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Mikes Rant – Elon Musk: Lovable Rogue or Self-Destructive Idiot?

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Elon Musk is probably among the best-recognized names within the tech world. In reality, somewhat than him being a reputation, ‘character’ looks like a way more correct description. It isn’t typically that a week passes with out us having one thing to say concerning the Tesla chief. He’s a bit just like the automotive industries model of John McAfee. The one distinction is that as an alternative of a meme of him burning cash to mild a cigar, we’ve Elon Musk puffing on a joint.

It shouldn’t be surprising (to anybody) for me to say that Elon Musk has recurrently courted controversy. Because the begin of 2018 although, this appears to have escalated to an entire new degree. Whereas it’s straightforward to love him as a ‘lovable rogue’, you do need to marvel at this level whether or not he does extra hurt than good for the businesses he owns.

So, let’s take a look at a quick historical past of the newer adventures of Elon Musk and see if we will come to any conclusions about not simply Elon Musk, however his suitability to be operating main corporations.

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Beginning Off With Some Positives

It’s arduous to disclaim that beneath the management of Elon Musk, Tesla has come a great distance in a really brief time period. They’ve gone from being an obscure automotive firm with a dream of electrical automobiles to arguably probably the most trendy manufacturers on the market. Along with that, there’s additionally the small matter of the Boring Firm and SpaceX which, for numerous causes, have been used to frequently impress shoppers and the general public regularly!

In truth, you possibly can simply make the argument that the SpaceX challenge, when it comes to status, has overtaken Tesla. I’m extra wanting ahead to the subsequent improvement within the area program than the subsequent automotive mannequin!

For the Boring Firm? Nicely, there’ll all the time be that superior flamethrower they launched! Even when they’ve introduced a few of their house owners to the eye of the police!

It’s merely very troublesome to think about that such big successes would have been seen with out somebody as clearly charismatic and passionate as Elon Musk on the helm. Whereas he clearly is aware of so much about fashion and presentation although, there’s a bizarre and even darkish aspect to the person!

The Bizarre!

Regardless of the positives, there have been occasions the place he has simply plain acted weirdly. We’ll cowl some extra of this later, however a number of good examples of this might be the aforementioned ‘joint’ incident. It wasn’t essentially the sensible factor for the top of a number of multi-billion greenback corporations to do in public. Positive, it’s authorized. Properly, the place he did it a minimum of. It’s not precisely a picture that sparks confidence out of your buyers although!

There was additionally the matter of when (throughout a separate interview) he almost broke down at one level whereas discussing the stress of his job. In equity, I perceive that solely. I daresay he is likely one of the hardest working millionaires on the market and I say that completely legitimately with no hint of sarcasm. I consider Elon Musk works bloody arduous at what he does!

His reputation has additionally drawn the eye of faux accounts on Twitter. Most of them giving out false details about cryptocurrency investments. Whereas these are nothing do to with Elon Musk himself, they’re primarily ‘cashing-in’ on his famous fame by way of the social media platform.

A ultimate instance can be his April fools joke during which he posted an image of himself with a cardboard placard studying ‘bankwupt’. A transfer that induced a pointy dip within the share worth!

Whereas this ranges from bizarre to humorous, there are lots of situations the place his behaviour is simply outright erratic. He’s like a steam engine that, now and again, merely has to vent to cease it from exploding. Regardless of that although, there have additionally been various events the place he has gone too far!

The Draw back!

Elon Musk is a daily and in style Twitter consumer. There have been various events, nevertheless, when he’s let that itchy-Twitter finger publish issues that appear to utterly bypass his mind. Whereas we’ll get onto the entire SEC matter shortly, there are various good examples to work with!

For starters, how about his allegations through the cave rescue in Thailand the place he accused one of many British group members of being a paedophile? This specific occasion, nevertheless, isn’t even simply so simple as that! He initially made the accusation, apologised after which made it once more! That’s definitely one thing of a daily sample in his behaviour!

He was then seen issuing an organization-vast e-mail, warning staff that there could also be saboteurs amongst them! We should always observe that the existence of such individuals has by no means been mentioned or confirmed by him since.

His antics ultimately led to the Tesla buyers issuing him with a warning final June. Put merely, he needed to begin behaving or face penalties.

Nicely… if he did, it didn’t final lengthy!

