Ashlee Vance

Ashlee Vance (born 1977) is an American business columnist and author. His biography of Elon Musk, titled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, was released on May 19, 2015. He lives with his wife Melinda and their two children Bowie and Tucker.[1]

Ashlee Vance
Ashlee Vance, at a signing for Elon Musk.
Ashlee Vance, at a signing for Elon Musk.
Born1977 (age 45–46)
South Africa
EducationPomona College
SubjectsTechnology, business
Notable workElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015)
Hello World series about technology

Early life and educationEdit

Vance was born in 1977 in South Africa. He attended Pomona College, graduating in 2000.[2]


Vance wrote for The Register from March 2003[3] to August 2008.[4] He moved to The New York Times in September 2008[5] and then to Bloomberg Businessweek in January 2011.[6] 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.[7]

In 2007, Vance wrote a book, called Geek Silicon Valley, on the history of Silicon Valley.[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 CEO of Tesla, SpaceX 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.
  • Vance, Ashlee (2023). When the Heavens Went on Sale: The Misfits and Geniuses Racing to Put Space Within Reach. Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-299887-3.[13]


  1. ^ Ashlee Vance interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  2. ^ Abraham, Sneha (3 August 2016). "The Full Elon". Pomona College Magazine. Pomona College. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2003-03-24). "Sun adopts Write Once, Revise Anywhere license". The Register.
  4. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2008-08-21). "Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady". The Register.
  5. ^ "Ashlee Vance - Bits - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  6. ^ "Ashlee Vance and Brendan Greeley Join Bloomberg Businessweek". Press Release. Bloomberg. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power". The New York Times. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
  8. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2007-11-01). Geek Silicon Valley. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 978-0-7627-4239-4.
  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.
  13. ^ Greenawalt, Marc (2022-12-02). "Spring 2023 Announcements: Science". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 2022-12-14.

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