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 Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.
He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years, in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk's marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life...
Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past 12 months he has been shadowed by tech reporter Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.
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Kildonan by the sea
From terraforming to car sales
I have been following Elon Musk and some of his projects for a few years, Spacex is one that I follow with most interest because of the implications for space travel and that renewed sense of the excitement we had when we were going to the moon. I am of a generation that read science fiction and wanted that technology, that utopian belief that we were here to improve the world, to do amazing things but little by little, a revolution here a war there, a wall of bureaucracy here and several dreams squashed my generation and me became the old generation the passers of a poisoned chalice to the new generation or so we are made to believe by the cynics and the conspiracy theorist that want the world to be as low as the lowest common denominator.
Yes we are in trouble, but mostly because a lot of those futuristic dreams came true and we being human did not foresee the knock on effect of their success. Now the next part will be counter intuitive to many but give me a minute; we are living in the golden age of humanity more people have food than ever before, more people are educated than ever before, more workin medicines exist and are used than ever before and here is the one that many will dispute we live in the most peaceful time in history (this is looking at the world after the Second World War) and because of all this positive things we have overpopulation and ecological problems that are hard to fix.
Here walks in Elon Musk with dreams that are the continuation of that dream of a better world except he wants it to be several better worlds, a spacefaring humanity and ecological mature culture that strive towards solving the problems of fossil fuels by utilizing and creating infrastructures to use nature's power for the world and our benefit as a species.
If you are interested in any of that, this book will invigorate you with the sheer arrogance and vision of this one man and the things he has achieved are absolutely herculean in scope while risking it all for a belief in humanity.
Most innovators and smart people in this world are not building the future but betting on sales skims that do not create anything or just expanding on entertainment for sale. Only a few are pushing for true innovation, visionary dreams that only children dare to have and creating a new future that is not just about money but a vision that believes we could do better; we could be gardeners instead of a plague on our world.
A fast paced and interesting view of the technology business world, with a very american cheerleader histrionics and to many awesomes for my taste and phrases like “The optics of the situation “ are used instead of one word, but all this I can forgive because the bulk of the book is very well presented and explains a lot of what is going on in industries that are for the most part very secretive.
Is it a bit to positive? Yes, but don't you need a bit of positivity and hope in your life?
Is it impartial? I doubt it, but it gives a fairly vast picture of what this man is about, after all perhaps he has a few more year to go and I hope he continues to develop his dream, just because he has one.
A book that invigorated me and I enjoyed cover to cover; plus ultra, plus ultra.
Loved every minute of this book. Great production by Fred Sanders, and Asked Vance has done a brilliant job in expressing Musk's personality, drive and psyche. Amazing book!
Elon Musk came across a very complex and sometimes a bit like a petulant child. However, I couldn't help but warm to him.
Hearing the words being delivered always adds that extra meaning to them and Fred did exactly that.
No, far too long and detailed for that. I listened to in in chunks.
Definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in business, engineering or space travel.
I have been interested in Elon for a while now but this is the first time I fully understand his path from South Africa to Mars.
The book is not all about praising Musk and his achievements but shows the struggle, personal commitment, sacrifices and willingness to loose all for his vision.
It also details his less favourable personality traits and flaws with detailed accounts of people who have fallen out or crossed Musk.
However the story of his achievements and their significants in our world is well researched and well delivered.
The book is inspirational but at the same time left me feeling a little insignificant as you can't help but compare your own achievements to his.
There are real nuggets of information on how a overriding vision can focus you so intently you can force things to happen.
I loved listening to the book and will probably listen to it a few more times.
Fantastically narrated too.
I knew that Elon was a bit of a dude, but this really opened my eyes. A very interesting way to start, expand and push new startup companies.
This biography provides a fantastic insight into the life and motivations of one of the greatest men of our time. Elon Musk is different from most entrepreneurs; he's not in it for the money - he wants to change the world, and almost unbelievably he is already doing so. Great narration and well written account. Almost want to hear it all again - amazing.
Well worth listening / reading.
Great story about a remarkable person and people around him.
Makes you laugh and gasp in awe in places.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd listen again!
when you listen to this book, you know your dream of changing the world can be achieved
This is a phenomenal book that creates a passion for success and a understanding of sacrifice to achieve this.
Clarity and Focus is key. The end came about a 1000 pages to soon!
Thanks a million for a great listen!
I loved reading this book and wished these types of books were recommended in school. We were only so naughty in school because we were bored.
"superb Musk "
narrator was good. story very inspiring. hope Musk will give more futuristic enivronment friendly products
"Loved it...Inspirational...well narrated"
Loved it...Inspirational...well narrated S u p e r b b b b b b b b b b b b b b
I have read the book also, but audio feels different. An inspiration story but narrative can be even better.
"Awesome inside story"
An inside look at the mind of an accentric CEO and his ups and downs. Very motivating!
Fascinating story of the struggle and rise of Elon Musk, well worth the time to listen to this one. The only down side was while listening to it at 1.5x speed, the narrator sounded like he was doing wierd accents when quoting people
Loved it . Best narrator as well as story. Good book worth listening to asap.
"Outstanding book that opens your mind"
it was an incredible journey listening to this audio book. narration was extraordinary and the story and life of elon musk is something that will inspire me forever.
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