Book Review: Elon Musk- Inventing the Future

Elon Musk is often compared with Tony Stark from Iron Man
Elon Musk is often compared with Tony Stark from Iron Man

It’s been a while that I posted anything on the blog(It’s almost 2 months actually ). It’s annoying not to write anything but whom do I blame ? There has been so much to write about.  There were trips to Kochi, Mumbai Chennai, Colombo, Kathmandu, Mysore and others. I read some good books, met some old friends, the whether in Bangalore is no more killing me and I can finally say that I have settled in the new city and in my new role in the organization.

However I am here to write about Elon Musk and the brilliant book that features his life, his personality and his path making Companies. Written by the Silicon Valley journalist Ashlee Vance ( not related Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration 😛 ), this book captures Elon Musk as no one has done before- capturing his achievements, failure, personality, ignorance, arrogance and most above his innovations.

Elon is the seasoned entrepreneur, who before making his name in the ground breaking companies like SpaceX, Tesla Motors & Solar City, had successfully co-founded Paypal. The journey and the background behind each of these companies are a great eye-opener for many who aspires to be put the dent in the universe with their innovation.

[Bonus Read : Did you know that Musk proposed to revolutionize the Urban Transportation by introducing the Concept of Hyperloops. Here is the analysis of his proposal . ]

Many have compared Musk with Steve Jobs of Apple- maybe because they are both very out of the line personalities. The Musk’s companies have challenged the major established sectors and their leaders. the way no one has done before. While most of the new start-ups in recent years have challenged the  Information, gaming or Web/Mobile services, Musk have created companies that are actually making the tangible changes in the sectors like automobiles, Space Exploration and power. With him in the driving seat, these companies have grown faster and bigger than anyone had expected. His Silicon Valley style of enterprising has shaken the big names in these respective industries.

However, this book is not only about the business side of Musk. Ashlee also covers Musk’s extraordinary journey from the troubled childhood from South Africa to his struggling days to Canada to his initial days in USA. Also, there is insights  on his personal life, general behavior, relationships and marriages.

Overall, it is a great book to read and I highly recommend it to people who enjoy business biographies and technology related books. Also, if you enjoyed Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson then it is your natural pick. I rated Elon Musk- Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance 4 out of 5 stars in goodreads.

 

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