Here’s to the Crazy Ones


Musk is undoubtedly the ‘craziest’ guy of our times. A child prodigy who made millions off his early ventures, an inventor who changed the way we transact (and travel), an investor who dared to stand against government agencies.

Today’s Needull is ironic as this week’s business newspapers are flooded with criticism of Elon Musk’s vision, as Tesla posted its eleventh straight quarterly loss. As the investors remain divided over Musk’s ‘visionary long-term approach’ and ‘complete lack of business acumen’, let’s read a book-excerpt from a 2015 book by Bloomberg columnist Ashlee Vance about the early progression of SpaceX and the outsized optimism of Musk. As you read about this guy’s obsession to send mice to space (and even breed while they are free-floating), you will realise that it’s indeed the crazy ones who change the world.

As a child, he had dreamed of rocket ships and space travel, devouring Heinlein, Asimov, and Douglas Adams. For most people, a triumph in Silicon Valley would be the goal. For Musk, it was a stepping stone.

Full book-excerpt here at Bloomberg.

Excerpted from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Published by Ecco, a division of HarperCollins © 2015 and available on Amazon.