Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future
South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Ro...more
The betrayals and tough realities are what make the book interesting, for someone who's 9 years old, I can't say it would be interesting enough for them to read. Not to mention, if he idols Elon musk and understands this book, it would destroy him, unless he's real mature, you have to be an adult(ish) to understand the sacrifice he went through and respect him for that despite the employees that got burned along the way(less)
As for the first, the number of near-death experiences that Tesla, SpaceX and earlier companies went through is almost a running joke throughout this story. The Falcon 1 failed three times, exhausting the company's funds, before achieving a successful fourth flight. Tesla avoided bankruptcy by ...more
I like the can-do attitude Vance took with hounding Musk and wearing him down till he agreed to cooperate with this biography. I also appreciated all the "Holy crap, Musk is CRAZY. CRAZY like a fox," moments I had while reading this. The only thing that keeps this from being a 4-star book is that the reporting and writing leans too heavily on idolatry. There were passages where I literally cringed at how much of a fanboy Vance sounded like.
This is a man after my own heart. Out of all the super entrepreneurs and technological legends of the modern era, Musk ticks all the boxes on my dreams and passions, particularly space. Space has always been the frontier that intrigues me the most; for a single man to dream of colonising Mars and actually doing all he can to make that a reality is just simply astounding.
And then of course, there is Tesla. Aside from the clean energy technology which I am a hug ...more
If I didn't know any better, I might be looking at all his stated claims and seeing all the echoes of Asimov and Heinlein being dragged out of the page and brought to life.
Skip the whole Iron Man image for a second.
Let's talk about Ayn Rand.
Musk is John Galt. As in Atlas Shrugged.
Sure, he's also Dagney, too, or perhaps more l ...more
Yes, Tesla is also extremely cool. And inspiring. But nothing can beat that feeling of power, wonder and deep inspiration that SpaceX will give you as soon as you start to understand what that company is actually doing.
As Vance says, "SpaceX IS Elon Musk".
So who is this man? How is it humanly possible to achieve what he has achieved? What else can he achieve in the future? Will he bec ...more
Винаги съм се питала какво отличава успешните идеи от по-малко успешните. Във всяка област – изкуство, кино, литература… ракети, електрически коли. Добре, признавам, че за последните не съм се замисляла особено, но чуденето ми е било принципно. Как става така, ...more
I really admire how Vance captured his biography, which is not an easy thing to do. If you read a little bit, you'll understand Musk is not the most easy going person in the world. The author opens the book in a very intriguing way starting from why Musk allowed him to write his biography, which starts to shed ...more
“It’s nuts that people would want to vilify Elon. He might say some things that rub people the wrong way, but at some point, the being nice to everyone thing doesn’t work.“
Elon Musk is fascinating. I could simply tick off some biographical points such as him having been married twice and having five children with his first wife (a set of twins and a set of triplets), but that is not why I read biographies and, in fact, why I dislike most of them. Either the people the biographies are about are ...more
Billionaire Elon Musk is a businessman, engineer, and inventor with a radical vision for the future of mankind. In fact Musk wants nothing less than to establish a human colony on Mars.....with a view toward exploring Jupiter's moon Europa someday.
Musk fears there will be another mass extinction event - like the asteroid that destroyed 75% of Earth's species at the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary 65 million years ago - and he wants people to have somewhere to go. I agree with Musk that ...more
Some small criticisms--
There were times I noticed information that was being repeated, which made it feel like Vance may have written each chapter separately or without certainty of what order the chapters would be included in the book. Also, while I liked the conversational tone of the writing, it was not what I’m used to from biographies.
A larger criticism— ...more
I mean, da-amn. This is so true. (And it stung even more because I'm a marketer.) Where have we gone wrong as a generation? Where is the passion and quest for knowledge? What is the real purpose of innovation? To improve mankind or to become wea ...more
Strangely enough, I've followed Space X' and Tesla's progress for a very long time, but I never actually read many things about the person behind them. I still cannot believe what a visionary Elon Musk is, and how persistent he's about anything he does. He is a mad scie ...more
The book provides succinct insights on the situation surrounding the industries the m ...more
1. There is nothing wrong about being an introvert and enjoying reading books. You will find a lot of inspirations for your career. Don't give up your childhood dream.
2. Working hard is the only way that lead to success. I vividly remember that he has to take about 170 flights a year. Thanks for his hard work, he c ...more
I'm sure that Musk is eccentric but he often comes across as nuts. Since he has done so much to help mankind, I'd rather not see him as nuts.
I'm sure that the writer does a great job as a reporter, but I'm not keen on an article in novel form. That's what this felt like, a really long magazine article. And don't even get me started on the audio. Avoid it ...more
His South African childhood was marked by bullies at school, hints of abuse at home and violence over apartheid in his area. His mother has an interesting background; there not much about his father. Although his grim childhood is referred to as influential in his character, the se ...more
As I was reading Ashlee Va...more
For something which isn't that difficult, there's this phrase : "It's not rocket science."
Well.... looks like its going to change. Because with SpaceX, rocket science is not going to be rocket science anymore!
The ratings are for the biography and not for the man himself. Because any number of stars couldn't do justice to the epic proportions Musk has already reached and aspires to. This is the most fantastic character I have ever read about... including fiction! Impossible to believe its non-f ...more
He read some of my favs like:
- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
As well as 3 books I've never read before but now I'm adding to my TBR:
- The Moo ...more
Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historia ...more