Certainly one of his inspirations was Napoleon Bonaparte, the French navy genius who rose to energy through the French Revolution and have become Emperor of France.
Isaacson factors to at least one management technique Musk discovered from studying about Bonaparte.
“He believes that wherever Napoleon was, that is the place his armies would do finest. So he favored to indicate up late at night time on the meeting traces at Tesla and SpaceX,” Isaacson stated.
Sharing the battlefield
For instance, whereas engineers had been constructing a Starship booster on the SpaceX launch website in Boca Chica, Texas, Musk hung across the space for an hour, observing.
“In the event that they see their common on the battlefield, they are going to be extra motivated,” Musk informed Isaacson.
This will additionally clarify why Musk spends a lot time within the ‘X’ workplaces. Based on an article within the BBC, Musk has put in beds in Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters in order that he can sleep there.
Based on worker Dolly Singh, Musk slept on the workplace flooring at SpaceX.
“Elon desires to reside in a world the place he works 80 hours per week,” she stated. “It is OK for him to say, ‘I count on you to work as arduous as me,’ as a result of he is not phoning it in from the seashore, he is sleeping in a sleeping bag on the manufacturing facility flooring.”
Concerning the new biography
The intimate, new biography entitled Elon Musk will drop on September 12. Isaacson, who additionally wrote bestselling biographies of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, spent two years shadowing Musk. He was given unprecedented entry, attending conferences with him and becoming a member of him for walks round his factories. He additionally spent hours interviewing him, his household, pals, coworkers, and adversaries.
Concerning the cage match
Oh, and talking of Musk’s adversaries, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undoubtedly one, as evidenced by all of the speak about a cage match between the 2 billionaires.
However Isaacson informed Axios he thinks discuss of Zuckerberg preventing Musk in a cage match “is totally ridiculous.”
A number of days in the past, he shared a screenshot of a textual content trade between Musk and Zuckerberg, making the combat appear to be it will not occur anytime quickly.
I obtained this textual content message from Elon Musk at 4:44am CT exhibiting a screenshot of some textual content messages through which he tells Mark Zuckerberg they need to combat this Monday at Zuckerberg’s residence in Palo Alto. pic.twitter.com/krgRsH5P5G
— Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) August 13, 2023