Did Texas change Elon Musk?
Elon Musk has quite a run – and he’s just starting to get carried away. Musk is now considering bring in partners on his high-profile bid for Twitter after the company adopted a poison pill maneuver to try to stop him from acquiring it. Musk was in Berlin, Germany in late March to oversee the opening of his new Gigafactory. Then, with a huge following, including his Cyber Rodeo, he launched a new Tesla Gigafactory in Austin last week.
Musk came on stage at the opening festivities of the $1.1 billion Austin factory in jeans, completing the outfit with a Western belt buckle and a black felt cowboy hat. He also has drove a prototype of the Cybertruck that fans are clamoring for.
Of course, Musk’s purchase of 9% of Twitter shares sparked a firestorm of speculation, debate and controversy. He was offered a seat on the board, which would have capped any Twitter stock purchase by Musk at 14.9%, and also tied him to a fiduciary role. Predictably, he declined that seat.
Musk took the stage Thursday at TED2022 in Vancouver and was introduced by TED Talks manager Chris Anderson as the “greatest visionary of them all.” It happened the same day Musk offered to buy Twitter for $43 billion, seeking 100% ownership of the social media platform.
All this in a day’s work for the richest human being in the world?
Musk showed up for his TED talk wearing a white button-up shirt and a navy blue suit with a long coat. Her shoe choice was a pair of rope-style black boots. It looks like Texas is making a real impression on one of the most interesting, eccentric, and powerful men on the planet.
Musk officially moved Tesla’s operations from California to Texas in December 2021, and his SpaceX flights are launching from Boca Chica, Texas, very close to the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border. It is also where Elon Musk has a home— a modular mini-house near the SpaceX test site.
When asked why he made the massive takeover bid to acquire Twitter during the TED Live interview, Musk replied, “Well, I think that’s really important to . . . let it be an inclusive arena for free speech.Twitter has become the city’s de facto square.
“It’s really important that people have the reality and the perception that they are able to speak freely within the confines of the law.”
Musk’s personal Twitter account has 81.7 million followers and growing. He is one of the biggest stars on the platform.
“One of the things I think Twitter should do is open up the algorithm and make changes to people’s tweets, whether they’re boosted or muted, that action needs to be made apparent,” Musk said. . “That way everyone could see that action has been taken. So there is no manipulation behind the scenes, either algorithmically or manually.
“It is important for the functioning of democracy. It is important for the United States as a free country, and for many other countries, and to help freedom in the world, more broadly than the United States. I think so. . . the civilizational risk is diminished if Twitter. . . the more we increase the trust of Twitter as a public platform.
Musk prides himself on being a risk taker (creating Tesla and achieving mass production ―something no other electric vehicle company in the United States has achieved – and literally reaching for the stars with SpaceX).
In trying to take control of Twitter, which is still considered a long shot by most analysts, Musk achieved it again.
“Technically, I can afford it,” Musk says of trying to buy Twitter. “I don’t care about the economy at all.”
A lot conservatives party Musk’s push to try to buy Twitter.
“A good sign for whether there is free speech is: does someone you don’t like have the right to say something you don’t like?” Musk said. “And if that’s the case, then we have freedom of speech.”
Musk’s other plans for Twitter, including removing scams and bots. And maybe add an edit button. Musk knows he’s controversial.
“I’m a little mixed,” he says, describing himself.
To say Elon Musk is motivated is an understatement. He recalled the time he spent living in a factory and sleeping on the floor for a good three years, just to get the Tesla Model 3 into production, in his TED Talk interview. Musk says Tesla has constantly hovered on the brink of bankruptcy. As he teetered on the edge of sanity.
“At this point, I think I know more about manufacturing than anyone living on earth right now,” Musk says.
The TED Talk interview walked through Musk’s vision for a sustainable energy future, and how his spray affects his thought process. Musk thinks it shaped him. Since he wasn’t intuitive with social cues, Musk says he became “book” in his youth. He says interpersonal communication can be a challenge because he takes people’s words very literally.
Musk describes his study of physics and computer science as being based on a curiosity for truth. “The why of things is very important,” he says.
Elon Musk is used to making things work the way he wants. Like many powerful Texans.