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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

Summary: Based on interviews with Musk and those close to him, Ashlee Vance outlines the life and motivations of Elon Musk. He outlines Musk's childhood, his education and early business ventures, the story of x.com and PayPal, and the challenges and subsequent successes of Tesla and SpaceX. Through a combination of circumstances and a great deal of hard work, Musk has succeed in his ventures where many thought he would fail.

Thoughts: An interesting and enjoyable book, but I didn't learn that much from it. It instilled in me (albeit briefly) a desire to work very hard.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Vance, Ashlee. 2015. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. HarperCollins.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020. Last updated: Dec 19, 2020.