Tech community remembers Sam Blackman

Tech community remembers Sam Blackman

Sam Blackman, one of Portland’s highest-profile tech executives, died over the weekend. A Portland native, Blackman had deep ties to the community and built Elemental Technologies into one of the city's biggest startup successes.

He was 41. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Blackman died of cardiac arrest.

An AWS Elemental spokesperson said the company is focused on supporting Blackman's family.

Blackman founded Elemental Technologies in 2006 with Brian Lewis and Jesse Rosenzweig.

Blackman had been a cheerleader for the city’s tech scene throughout his career and was a firm believer in its ability to compete against bigger tech hubs.

Blackman grew up in Eastmoreland and Lake Oswego. He graduated from Lakeridge High School in 1994 and headed to Brown University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. While there he was involved in the Brown College Democrats, the undergraduate council of students and played ultimate Frisbee.

He went on to earn a master’s in electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA at the University of Oregon.

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