Nick Bilton

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Nick Bilton
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Nick Bilton in 2014
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
The New School
OccupationJournalist and author
EmployerVanity Fair
Notable work
Hatching Twitter (2013), American Kingpin (2017)

Nick Bilton is a British-American journalist, author, and film producer. He is currently a special correspondent at Vanity Fair.

Life and career[edit]

Nick Bilton (2014)

Bilton was born in Darlington, UK, and grew up in Leeds.[1] He attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.[2] He has degrees from The New School and the School of Visual Arts. He worked in the film and advertising industries.[3]

Bilton worked at The New York Times from 2003 to 2016, as a design editor in the newsroom and a researcher in the research and development labs.[3] Before he left, he was a technology reporter and the lead writer for the Bits blog.[4][5][6] He writes on a range of technology topics, including the "future of technology and the social impact of the internet on our culture and media".

His reporting is credited with helping to lead the United States Federal Aviation Administration to overturn their longtime ban on using cell phones, Kindles and iPads on airplanes.[7][8] Jeff Bezos gave credit to Bilton during Amazon's 2013 earnings report for overturning the ban, saying "a big hat tip to Nick Bilton on that one.[9]"

In 2016, he left The New York Times to become a special correspondent for Vanity Fair,[10] where he writes features and columns. He co-wrote the 2015-2019 Vanity Fair New Establishment List.[11] He is also a contributor to CNBC, where he discusses technology and business topics.

Bilton hosts a podcast Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton that is a partnership with Vanity Fair and Cadence13.[12]


He is the author of three books: I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted (2010),[13] Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal (2013),[14] and American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road (2017). Hatching Twitter told the story of the Twitter's early days and its four founders—Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, and Biz Stone—who are portrayed as "mediocrities, narcissists and mopers who seem to spend as much time on scheming, self-promotion and self-destruction as on anything else", according to Tim Wu's review in the Washington Post.[15] It was on The New York Times bestseller list and was voted Best Book of the Year on The Wall Street Journal Reader's Choice.[16] The book was optioned by Lionsgate and is currently[when?] being turned into a TV series.[17][needs update]

Published in May 2017, Bilton's most recent book, American Kingpin, tells the story of the Silk Road marketplace, its founder Ross Ulbricht (who went by "Dread Pirate Roberts"), and how U.S. law enforcement arrested him.[18][19] The book debuted at #9 on The New York Times business bestseller list.[20] In June 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the Coen brothers and Steven Zaillian were adapting the book into a movie.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Tweet". Twitter. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ Bilton, Nick (2018-02-16). "What Marjory Stoneman Douglas, My Alma Mater, Should Teach the G.O.P." Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  3. ^ a b "Speaker Biographies" (PDF). Public Relations Society of America. 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Times Topic: Nick Bilton" January 20, 2014
  5. ^ "Nick Bilton Turns Down $1.5 Million+ from CBS/CNET, Stays at NY Times". Uncrunched. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ "What Could Replace Airplane Mode?", The Atlantic, November 20, 2013
  7. ^ Skift "The Internet Is Thanking Nick Bilton For The FAA's New Rules", October 31, 2013
  8. ^ Chron "If the FAA changes its electronics rules, you can thank a reporter" October 7, 2013
  9. ^ "Amazon's Q3 Earnings — A Beat On Revenues; Stock Rockets Up After Hours". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  10. ^ "The 60-second interview: Nick Bilton, Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair". Politico. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Inside the hive". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^ "The Conversation: Nick Bilton Explains the Future". ABC News. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  14. ^ Burkeman, Oliver (13 November 2013). "Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  15. ^ Tim Wu (19 December 2013). "Book review: 'Hatching Twitter' by Nick Bilton". Washington Post. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  16. ^ Staff, WSJ (13 December 2013). "Readers' Choice: The Best Book of 2013". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  17. ^ Marechal, A.J. (December 18, 2013). "Lionsgate Adapting Nick Bilton's 'Hatching Twitter' for TV". Variety.
  18. ^ Tiku, Nitasha (12 June 2017). "How the Dark Web's Dread Pirate Roberts Went Down". New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  19. ^ Dilworth, Dianna. "Nick Bilton to Write Silk Road Book". Adweek. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  20. ^ Bearman, Joshua. "he Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1". Wired. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  21. ^ Tatiana Siegel; Natalie Jarvey (2 June 2017). "Steve Zaillian to Write Fox Thriller 'Dark Web'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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