Jon Gertner is an editor and writer whose stories on business, science, and society have appeared in a host of national magazines and have been widely anthologized. Between 2004 and 2011, Gertner worked as a writer for The New York Times Magazine. He is currently an editor at Fast Company magazine, where he writes and edits feature stories about innovation and technology.
Gertner's new book from Penguin Press The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation arose from his interest in exploring the origins of modern communications technologies as well as Bell Labs' extraordinary influence on America's culture of innovation. His book was hailed by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times as both riveting and thrilling. In The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Walter Isaacson noted: "The Idea Factory explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation? Why does it happen, and how might we nurture it?"
A graduate of Cornell University, Gertner lives in Maplewood, N.J., with his wife and two children.