Ashlee Vance

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Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance.gk.jpg
Ashlee Vance, at a signing for Elon Musk.
Born 1977 (age 38–39)
South Africa
Subjects Technology, business
Notable work Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015)
The Duckrabbit

Ashlee Vance (born 1977) is an American business columnist. His most well known book, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future[1] was released on May 19, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Born in South Africa, Vance grew up in Houston, Texas and attended St. John's School. He now works in Mountain View, California.


Vance is 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]



  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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