Good, long read by TED curator Chris Anderson drilling down on the comparison between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. Anderson is taking a look at their specific genius “Here’s how I think of it: system-level design thinking powered by extraordinary conviction. Each of those italicized phrases is critical.”
Here’s a couple more highlights from the article:
It is no surprise, then, that Musk has often been referred to of late as “the next Steve Jobs.” The comparison I want to make between them, however, is not just in the diversity and scale of their achievements. It’s also in their thought processes. I see in them a mental trait that is incredibly rare, a trait that has made me a huge admirer of both men, and of their creations.
Jobs’ greatest contribution was not to build the world’s most valuable company. It was to empower the creativity of a generation of outside-the-box thinkers around the world, and to prove for all time that great technology can be beautiful. Likewise, Musk’s legacy won’t be in the wealth he’s creating (despite the possibility that he could be the world’s richest man within a decade). The promise of Tesla and SolarCity is that they will provide a pathway to a sustainable future.
This by far the best Elon Musk article I’ve read in many months. Be sure to check out the “Tale of Two Entrepreneurs” list at the base of the article comparing the similarities between Jobs and Musk.
Elon Musk is still defending his reaction to John Broder’s NYT Model S review. It’s weird how the media thinks Musk is wrong to speak directly, and factually, about his companies and their products. Musk’s Tweets and blog posts are commonly billed by the media as “lashing out” or “striking back” against the media.
Our society is in a sad state of affairs when a person has to consistently defend why they opted to tell the truth, write about the facts, and not be intimidated by the monolith of mainstream media.
The media seems to be the only ones upset by the way Musk communicates.
First, we have rolled out an over-the-air update to the air suspension that will result in greater ground clearance at highway speeds. To be clear, this is about reducing the chances of underbody impact damage, not improving safety.
Second, we have requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conduct a full investigation as soon as possible into the fire incidents.
Third, to reinforce how strongly we feel about the low risk of fire in our cars, we will be amending our warranty policy to cover damage due to a fire, even if due to driver error.
Elon Musk in a light hearted moment in this ABC News article, How Elon Musk Went From Showering at the YMCA to Building a Mars Colony.
The article mainly recaps Musk’s Business Insider talk.
Elon Musk speaking at Business Insider's IGNITION 2013 conference about the recent Tesla Model S fires. Here's highlights from the post:
You’re not supposed to survive a crash like that,” Musk said. “But the drivers and the passengers got out. And then sometime later there was a fire.”
The amazing thing is that they lived, he insisted, not that there was a fire in the front of the car.
Line from a recent post on Ground Report. I like the way this article explores Musk’s business and science abilities together. So often it’s one or the other but one of Musk’s unique traits is his ability to see connections between these two areas. Here’s a highlight from the post:
For instance in his Space X , he transformed space technology from a capitalistic perspective, which makes it possible for the tendered or given service to be readily available to the ultimate and final consumer. Musk may not have invented space technology but he used his creative and innovative ability to transform the industry and making it available to a consumer at more convenient price. And this is precise what he has done in every area of human and scientific endeavors he has journeyed into. He will grapple with a particular industry or invention; transform it for the market place.
Cool article from the Bakersfield Californian covering a talk Elon Musk gave at Cal State Bakersfield. Hopefully there will be a video of this talk, it sounds like a fun one, they even talked about who Musk would visit if he could time travel. Here’s the NASA highlight:
"It was dark," he told the estimated 500 people Wednesday night at Cal State Bakersfield’s Dore Theatre where he premiered the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series. It was, he said, as close as he has come in his life to despair.
The next day, NASA called with a more than $1 billion contract offer with SpaceX. “I couldn’t even be professional” with them on the phone, Musk said. “I told them, ‘I love you.’”
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