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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
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- Keys to success: Adopting new technologies, persistence and hard work.
- Estimation: If you've done it before you can estimate it correctly. If you haven't done it before, it can go up to 3x more cost and more time. If no one has done it before, it can go up to 10x more cost and more time.
- Investing: Take 20% of your profits from a business for living, invest the rest.
- Don't travel to different biomes, vacations will kill you.
- Figure out the right questions to ask. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy. Need to be knowledgable to ask the right questions.
- New tech and engineering alone doesn't make a good product, you need to think of design, polish and user experience
- Great customer service returns with great word of mouth
- External suppliers usually costs more, take longer, hard to make deals, have to be reliant and might not fit in your product perfectly. It might be worth to build tech in house.
- Management style: 'I need the impossible done by Friday at 2 p.m. Can you do it?' Then, when you say yes, you are not working hard because he told you. You're working hard for yourself.
- Don't wait for people to apply to your job positions. Call university professors, college dorms, ask their best students. Call people multiple times until you convince them to join.
- Merging all the work credit on 1 person makes them look godly and is good for PR, sales, business and fundraising



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Reading Progress

June 8, 2017 – Shelved
June 8, 2017 – Shelved as: audio
June 11, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 27, 2017 – Started Reading
December 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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