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Elon Musk...human?
« on: January 17, 2015, 07:09:13 AM »
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-17/elon-musk-and-spacex-plan-a-space-internet
Damn, I'm starting to think this guy isn't human.
Amazing at 43 what this guy has accomplished and his aspirations for the future.
He's so brilliant I'm sure he is aware of the risk of spreading himself too thin.
I hope nothing bad happens to him.


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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 08:53:59 AM »
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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 10:55:24 AM »
Munger had to say this about him during the most recent DJCO meeting:

"I think Elon Musk is a genius and I don't use that word lightly. I think he's also one of the boldest men that ever came down the pike. His IQ is 190 and he thinks it's 250. I do think there's a little bit of risk with Elon but he's a certified genius"

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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2015, 01:12:34 PM »
I have an engineer friend who told me that among his engineering circle of friends, they actually don't find Musk's technical aptitude all that impressive. His main talent is rallying the best engineers together for a common cause (e.g. build a rocket, electric car).

Sort of like the Manhattan Project in the USA back in the 1940s. When you throw a ton of money at a project and incentivize super smart people to work together, a lot can happen. The mission in the 1940s was to build an atom bomb to secure the nation's future. Sounds like something that would motivate anyone. Now Musk is doing the same thing by telling us that humanity's future is on the line and how cool it would be to live in space, etc.

I have always found Musk extremely interesting and believe he is an absolute genius. I don't know enough about him to judge his technical abilities against other scientists.
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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 07:59:57 PM »
I have an engineer friend who told me that among his engineering circle of friends, they actually don't find Musk's technical aptitude all that impressive. His main talent is rallying the best engineers together for a common cause (e.g. build a rocket, electric car).

Your friends appear to be hipsters or trying to elevate their social status by looking down on someone that everybody else thinks has high social status, or something like that.

Musk worked directly on Zip2 and Paypal, very complex projects (especially for their time). He then became head designer of rockets for SpaceX while running the business side (teaching himself rocketry), while running Tesla and also doing engineering and design work there, for a long time inspecting every single car off the assembly line and financing the company himself (check out the documentary Revenge of the Electric car to see how close they came to failure and how Musk basically kept the company going through sheer strenght of will), meanwhile having the idea that became SolarCity (a company that was created by his cousins, of which he's chairman). Oh, and on his free time, he designed the HyperLoop and released the plans in the public domain and says he has a design for a vertical-landing-and-takeoff electric plane. And he's in early 40s.

Some people are good at finding good people and motivating them (Steve Jobs was more like that, though he was also deeply involed), but Musk is definitely up to his neck in the engineering stuff and knows his stuff. Listen to any interviews where someone asks a simple question and he goes off in the weeds on some rocket engine details, or check out his twitter discussions with John Carmack (another programming genius who now builds rockets) about rocket minutia..

Yeah, nothing to be impressed with there...
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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 03:48:08 AM »
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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 07:31:39 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uegOUmgKB4E&spfreload=10

I think that interview tells you a lot about the guy.

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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 10:50:21 AM »
I may be wrong but didn't Buffett or Munger once say something to the effect that they would much rather pick a guy whose IQ was 140 but who thought it was 120 than the guy who thought it was 160?

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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2015, 04:02:13 PM »
I may be wrong but didn't Buffett or Munger once say something to the effect that they would much rather pick a guy whose IQ was 140 but who thought it was 120 than the guy who thought it was 160?


Sure. But I'm not sure that's really a problem with Musk. He seems very aware of his limitations and of the potential for failure. In interview, he says that he actually thought the more likely outcome for SpaceX was failure, and last year in a bloomberg interview he said that the thought Tesla's stock was overvalued. His focus is always on working harder, doing better, constantly improving.

Doesn't sound like one of those entrepreneurs who let success get to their heads and then think they are invincible and everything that they thouch has to turn to gold.

That doesn't meant that he'll always succeed, but at least he's working on important and hard problems that can make a difference in the world and that few others dare work on (who needs one more social network of mobile app company?).
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Re: Elon Musk...human?
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 06:00:46 PM »
I will put my money on BYD rather than TSLA though I dare not short TSLA, yet 8)