Three Quotes That Suggest Penn Alum Elon Musk Doesn’t Fully Understand Humans Yet
Penn alum Elon Musk has always seemed a bit out there — literally: The Tesla and SpaceX founder has long cast his eyes to the stars. But now there’s a new biography of him being published next week — Elon Musk: Tesla, Spacex, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future — and the early reviews suggest it portrays Musk as … well, let’s say, not fully comprehending the humans that he lives among.
• Musk reportedly dressed down an employee who skipped work for the birth of his child:
“That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We’re changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don’t.”
Vox’s Matt Yglesias responds: “As a new father, I find it rather astounding that Musk managed to write that without getting punched in the face.” Musk, via Twitter, denied that account this morning.
It is total BS & hurtful to claim that I told a guy to miss his child's birth just to attend a company meeting. I would never do that.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2015
• Dating seems to be an algorithm to be conquered:
“I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. That’s why I need to carve out just a little more time. I think maybe even another five to 10 — how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe 10 hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.”
Which reminds us of this:
• He wants to put a roller coaster in Tesla’s factory.
“Everybody around here has slides in their lobbies. I’m actually wondering about putting in a roller coaster — like a functional roller coaster at the factory in Fremont. You’d get in, and it would take you around [the] factory but also up and down. Who else has a roller coaster? … It would probably be really expensive, but I like the idea of it.”
Which, no kidding, would be awesome. It also reminds us of this:
It’s good to be a visionary rich guy.