Elon Musk’s employees check his Twitter feed upon awakening to judge his mood, and staffers at Tesla flood the mercurial CEO with budget requests if a SpaceX launch is successful—but shelter in place if a rocket fails, according to a lengthy new profile of the entrepreneur by Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton. Vanity Fair reports Tesla staff pay attention to developments at SpaceX, and vice versa, because it affects how Musk, the third-richest person on the planet, with a fortune estimated at around $94 billion as of Wednesday, treats them afterward. “On launch days, you have everyone at Tesla tuned in to see if the launch is successful, not because we are vested in the rockets, but because it directly impacts Elon’s mood for the next few days,” a Tesla executive told Vanity Fair. “If there was a failure on a launch, there’d be hell to pay; you didn’t want to have a phone call set up with Elon afterward.” A former staffer also told Vanity Fair that they check Musk’s Twitter account every morning to try and divine his mood. “We all wake up and look at it every day, thinking, ‘Oh, God, now what?’ You really had no idea… Read full this story
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