The SEC (Safety Trade Committee)

Maybe certainly one of his largest sagas thus far, nevertheless, is a relatively lengthy and convoluted affair. We’ll attempt to maintain it so simple as attainable, however in a nutshell, it began on Twitter once more.

Elon Musk was getting fairly uninterested in inventory buyers ‘short-selling’ the corporate. That is primarily the place you ‘bet’ that a corporations share worth goes to drop. In equity, based mostly on Elon Musk’shistory, not a nasty guess more often than not! Elon Musk, nevertheless, hated having Tesla so frequently associates with this. As such, to fight it, he launched a plan!

Put merely, he would announce that he was planning on taking Tesla personal. Sure, shopping for out all the public inventory and going it as a (extra or much less) sole enterprise. This preliminary response clearly despatched the markets rising and, to a level, he was profitable in ‘trolling’ the brief-sellers. There was, nevertheless, various points with this. Not solely in the truth that his intention by no means appeared reliable (regardless of the excessive publicity he gave it) but in addition the way by which he did it! It led to reviews that the buyers themselves have been contemplating suing him!

For many who don’t recall, Elon Musk made the announcement (that he was taking Tesla personal) on Twitter. Not the neatest strategy to break an enormous enterprise altering deal. Secondly, he prompt a share worth of 420. A worth which he subsequently admitted was solely set as a drug joke reference to his girlfriend.

The way by which this was all carried out shortly got here to the eye of the Safety Change Committee (SEC) in America. For those who’re not conscious of the organisation, consider them because the ‘overlords of business’ making certain that corporations (and their bosses) act appropriately. Not the sort of individuals you ideally need to come to the direct consideration of!


Sooner or later, this erratic behaviour was going to meet up with Elon Musk. It lastly landed when the SEC sued Elon Musk in an try and take away him from the corporate amid a fraud investigation. Everybody knew that he had lastly gone too far. The one query was, would he battle it or would he make a deal?

Thankfully, on this occasion, sanity prevailed. Elon Musk agreed to a deal. A deal which might see him should step down as the corporate head for a minimum of three years and in addition pay a positive believed to be within the area of $20m. All the things appeared to be settled and, whereas Elon Musk would not be chairman shifting ahead, he might, on the very least, now focus extra on his different corporations.

That seemed like a good suggestion! It’s not, nevertheless, what occurred!

Inside days Elon Musk took, once more, to Twitter posting a direct assault on the SEC mocking them for his or her choice-making course of. Sure, inside days of settling the matter, he was already scary them once more! Relaxation assured, the subsequent time he involves their consideration, they’re possible not going to be too enthusiastic about slicing a deal!

Whereas the matter has settled down a bit now, one other chapter has been added to the story. With Tesla needing to discover a new head (nicely, chairman), there have been many names put ahead for the job. These embrace individuals similar to former Vice-President Al Gore and even Alan Mulally of Ford. There’s, nevertheless, seemingly a secret proviso to whoever takes the highest. Whereas the job will largely contain operating Tesla, one other facet of will probably be maintaining tabs on Elon Musk. Put merely, ensuring he doesn’t misbehave!

With that in thoughts, I can’t consider anybody who’d need the job!

What do you assume?

The above is only a very small a part of Elon Musk’s current historical past. I don’t need to bore you by going into much more of his antics. I feel I’ve made it fairly clear what a few of the greatest, worst and weirdest have been.

The one query that is still is, do you assume his involvement with Tesla, Boring and SpaceX does them extra hurt than good anymore? Positive, he initially catapulted them to the slicing fringe of the tech world from complete obscurity, however nowadays he appears extra hindrance than a assist.

Positive, Tesla is his. He owns sufficient of it (about 30%-40%) to legitimately name it his firm! There’s, nevertheless, a big quantity of the enterprise owned by personal buyers and the general public by way of the inventory market. As such, they’re clearly greater than just a little annoyed at how he treats it like he owns it outright!

In fact, I truthfully can’t determine the place I stand on this any extra, so I put it to you (and I’ll maintain it easy) – Do you assume Elon Musk is an asset to Tesla anymore? If not, do you assume he ought to step down completely? – Tell us what you assume within the feedback!



If Elon Musk (or anybody related to him) ought to learn this, please word that Mikes Rant is an opinion piece. Maybe sending him a model new Mannequin S Tesla (without spending a dime) may change his opinion of Elon Musk, however both approach, his opinion might not mirror that of eTeknix as an entire!

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