Sam Blackman

Sam brings extensive management experience and video processing expertise to the Elemental team as Chief Executive Officer. In a few short years, Sam has grown Elemental into the leading provider of GPU-accelerated video processing solutions, building innovative products used by leading video content providers. Prior to co-founding Elemental in 2006, Sam specified and architected next-generation products as an IC design manager for Pixelworks. Prior to joining Pixelworks in 2000, Sam held engineering positions at Silicon Graphics and Intel Corporation. Due to a growing reputation for deep industry knowledge, Sam has been tapped for presentations and contributions to leading trade and news organizations. While he’s not as active as he was before co-founding Elemental and raising two toddlers, Sam is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and passionate about protecting Oregon’s environment. For his work on this issue he has been recognized by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters as the 2006 Volunteer of the Year, and by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of “35 Innovators Under 35.”

Sam holds an M.B.A from University of Oregon, an M.S.E.E. from University of California at Berkeley and a B.S.E.E. from Brown University in Providence, RI.