Book Review: Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance

Hello everyone! 🙂

I’m back with yet another book review. After reading The Third Wave, by Steve Case, which had some very interesting thoughts about the future of tech companies (review here), I started reading Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance.

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Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance

The book details the life of one of the most interesting person’s on earth right now: the one and only Elon Musk. The book is the work of a very persistent author, who got rejected by Elon Musk at first, persisted in achieving its goal and ultimately got Elon Musk to collaborate with him. The book details the life of Elon Musk since the childhood in South Africa, his family relationships and how his desire to learn made him into the entrepreneur he became. The life in South Africa at that time was not particularly easy nor was his relationship with his father. That probably made him into someone who can handle the pressure and stress like no one else. The ability to handle risks probably came from his grandfather who made big intercontinental trips with his family in a small plane. Finally, his knowledge of physics, engineering and technology came from the 2 books he was able to read everyday. Another of his characteristics that is described in the book is the ability to stay laser-sharp focused on what to do, when to do and how to do.

After describing his early life the author finally dives into Elon Musk’s experiences as an entrepreneur: from Paypal to Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity and a few other companies..

Elon Musk seems to be a completely different kind of tech entrepreneur from the ones mentioned in other books I read. He manages to be on top of everything on any of his companies and has both the engineering, leadership and business knowledge to do it all like no one else. Also, most entrepreneurs mentioned in previous books I read were making computers and computer software. Elon is making electric cars, reusable space rockets and making advances in battery technologies and renewable energy solutions. How cool (and hard!) is all of that? 😮

However, one thing “bothers me” in this book. Wasn’t it too soon to write a biography? With all the latest achievements and new companies like Hyperloop, Neuralink, The Boring Company it just seems that Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity were just the warm up and he is just getting started. Maybe someone will have to write a part II (and partII?) of his biography.

I could go on talking about the book but my writing skills wouldn’t do the book justice. If you’re reading this just order it and read it. Surely you won’t regret reading about someone who will surely be a a legend in the history of technology.

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Next book

The next book is not directly related to technology but with personal motivation and entrepreneurship: Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins. I heard good things about the books of this author but never read one, so I don’t really know what to expect.

Awaken The Giant Within Tony Robbins

What do you think about tech and entrepreneurship book reviews? Do you think I should make more of them? Have book suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments below 🙂


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