. Our people speak at least 18 different languages. Two of our three partners are 1st generation immigrants, and Klick is active in supporting employees who are applying for permanent resident or citizenship status.
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Best Tech Startup (Boston) | The Elemental Machines team is comprised of transformative leaders with diverse professional backgrounds. Team members have previously worked in the energy, media, education, life sciences, consumer, and technology industries. So,what brings this unique group of individuals together? The answer is that each team member is motivated to be a part of the pioneering team for IoT for life sciences industry.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | The entire team at Guru consists of people from all walks of life: some people who were in bootcamps, some people who have a degree in CS, and others who are self taught, and everyone brings something to the table that is different. The company is able to use new and modern technologies within reason and when the entire team has agreed upon the usage.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Dani created the Engineer LifeCycle project at Mercari that looks into each engineer's career goals and creates a concrete plan to make it happen by providing special support to individuals.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Washington DC) | We promote technical creativity by having whiteboards on every vertical surface in our office. Any team member can write up their ideas on them, and we can have impromptu discussions and brainstorming based on them. We have a culture of open discussions and people on product X suggesting ideas for people on product Y without any need for formal approvals.
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Best Tech Startup (Chicago) | vPeer is first-to-market with a high-quality, virtual peer-to-peer mentoring platform. Our Match-Meet-Mentor process is evidence-based, and initial users say it is fun!
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Best Tech Manager (Toronto) | Jeff, President at Prodigy, gives his team the freedom to make their job as big as they want. Working at a startup means there’s always things to do and improve, and he gives the team the opportunity to be proactive and take more responsibility. For example, a team member could start taking the responsibilities of a position that isn’t defined yet, and be rewarded for it. Jeff uses his experience to personally guide and provide sound advice to any and all team members, should they require direction. His open door policy showcases his hands on approach to Prodigy. His passion shines through when he speaks of the direction of the company, he is truly invested and wants every team member to achieve their own personal career goals.
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Best Tech Startup (Los Angeles) | Phyn’s first product, Phyn Plus, finally brings innovation to one of the most critical and often overlooked aspects of a smart home – water. Utilizing machine learning & AI, Phyn Plus measures tiny changes in pressure - 240 times a second - to accurately and quickly identify all types of leaks and plumbing issues in real time and can remotely shut off the main water supply to prevent costly damage.
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Best Tech Manager (Los Angeles) | Joey is an expert at understanding an engineer's capabilities and core drivers. Very early on he figures out what is important to a new employee. It could be autonomy, more responsibility, or a route to more compensation. Once understood he develops a clear path that person to attain or reach that goal.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | Factual has smart people, strong data, and a seriously amazing culture. Crucial to the company is its tech team, which develops cutting-edge technologies and scalable data solutions in an environment that continually pushes for creativity.
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Best Tech Manager (San Francisco) | Roman Kisin is Parley Pro’s CTO and leads the product development team. He is a great tech leader not only because he has the technical chops, but because he truly believes that everyone on his team is great. Roman come to work every day with a positive outlook and passes his contagious attitude to his team.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Silicon Valley) | At Shopkick, employees from all teams have potential to be extraordinary. Upon that foundation we’ve built a culture of innovation, encouraging participation and boosting creative confidence. We’ve made it a priority to foster an environment where our employees come to work knowing they can make an impact. “One team, one dream,” a phrase our employees hear frequently in meetings or see written in emails is one that encapsulates our outlook on innovation.
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Best Tech Manager (Los Angeles) | Ken focuses on developing individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures into the business executives and technical engineers he envisions them to be. He sees the good in people and helps them build out the future they had always hoped to create.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | BEACON exemplifies passion and innovation by delivering the valuable resource of mental healthcare in a completely unique format. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT, is considered the gold standard of mental health therapy. Unfortunately, systemic barriers like location, finances, and scheduling often prevent people from receiving the help they need.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Chicago) | BenchPrep’s diverse hiring practices start at the top. The executive and management teams are more than 80% minority, representing 4 different countries and ethnicities. But BenchPrep doesn’t simply assume that because minorities are in leadership positions that diverse hiring practices will automatically occur.
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Best Tech Workplace Diversity (Boston) | MineralTree breaks the mold of a typical startup by employing team members that span a broad range of age groups.
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Best Tech Manager (Philadelphia) | James empowers the team by allowing people to make decisions, not micromanaging, and encouraging people to do their best. Collaboration is also encouraged. James speaks to each person regularly, to check on project and personal progress. He publicly expresses confidence in individual team members. Between regular team meetings and team events, James ensures that the team embraces collaboration on a regular basis.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | Diversity is a goal Rubikloud prides itself on achieving; our senior leadership team sets an example by achieving a 50% women executive ratio and spans diverse backgrounds and experience. Our diverse teams fill different gaps in different ways - when we find the right “fit” we have to have that person because of who they are and what they bring to the table in regards to skills, experience, fit, talent, stamina, etc. It’s Rubikloud’s belief that, when building a team of the “collective best” people to create a high potential team, then diversity has to be integral to that strategy to fill all the gaps by thinkers who together, use all sides of the brain and bring diverse backgrounds & life experiences that inform their perspectives.
