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.

Print media[edit]

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.

Semi-Coherent Computing podcast[edit]

Vance hosts an audio podcast called Semi-Coherent Computing,[9][10] in which he discusses enterprise computing topics such as Datacenter cooling and blade servers, and interviews notable guests including chip pioneer David Ditzel of Transmeta, Sun Microsystems, and Bell Labs.[11]


  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. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2008-09-02). "Godfrey Sullivan Takes Up Splunking". Bits Blog (New York Times). 
  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. ^ Semi-Coherent Computing - RSS Feed
  11. ^ "David R. Ditzel". The Third Culture. Edge Foundation, Inc. 

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