Book review: Elon Musk, Tesla Paypal and spacex by ashlee Vance

Executive summary:

  • A great book, because it includes several great stories and anecdotes that teach how companies are build
  • Interesting insights into the empire of Elon Musk and the digital transformation of the world
  • Very motivational. If you have a bad day - the right read for you!

Here a Link to the book in English.

Here a link to the book in German.

Here a link to the book in Spanish.


Full book review: To be honest at the beginning, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from reading this book by Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk is a great figure, a very famous entrepreneur but whose concepts sometimes seem impossible. His ideas seem to be a mix of reality and fantasy. Nevertheless his impressive success speaks for itself. His vision, plans and execution to tackle the growing problems of mankind with revolutionary developments such as Tesla was a slap in the face to all those who didn’t trust nor believed in him. I read the biography of a man whose ingenious innovations and efforts could inspire entrepreneurs. So, I immediately fell in love with the book.


However it showed the struggles any author has when attempting to write the biography of a person who refused to have one, in our case Elon Musk. From the start it showed the struggles Ashlee Vance had to go through writing this book - until Elon Musk approved the biography during a notable diner.


The thing I love the most about this book is the fact that it beautifully combines many aspects that makes it so much more than a simple biography. It’s easy to read with many valuable lessons for everybody.  Elon Musk wanted to push the progress of mankind - and just did it. He did not found one company that disrupted an industry, but several: Paypal, SpaceX, Solar City and Tesla. One thing I did not know, was that it is his goal to make mankind a multiplanetary species and to popularize other planets. In addition he pushes alternative types of energy. His ideas with Tesla and Solar City seemed to be far-fetched but he’s not failed to deliver the extraordinary. For me it's just impressive that a single person, even with large staff, is capable to reinvent and disrupt several industries at the same time: the car industry with Tesla and the space industry with SpaceX. 


To conclude I recommend this book. It shows the life and lessons learned of a brilliant man. Ultimately, we all face different challenges but the attitude we choose may be deceive. The biography of Elon Musk demonstrates the attitude and actions of a winner. 


Here a Link to the book in German.

Here link to the book in English.

Here a link to the book in Spanish.


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