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Best Tech Manager (Los Angeles) | He is very hands on and nothing is too little of a task for him. He has worked tirelessly to build out hiring plans, recruiting efforts, onboarding, career development plans etc. Even with his large workload he still manages to be a pleasant person to work with and brings a great energy to the team.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | We have built a diverse and inclusive team that has shaped the foundation of our company and culture from our very core throughout our entire organization. Diversity at Betterez represents diversity of thought, cultural background and abilities. We speak nearly 10 languages and strive to attract talented people from diverse backgrounds during our hiring process; people who represent the vast clientele that we have from around the world. Together, our employees are building and shaping the foundational core of our business through their own perspectives.
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Best Tech Startup (Boston) | Catalant is pioneering the future of work by creating technology that provides companies with access to the right talent, at the right time, regardless of whether that talent is a full-time employee, alumni, retiree or an external knowledge worker.
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Best Tech Manager (Boston) | Eric joined Ellevation co-founders Teddy and Jordan right at the beginning in 2012 as the VP of Engineering. Over the last 6 years, he’s worked diligently to build a strong, diverse and collaborative team that designs and creates products that enable English Language Learners to achieve their highest aspirations.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | Vena Solutions was founded 7 years ago by 3 guys in a coffee shop who recognized that Excel was pervasively used by medium and large businesses to do financial planning and analysis but had severe limitations when it came to collaboration, data integrity, auditability and the data volumes large companies generate. The initial product prototype connected Excel to a database in the cloud so that Excel becomes a window onto your financial data but the data is securely stored online
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Best Tech Work Culture (San Francisco) | Matterport allows their engineers and key players to decide their own creative direction and the company makes a point to stay out of their way. Their executive team knows good things happen when you allow your best thinkers to sit around, scratch their head, and come up with new and innovative ideas while management stays out of their way.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Toronto) | Art & Science is a digital agency whose brand and name are born from the belief that art and science are not opposite ends of a spectrum but are rather two sides of the same coin. We say that our designers are as analytical as our developers and our developers as creative as our designers. We have a number of “rules” that are laid out in our company philosophy that informs our company culture, and how we approach all our work: Utilization, Education Fund, Creating Forums for Expressions, Celebrating our Team, and It’s Good for Business.
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Best Tech Work Culture (San Francisco) | Kintone emulates parent company Cybozu in Japan, voted #1 Great Place to Work for Women. We practice a concept of 100 People, 100 Styles of Work to celebrate work-life balance and diversity in the workplace.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | DNAstack is a software company that develops cutting-edge technologies that help scientists discover and treat the causes of genetic diseases. Its main product, the Canadian Genomics Cloud, is an integrated platform to manage, analyze and share genome sequence and clinical data. This public cloud computing platform, the first of its kind in Canada, gives every scientist in the country unfettered access to award-winning technology empowering precision medicine and other applications in genome research. By building infrastructure that better shares data, tools, and compute resources nationally, we stand to vastly increase the value of each genome sequenced and the power for those data to drive new insights that will help improve and save the lives of people affected by genetic diseases.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Orange County) | Brandify is and will always be the voice, pulse and work of one diverse and dynamic spirit. This can be seen within the surveys we run, customizable working arrangements we create, platforms we utilize and explorative sessions “brain dates” we implement and share with one another. At Brandify we believe in celebrating the differences of our ideas, influences and needs by utilizing tools and resources that cohesively bring us closer together.
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Best Tech Startup (Washington DC) | Hatch Apps deserves to win Best Tech Startup due to their inclusive, creative work environment and passion to bring transparency and price stability to the software development space. Hatch Apps is a no-code app development platform that enables businesses to create and iterate mobile and web apps. The platform serves as a critical tool for digital transformation and provides a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to traditional software development options.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Steve is not your typical NASA scientist. He's been my only division chief in my three years at NASA and he's only improved. He holds regular meetings wherein he informs us about mission goals, directives from NASA HQ in Washington, DC, and where he listens to us. He encourages us to talk to him about our issues and he's dealt with everything from issues funding proposed research projects to the state of the nasty bathroom on the third floor of this building that's never been cleaned. He sat with me recently as he explained that he knew I ran a blog and could write well, so would I be interested in writing longer, Nat-Geo type stories about our work at the center? He thought our social media presence wasn't enough and that there's so much more to share with the public about what NASA is up to. I agree, and he gave me full reign to write from the heart and he promised to be involved with that project. He's organizing his contacts with major magazines & news sources to get our work out there. In an attempt to get the larger workforce as excited about outreach as he is, he started a "scientist of the month" nomination on the NASA Ames SS division website - our website - and he volunteered to go first.
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