About

I’m currently editor-at-large at Fast Company magazine, where I write—and, on occasion, edit—features on innovation and technology; between 2004 and 2011, I worked as a writer at The New York Times Magazine, where I wrote about science, business, society, and (sometimes) economics. Most of my magazine stories, which you can find by clicking on the “articles” tab at the top of this page, usually address the intersections of science, engineering, business, and society. At least to me, that’s where the most interesting stuff happens.

After 15 years as a magazine journalist, I’ve written an awful lot about California and Silicon Valley—indeed I’ve travelled there more times than I can recall. But I’ve spent all of my life on the east coast. These days, I live in New Jersey with my wife and kids.

In March 2012 Penguin Press published The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. This is my first book. I’m presently working on a science-oriented book for Random House about the past, present, and future of Greenland.

You can follow my incredibly infrequent twitter posts at @jongertner.