Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Elon Musk needs no introduction. A boy genius turned real life Tony Stark of Iron Man. That’s how he’s portrayed in this book anyway, and with actual proof to support it, too. At 13 hours and 24 minutes, this audiobook was thus far one of the longest ones I’ve listened to, but Fado, our chocolate Labrador, sure enjoyed our prolonged walks as I almost always wanted to hear what’s coming up next.
The biography follows the standard born->raised->first business->now format, but with Elon Musk it’s just super long due to all of the stuff he’s done so far. From Zip2 and PayPal, to SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, with Hyperloop, two wives, five kids, and financial ups and downs, the book covers quite a bit, all with Elon’s permission. I remember devouring Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” bio, and this “read” had a very similar flow to it.
Do you want to know what the S in Model S stands for? Or how much a launch into orbit costs? Or how Elon’s companies are able to pretty much undercut anyone else on price of components? There were quite a few moments in this book that had me stop in the middle of the street, take notes on my phone, and then shower my boss with ideas on what I think we should do at our scooter factory, forgetting for a moment that a) we’re not Tesla and b) we don’t have aspirations to land on Mars.
Long story short, a very detailed tell-all book on two companies very much in the spotlight these days. So if you’d like a little more insight into how they came about, I highly recommend this book.