Founders Podcast #1 - Elon Musk

These are my personal notes on this episode of the Founders podcast, which I'd highly recommend, being one of my favourite podcasts exploring the biographies of notable people, past and present.

  • Risk: He put nearly all of his personal capital from acquisitions of his companies back into new companies that he was building. I don't believe most people would have done this
  • Dealing with stress: from someone who knew him well in the past - 'I've never seen anyone with his ability to take pain'. In 2008 in particular, he was being trashed by the press, his ex-wife was openly criticising him, and both of his companies were close to bankruptcy, and yet he was able to remain focused and make clear decisions.
  • Empathy: he is often seen to be aloof or uncaring, but some consider him to be empathetic towards humanity as a whole, rather than to individuals.