Sunday, May 24, 2015
Vance, Elon Musk
Ashlee Vance’s biography Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ecco / HarperCollins, 2015) reveals just how complicated he is. He’s been tested over and over and not only survives but thrives. He’s a passionate man willing to take big risks, a man who wants to save humanity from itself but who works himself (and his top workers) to death. He’s got a big ego, and sometimes he’s a jerk. And, of course, he’s brilliant.
Inevitably compared to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, Musk holds his own. Right now most people view him as either “the” or “a” guiding force of the technology industry. As for his personality, a venture capitalist said that “he’s nicer than Jobs and a bit more refined than Bill Gates.” (p. 287) Whatever you think of him as an individual, his accomplishments are staggering.
If you’re looking for a great summer read, one that I personally found inspiring, I can highly recommend this book.