Society’s Genome Book Launch Celebration

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By: Betsy Doughty

Back in 1979, Nathan Thompson gathered his last $500 to start buying and reselling used computer equipment from his college dorm room. Fast forward 37 years, and Nathan is now CEO and Founder of a successful data storage company known as Spectra Logic, responsible for developing innovative deep storage solutions that meet the needs of organizations faced with exponential data growth.

Nathan has certainly accomplished several significant milestones throughout the years. The latest is authoring a book with colleagues Bob Cone and John Kranz, titled: Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Data Preservation—and it is certainly a reason to celebrate.

In Society’s Genome, Nathan shares his expertise and unique insight on how organizations can effectively protect and preserve society’s collective knowledge and understanding – its genome – for future generations. To mark the launch of the book, members of the Spectra and Boulder community met at the iconic Boulder Bookstore to celebrate Nathan, Bob and John’s hard work with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and great conversation. The event featured a presentation from Nathan detailing the “why” behind the book, and every guest received a signed copy.

Check out some of the highlights from the night:


Each attendee at the party received a complimentary, paperback copy of Society’s Genome, to have signed by the book’s contributors.


Society’s Genome authors, John Kranz, Nathan Thompson, and Bob Cone, pose for a photo.

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Nathan Thompson gave a short speech to his guests about the publication of his new book, and our society’s preservation of its digital assets throughout history.


Nathan, as well as Bob and John, all signed books for the party’s attendees throughout the evening.


Guests enjoyed light appetizers, drinks and the overall historical atmosphere of the Boulder Book Store at the book launch celebration.


All in all, it was a wonderful evening filled with stimulating conversation, laughs, and good company.
View the official press release, announcing the publication of Society’s Genome on our website here. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #GeneticDiversity and #SocietysGenome, and on the Society’s Genome website: