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April 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Meet Ben Gilbert, the high-energy leader of The Garage, Microsoft’s grassroots innovation hub

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times April 7, 2014.]

Ben Gilbert, who runs The Garage, sits in front of an LED wall built by Mike Matsel in the facility for less than $700. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Ben Gilbert, who runs The Garage, sits in front of an LED wall built by Mike Matsel in the facility for less than $700. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

It doesn’t take much to get Ben Gilbert enthused.

Mention backpacking, and he’ll tell you about being an Eagle Scout and his hiking trips through Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

Ask him about hobbies and he’ll get into his past involvement in theater and swing choir, and how the hip-hop dance skills he learned came in handy at weddings.

But what gets Gilbert most excited is when the talk turns to innovation, problem solving, startups and new business ideas.

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