Elon Musk thinks Male Employees Should Miss Their Children's Births: New Biography
A new biography of Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX founder who had most recently introduced a potentially game-changing home battery, has some pretty damning details about Musk's views and managerial style.
The biography has been written by Bloomberg technology reporter Ashlee Vance. The Washington Post and Business Insider have reported that the biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future includes more than a few memorable quotes.
Musk reportedly told a potential investor that his mentality is that of a samurai. He said that he would rather commit seppuku than failing.
Since 2000, Musk has a strong anti-vacation stance as he nearly died from a malaria infection he got then following a trip to South Africa and Brazil. He said that it was a lesson for him for taking a vacation: vacation will kill you.
Musk seems to harbor rather robotic ideas about dating. He reportedly said, "I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend.
The quote that people are really seizing on is the one that concerns an email to an unnamed Tesla employee who had reportedly asked for time off to be at the birth of his child.
Musk supposedly wrote that it was no excuse. He wrote that he was extremely disappointed and told the employee that the employee needs to figure out where his priorities are. He mentioned that they are changing the world and changing history, and one either commits or you don't.
This has sounded like some kind of terrible violation of some kind, and has put Musk somewhere deep in Ayn Rand land.
There is a possibility that it could be Musk's latest bit of Swiftian satire, you know?