Musk’s fans may see him as a clean energy pioneer, SpaceX rocket man and Hyperloop visionary who makes big bets to benefit mankind. Under the veil of entrepreneurial do-gooder, we see a master manipulator who pushes the limits of media hype Opens a New Window.and financial engineering to get what he wants.
While the native South African has proven remarkably tenacious in bringing his visions to life, when it comes to time and capital, he seems to have a serious blind spot that leads to chronic overpromising and under-delivering. He has admitted to being overly optimistic Opens a New Window., but the problem is far more systemic and concerning than just that.
Iconic tech pioneers like Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Larry Ellison all had notable dark sides, but they overcame their issues and built enormously successful growth companies whose products changed our lives. And they created company cultures capable of sustaining that legacy for decades to come.
To join that elite group, Musk must do the same. He has his work cut out for him.