Jay Roeder Backstory 2015

David Blackburn, Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing
David Blackburn, Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing

David Blackburn is Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing at a major financial services firm where he manages digital and integrated marketing campaigns for ultra high network segments. Over his career he has worked both client-side and agency-side for brands such as WSJ.com, MetLife, and the International Herald Tribune. You can reach him here.



A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

As a history and navigation nerd, I couldn’t resist this one. Turns out it’s even more incredibly researched and detailed than I could have imagined. For example, when talking about a 12th century map from Sicily, he gives us a 50-page backstory of the Norman conquests around the world – including Sicily.  It’s a great read, and Brotton does a masterful job of pulling politics, religion, science and history together.


Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

I can never get enough of Lewis’ writing.  And after seeing Brad Katsuyama speak last year, I picked up the book.  A great dive into some of the foundational technologies, infrastructure – and yes, some of the dirty little secrets – of our financial markets.


Les Hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes by Stieg Larsson

No, that’s not French for ‘Dragon Tattoo’, but it’s the same book, just titled differently in French.  I try to read a few books a year to keep my French up to speed, and what better way to do that than with a real page turner?  I’d be reading it in translation either way, so I went for the French.


Feature header by the brilliant Jay Roeder. You can see more of his great work here. Portrait of Mr. Blackburn by the scintillating Mike Caplanis. You can see more of his work here.

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