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How Mormons Built the Next Silicon Valley While No One Was Looking

Welcome to the world of billion-dollar startups, ex-missionary CEOs, and a big diversity problem

Adam Bluestein
Marker
Published in
23 min readJan 15, 2020

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EEric Rea is wearing a dark-blue shirt buttoned to the neck, stretchy olive pants, black sneakers, and an Apple watch. With a mountain bike propped against his desk and crystal-blue eyes, the…

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Adam Bluestein
Marker

I write about business, science, and things that people do for fun. Work published in Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Journal, Proto, Marker. Vermonter by choice.