Technology

WINNER:
Microsoft Hololens
Location: Redmond | Employees: N/A

WINNER:
Amazon.com
Seattle | Employees: 245,200 (worldwide)

WINNER: 
Avvo
Location: Seattle | Employees: 385

WINNER: 
Chef Software
Location: Seattle | Employees: 250

WINNER: 
Apptio Inc. 
Location: Bellevue | Employees: 671

WINNER:
Turi
Location: Seattle | Employees: Under 50

WINNER: 
BitTitan
Location: Kirkland | Employees: 176

Faster. Leaner. Smarter. These are the watchwords of the region’s tech sector as more companies move to the cloud and more services spring up to help them do so.

By day, Charles “Chas” Jeffries leads a group of Microsoft techies. When he leaves his Redmond office, he often sheds his suit and tie for military fatigues as commander of an elite band of cybersoldiers who are quietly waging global warfare on malicious hackers.