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What I'm reading: Sam Blackman

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Sam Blackman, CEO of Elemental Technologies, shares what he's reading.

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The Brothers K By David James Duncan

“I try to read one fiction book per quarter, not always successfully. This hauntingly beautiful story of a Camas, Washington-based family took me two quarters to complete, mostly because I savored every page. This book is truly a masterpiece and an affirmation of how mysteriously the world works.

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Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility By Reed Hastings

“OK, this isn’t really a book. It’s a 126-slide PowerPoint deck where Reed lays out the killer culture at Netflix in awe-inspiring detail. As a co-founder at Elemental, I believe strongly that our culture is the fundamental enabler to building a sustainable company for the long term.”

 

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