Survey Says: Elon Musk Is Most Admired Tech Leader Among Founders
Elon Musk beat out Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs as the most admired tech leader among 700 founders surveyed by VC firm First Round Capital. Twenty-three percent of founders wrote in the SpaceX and Tesla CEO's name when asked whom they admired the most; 10 percent said Bezos, 6 percent said Zuckerberg and only 5 percent of respondents wrote in Jobs.
(That's a lot compared to the mere 1 percent who wrote in Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg -- the most cited female among founders.)
The survey was published just weeks after Tesla reported a relatively stellar quarter for only the second time in its history as a public company. Musk is certainly nothing if not ambitious, but it is exactly his lofty ambitions that often get the better of him.
Tesla has a track record of consistently missing production and shipping deadlines for its vehicles (see: Example A, example B). The company has since ramped up its production and says it's still on track to meet its goal of shipping 50,000 cars in the second half of 2016. But Musk has another aggressive goal he set for himself: Begin production on the upward of 300,000 preordered Model 3s by the end of 2017.
At the unveiling earlier this year, Musk said he was confident Tesla will be able to begin production as planned. But it's the first time the company has had to produce and distribute a vehicle at this volume. Tesla's luxury vehicles - the Roadster, the Model S and the Model X - have all been low-volume businesses and intentionally so.
Even when preorders were just at 198,000, Musk suggested the company will have to change how it plans to build the car:
Definitely going to need to rethink production planning...
-- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2016
But forgetting Musk's earthly ambitions, the SpaceX CEO wants to begin colonizing Mars by 2024. In fact, Musk hopes he can send the first unmanned crew to the red planet by 2018. But just weeks after the executive revealed some of the details of how he planned to do that, one of SpaceX's rockets exploded and the company is still not sure why.
The company did just announce plans to launch on Dec. 16 the first rocket since the explosion.
That said, SpaceX has been striking deals with NASA left and right to do things like launch satellites that will monitor the earth's surface water and, in turn, climate change. It's a doubly important task for the company because for one, Donald Trump wants to defund any climate change efforts and two, the money from the NASA deal could go toward funding Musk's Mars ambitions.
This is all to say, sure, Elon Musk is ambitious -- admirable, even. But like all mere mortals, he has his failings.
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Posted: 2016-12-09 @ 7:48am PT
Elon Musk is one of the leaders in the impending Colonization of the Moon and the Space where he is suspected to plan to extract the rare minerals needed for his technologies from the Moon. Have a look at Google Lunar Xprize where private companies are confirmed to land the Moon in 2017.
They say: "The Moon is a treasure chest of rare metals and other beneficial materials that can be used here on Earth." If they land on the Moon, all life on earth will be affected as the Moon is responsable for all life on Earth. The Traditional Mohawk Council is available for anyone wanting to learn more about this situation.
I act as liaison for the Traditional Mohawk Council and we would very much like to have the opportunity to meet with you via Skype (they are based in Khanawake territory) for you to write an article about this. They have a very strong and scientifically proven case showing we must stay off the Moon.
We flew to Guadalajara last September to attend 2 conventions: the International Astronautical Convention (where Elon Musk was present, almost overpowering all that was happening there) and the Space Generation Advisory Council.
On September 20th, we presented to the Space Generation Advisory Council's Executive Director Ms Minoo Rathnasabapathy and her co-Chair Ali Nasseri. Ms Rathnasabapathy said that it was foundamental knowledge that was shared with them.
We also spoke with the astronaut Ronnie Nader from the Ecuardorian Space Agency, a key persona at the United Nations that is invloved in all actual and future decisions relating to the space and moon colonization. What he shared with us was simply alarming.
We also could assess that 99% of all the kiosks present on the exhibition floor were against any mining on the Moon.
We have a lot to say about this situation that we find extremely worrying.
Liaison Two Row Wampum for the Tradtional Mohawk Council