So, What Is It Like To Work For Tesla CEO Elon Musk?

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APR 24 2017 BY EVANNEX 4

Tesla CEO Elon Musk at his office (Image: Ergonomics Help)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk at his office (Image: Ergonomics Help)


So what is it like to work for Tesla CEO Elon Musk? Business Insider* reported: “According to Branden Spikes, who served as Musk’s right hand of technology for more than 15 years at Zip2, PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, it was Musk’s determination and bravery that was the most inspiring part of his leadership.” Spikes explained that Musk was “a great entrepreneur and leader. Because of that I kept repeatedly joining.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of Evannex (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.

Spikes first started working for Musk at Zip2 in 1997 where he led the IT operations teams. He explained,

“Each time was a little more challenging than the last. The move to aerospace was quite a bit of a departure from online banking, and so was online banking from Internet web portal. These were big challenges, but I think that the SpaceX one was by far the most audacious, just unbelievably difficult, practically impossible, type of thing.”

Above: Just this past week Elon Musk achieved another milestone — a used SpaceX rocket launched a satellite and then landed in a historic first reflight (Youtube: VideoFromSpace)

Spikes explained that Musk really took the time to understand the pressure points of his businesses, one of which was IT and cybersecurity. Spikes said that:

“Elon benefits from a lifetime of working in computer tech to get that, but not all business leaders do… I like that Elon gets cybersecurity and he gets IT.” Furthermore, Spikes would benefit from Musk’s interest in cybersecurity: “It wasn’t difficult for me to get, as they say in the industry, board-level interest in tech systems and in cybersecurity and the value of it. It wasn’t hard. He got it.”

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Spikes explains, “I think he’s taken pride in not having been hacked at the companies he’s started and I take credit for that.” Spikes relays a challenge Musk put forth: “on day one of creating the network at SpaceX, he’s like, ‘Don’t let them hack us.’ That’s really a powerful message, and just exemplifies the fact that we saw eye to eye on the value of a well-crafted network and on a secure system.”


*Source: Business Insider

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I personally like this article.

Off-by-1 error in the # of responses to the article. Huh, even Facebook has the same problem in counting its responses. Must be tricky!

The first comment was censored. It was critical of Evannex articles.

Guess we should comment now (sometimes to is better to let sleeping dogs lie): The first comment was indeed removed, and yes it was critical of Evannex (and by extension InsideEVs), but not for the content (although we did feel it harsh/unwarranted). It was auto-flagged by the system, then removed for ToS reasons by an admin, as the commentator used a secondary/mulitple ID (in this case the name “Dodgeit”) to conceal/shield himself after making the harsh statement. The “no multiple IDs” filter/policy of IEV is one we have in place in order to better help keep the discussion community a friendly/on topic place for people to talk EVs. If one was to see the contents/result of this filter (which often will pull a ~dozen posts in a day), it is a very effective tool, as almost always the comment content published under multiple IDs adds no real value to the discussion, and is often misleading and/or has strong and inappropriate language to a fellow commentator or the site. Of note: we always pull the comment without addressing it publicly (both to avoid embarrassment for the commentator, and also to not disturb the discussion itself-which was/is the original intent of the… Read more »