Let’s Look At The Curious Case Of Tesla CEO Elon Musk

NOV 8 2018 BY EVANNEX 13

THE CURIOUS CASE OF ELON MUSK

Elon Musk has accomplished some jaw-dropping feats at SpaceX and Tesla. Louis Sarkozy, son of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy asks (via Washington Examiner), “Should he be recognized as a capitalist example, champion of science, and hero of the environment? Yes. Is the media fawning over his countless moral deeds and wishing him success in his progressive endeavors? No. Rather, he is constantly berated, belittled, and criticized for trivial reasons.”

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Above: Elon Musk and a few of his forward-looking initiatives at Tesla (Source: Money Control / Story and Script: Avinash Mudaliar, Siddartha Bannerjee, Xema Pathek; Art: Harsho Mohan Chattoraj)

Take, for instance, Elon puffing some (ahem) Mary Jane on a recent podcast. “He was barraged by every press outlet and made fun of on social media. Amid this illogical fury, surprisingly coming from the side of the political aisle which usually champions the environment and drug legalization, I was left to wonder: When are we going to realize that in Musk, we have hit pretty close to jackpot?”

Others agree. Ron BaronMark CubanRichard BransonLarry Page. And, most recently, Oracle’s founder Larry Ellison said (via CNBC), “I loved all the articles about how Elon doesn’t know what he is doing, the pictures of him smoking dope, you know, and The Wall Street Journal writing all these articles [saying] he is going to have to go out for money.”

Above: A look back at some of Elon’s earlier milestones at Tesla (Source: Money Control/ Story and Script: Avinash Mudaliar, Siddartha Bannerjee, Xema Pathek; Art: Harsho Mohan Chattoraj)

He continues, “Why should I believe you as opposed to my friend Elon while I am out here watching this rocket land, which I think is really cool, and you are there in front of your Apple Mac typing up an article saying Elon is an idiot?” Ellison, the iconic tech billionaire, says Tesla is his second largest investment.

Meanwhile, another Tesla and SpaceX investor, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is also befuddled by all the frivolous, petty press coverage. He says (via CNBC), “We have to sort of say, hey look, he’s a human being… Every human in the world has made a mistake.” After all, “This guy’s awesome. Let’s do what we can to support him.”

Above: Silicon Valley VC Tim Draper comments on Elon Musk (Youtube: CNBC Life)

To that end, Sarkozy reminds us that Tesla’s electric vehicles are “fully green exceptional driving machines, and have for the first time outsold Mercedes in the U.S. – relying not on advertisement campaigns, but on the simple idea that if the customer simply tries the car they will be seduced by it.”

He concludes that, “Tesla, aims to create a vehicle which in its emissions or production does no harm to the environment, while still being technologically razor-edged and curiously pleasant to drive… One thing that is certain: No matter how many of his projects fail to reach fruition [on time], Musk has already succeeded in his first and most important mission: getting us excited for the future.”

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Source: Washington ExaminerCNBCCNBC; Webcomic: Money Control / Story and Script: Avinash Mudaliar, Siddartha Bannerjee, Xema Pathek; Art: Harsho Mohan Chattoraj; Video: CNBC Life

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13 Comments on "Let’s Look At The Curious Case Of Tesla CEO Elon Musk"

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John

Some good points made in this short article. While I’m not a fan of using social media for communication (for obvious reasons), I agree that it’s baffling how Elon’s accomplishments are dismissed by so many in favor of eccentric behavior.

Dave K.

Not baffling at all, cars and oil are incredibly profitable industries about to be disrupted by Elon’s company, of course they would like to discredit him. Whomever is writing I can hardly believe it doesn’t have a hidden agenda. Hope Elon has good security…

amt

With All Due Respect , For An Intelligent Person As Elon Musk Tarnishing His Good Name & Stellar Reputation By Smoking Pot & Drinking Online, “On Video” Was a Foolish & 0ut 0f Character Blunder Along With The Other BIG Mistake of “Joking” About Taking Tesla Private..Some One of Musk’s Caliber , Character & Fame Should Really Think* Good & Hard Before Pulling Costly and F00LISH $40M Dollar + Stunts As That ., Also Because He is Always Under The Microscope Constantly Being Scrutinized..

Kbm3

You judge someone based on that? Elon trying the joint was a positive. It was polite and he raised an interesting point that it was not for him, while not condemning it.

The fault lies not with Elon. The fault lies with those who judge him for non harmful behavior.

Marius

If you’re not eccentric and still be so successful and savy then something is extremely wrong with you, I would guess.
I think his only regret was having to settle with the Sec and give up his chairman position as well as allowing 2 outsiders suggested by the sec to join the board. The alternative would have tanked the stock even if the company was and is doing great.
Maybe what he did was a bit rash but the measure was a bit drastic and they took advantage of the situation and shoved a much worst deal than he would have got after a trial.

Pushmi-Pullyu

With All Due Respect, I think someone who feels he has to Capitalize Every Word of a comment is a much bigger problem for their reputation than a guy who politely takes a single puff off a doobie that his host offered to him on a marathon late-night podcast, in a State where recreational marijuana is legal.

Drinking alcohol is actually much worse for you, yet because of the irrational stigma about smoking pot embedded for decades in our culture, this is what has gotten a lot of negative attention.

Human beings are not rational animals.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Usually caps on the first letter of every word on a post is an indicator that the original post was written in all caps, but got washed through a filter that strips all caps out before posting it online.

That may or may not be the case here, but in my humble opinon, anyone who’s posts show up like that probably suffers from a mental illness.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Everyone drinks, and though I despise pot and potheads, weed went mainstream years ago.

The most ridiculous thing about the Rogan interview wasn’t what Elon consumed, but the stupid reactions that appeared in the press in the aftermath; most of them written by reporters who, in all likelhood have consumed far more illicit substances than Musk has.

Spider-Dan

Elon Musk: Greatest Living Human, or Greatest Human Ever?

I especially liked the comic book. I can’t wait for the issue where he gets his flying suit of armor and becomes the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pushmi-Pullyu

You’re mixing up your Marvel mythology. Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tony Stark/ Iron Man is one of the leading members of The Avengers. Elon has long been described as the real-world equivalent of Tony Stark, but not Nick Fury.

Spider-Dan

You’re several years behind the comics.
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Pushmi-Pullyu

I’m very glad to see an article on this subject!

Elon Musk is possibly the leading visionary of our times; he’s a self-made billionaire, and he’s the leader of one of the very few large corporations truly dedicated to making the world a better place.

Yet, as this article points out, reporting about Elon is mostly negative, and over astoundingly trivial things such as taking one single puff off a doobie offered to him, in a State where that’s legal.

Looks to me like much if not most of the negative coverage is a result of pure jealousy. Well, Elon certainly does give people a lot to be jealous of! Elon is certainly a lot smarter than me, orders of magnitude richer, and almost infinitely more popular. And that goes for most other people, too. Sadly, some people find mean-spirited reasons to begrudge him the successes that he has so tirelessly worked to achieve.

Yeah, Elon is human. That means just like you and me, he’s not perfect. Sadly, some small-souled people would rather focus on his perfectly ordinary faults rather than his astonishingly extraordinary accomplishments and vision.

I’d rather focus on wonderful things like this:

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TomArt

I remember watching this in real-time. It looked exactly like I expected it to look, and yet, I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. Utterly spectacular and elegant achievement of a magnitude not seen in a very long time (except maybe when the first Falcon landed on land, and when the first ocean landing happened – those were moments I’ll never forget, as well). Deeply satisfying, even though I had no role in the achievement.