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Sue King began her career as an accountant in a paper-based world. As computer systems began to evolve, her innovative instinct kicked in — along with a passion for building and programming technology.  She decided to go back to school...
Gavin Deng wanted to make his parents proud. His mother was a software engineer and his father had managed a bank in China before immigrating to Melbourne, Australia in hopes of giving Gavin better education opportunities and the promise of...
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