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Ashlee Vance

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

4.3 (518 ratings)
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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance is a biography that delves into the life of the billionaire entrepreneur exploring his struggles, successes, and vision to change the world through SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity.

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    Saving the human race is what drives Elon Musk.

    Achieving success in the sustainable-technology industry isn’t easy. Many try and most fail. And yet Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SolarCity, has managed to succeed not once, but twice. How did he manage it?

    It comes down to the way he sees the world. Musk is not your average money-obsessed, Silicon-Valley entrepreneur. Uniquely, he possesses a kind of universal empathy. Harboring a deep care for the whole of humanity, Musk is driven by a single goal: to save us, the human race, by relocating humanity to Mars. In Musk’s view, the Earth, vulnerable to asteroids and with dwindling resources, is no longer a tenable home.

    This concern never leaves his mind, and has instilled in him an unshakeable determination to get things done. Of course, this doesn’t always manifest itself well. Musk is notorious for setting unrealistic goals, assigning incredible workloads and verbally abusing his employees.

    Musk even berated an employee who, instead of attending a company event, chose to be present for the birth of his child. Musk demanded that he consider where his true priorities lay. The way Musk sees it, you can either commit 100 percent to changing the history of the world, or not at all.

    Love him or hate him, Musk is nevertheless respected by employees for his sense of mission. They know it brings success. And he’s no hypocrite, either. Musk’s sense of purpose is plainly evident in his grueling weekly schedule. Monday begins at SpaceX, in Los Angeles, where he works until Tuesday night. He then jets to Silicon Valley, where he spends Wednesdays and Thursdays at Tesla. Then it’s a flight back to L.A. There’s no way someone could commit to such a lifestyle without believing in what they were doing.

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    What is Elon Musk about?

    Elon Musk (2015) gives us an insight into the brilliant and difficult character of today’s most innovative entrepreneur. Interwoven with details of his turbulent private life, these blinks reveal why Elon Musk is so determined to save the human race, how he’s worked towards this goal so far, as well as what’s on the horizon for potentially the richest and most powerful man of our future.

    Elon Musk Review

    Elon Musk (2015) by Ashlee Vance is a captivating biography that delves into the life and mind of the visionary entrepreneur. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Insightful and inspiring, it unveils the determination and audacity of a man striving to revolutionize industries like space exploration and electric cars.
    • Rich with details and interviews, the book provides an intimate look into Musk's personal and professional journey, offering valuable lessons for entrepreneurs and dreamers alike.
    • Packed with drama and high-stakes moments, every page keeps readers on the edge of their seats, ensuring that boredom is never a possibility.

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    Elon Musk had built the automotive equivalent of the iPhone.

    —Ashlee Vance
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    Who should read Elon Musk?

    • Thinkers with crazy ideas (who need some support in getting them off the ground)
    • Proponents of the aerospace, automotive and solar industries
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    About the Author

    Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent technology writers today. An American business columnist, he has written for the New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek.


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