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Vaughan-Nichols & Associates

Welcome to Vaughan-Nichols & Associates. We’re an Asheville, North Carolina-based company specializing in technology and business journalism. We focus on technology and business technology coverage from popular commentary to news to detailed technical articles for professionals.

The founder and CEO, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has vast experience. He’s written over 10,000 articles. Highlights include the first popular news story about the Web and the first Linux benchmarks. My articles range from features to reviews to OpEd to news.

He also helped launch five publications: Internet World, Inter@ctive Week, Sm@rt Reseller/Partner, Linux Watch, and Practical Technology. He’s also written four books. He’s also written white papers and technical articles for Apple, DXC, HP, HPE, Dell, Linode, and IBM.

Away from the keyboard, He’s been a keynoter, panel leader, and speaker at Comdex, LinuxWorld, NetWorld+Interop, Seybold, OSCon, LinuxCon, All Things Open, and other tradeshows. I’ve also appeared on radio and TV networks including ABC, BBC, CBC, CBS, Slashdot, TFIR, TWIT.TV, and ZDNet.

He’s also “appeared” on the TV show Jeopardy as an answer to a Linux clue.

As an editor, his news section won the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Gold award in 1998, the Bronze award in 1999, and the Silver award for best technical article in 2000. As a writer, he’s won the ASBPE Bronze award for Analysis/Commentary Blog for his ComputerWorld blog in 2009; the IDG Enterprise Editorial Excellence Award for a how-to feature in 2014 and for a Best Insider story in 2015; and a 2017 American Business Bronze for his DXC blog.

Onalytica listed him as a 2017 top 25 cloud and open-source influencer; a 2020 top 100 cloud influencer; a top IoT 100 influencer; and a 2021 top hybrid cloud influencer. Information Management Today also named 2019’s top cloud computing writer.

He’s also been an expert witness on cases involving consumer electronics, hardware performance, software, and operating systems.

He’s written for technical publications (IEEE Computer, ACM NetWorker, Byte) to business publications (eWEEK, InformationWeek, InfoWorld) popular technology (Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, PC World) and the mainstream press (Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle). 2020/2021 publications include: AVL Watchdog, CBS News, CIO, ComputerWorld, Dice, DXC Blogs, CSO, enterprise.nxt, Functionize, Insider Pro, InfoWorld, Linode, PC World, TechRepublic, The New Stack, The Verge, and ZDNet.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is the CEO and founder. The company was founded in 1989. Associates over the years have included Rachel Schmutter, Heidi Petty, Noel-Marie Taylor, and Jaki Demarest.

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