Ashlee Vance

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Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance, at a signing for Elon Musk.
Ashlee Vance, at a signing for Elon Musk.
Born1977 (age 41–42)
South Africa
EducationPomona College
SubjectsTechnology, business
Notable workElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015)
Hello World series about technology
The Duckrabbit

Ashlee Vance (born 1977) is an American business columnist and author.

He is well known for his biography about Elon Musk entitled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.[1] The book was released on May 19, 2015.


Vance was primarily known for writing for The Register from March 2003[2] to August 2008,[3] but moved to The New York Times in September 2008[4] and then to Bloomberg Businessweek in January 2011.[5] Vance covered companies such as IBM, HP, Intel, and Dell, and also writes about a wide range of technology topics, including robots, Segway scooters, and the R programming language.[6]

In 2007, Vance wrote a book, called Geek Silicon Valley, on the history of the Silicon Valley.[7] In 2015 he published a biography of Elon Musk[8] His writing often also appears in such publications as The Economist, Chicago Tribune,, The Globe and Mail, the International Herald Tribune, and CNET.

Vance hosted an audio podcast called Semi-Coherent Computing from 2007–2008,[9] in which he discussed enterprise computing topics such as Datacenter cooling and blade servers, and interviewed guests including chip pioneer David Ditzel of Transmeta, Sun Microsystems, and Bell Labs.[10]

In 2015, Vance started writing and hosting the "Hello World" video series for Bloomberg, focusing on the tech scene in various countries.[11][12] In the same year, he published his biography about Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal and other tech companies.


  • Vance, Ashlee (2007). Geek Silicon Valley: The Inside Guide To Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco. Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-0762742394.
  • Vance, Ashlee (2015). Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Harper. ISBN 978-0062301239.

See also[edit]

  • Julian Guthrie, another journalist who wrote a book on a tech billionaire and a space project


  1. ^ Ashlee Vance interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  2. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2003-03-24). "Sun adopts Write Once, Revise Anywhere license". The Register.
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2008-08-21). "Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady". The Register.
  4. ^ "Ashlee Vance - Bits - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  5. ^ "Ashlee Vance and Brendan Greeley Join Bloomberg Businessweek". Press Release. Bloomberg. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power". The New York Times. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  7. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2007-11-01). Geek Silicon Valley. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 978-0-7627-4239-4.
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  9. ^ Semi-Coherent Computing
  10. ^ "David R. Ditzel". The Third Culture. Edge Foundation, Inc.
  11. ^ "Goodbye, Silicon Valley. Hello World". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  12. ^ "Ashlee Vance AMA on reddit". reddit. Retrieved 2016-04-10.

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