What is Elon Musk good at?

Cisco / Eng greedyengr
Nov 11 49 Comments

Like, what are his skills? Would he be able to survive in tech as swe/product if he decided to join?

Adding Tesla/SpaceX tags, the below answers haven't yielded anything concrete.

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TOP 49 Comments
  • Amazon hsj23j
    What is he not good at??
    Nov 11 7
    • Amazon hsj23j
      He’s pretty good in programming. I believe he wrote X.com engine which was later purchased by PayPal.
      Nov 11
    • Amazon broke&dumb
      He had it easy - there was no leetcode in the days of x dot com.
      Nov 11
    • Microsoft / Eng cool-kid
      He sold his first game when he was 12 that he wrote in assembly
      Nov 11
    • SpaceX / Eng
      darkarchon

      SpaceX Eng

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      Management
      Nov 12
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      People. Schedule. Budgets. Quality. Engineering. Coherent Speach. Sobriety. Telling the truth.
      Nov 13
  • Micro Focus / Eng shiftzz
    He’s a good engineer but definitely not good enough to be a SWE at Cisco
    Nov 11 3
    • Amazon / Eng
      weeeeeeee

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      weeeeeeeemore
      Unfortunately true. Cisco’s bar is quite high.
      Nov 11
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      Nice..
      Nov 11
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      He is not an engineer.
      Nov 13
  • Google gewg
    I'd understand if you had asked this about Steve Jobs, but Elon? Seriously?
    Nov 11 7
    • Amazon tech69
      What's wrong with .NET?
      Nov 11
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      Read about the whole fiasco? He wasn't a good engineer as everyone claims him to be. Yes, he has built good products but that's not same.
      Nov 11
    • Amazon tech69
      What fiasco? Got any links? Being a 'good' engineer is not really relevant to delivering results and he delivers results
      Nov 11
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      He delivers results, yes, at the cost of people, bad engineering, and toxic pressure.
      Nov 11
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      You can read The PayPal Wars.
      Nov 11
  • Google louc
    He’s better at being Elizabeth Holmes than Elizabeth Holmes
    Nov 11 0
  • Google
    boo ohh

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    Public speaking
    Nov 11 4
    • Tesla / Ops
      Bigballer

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      Bigballermore
      Not sure if being sarcastic lol he’s surprisingly terrible at public speaking for his cult persona
      Nov 11
    • Intel kanye east
      yeah, he’s not very personable at all on the big stage. lots of “uhhs” and stuttering. public speaking is definitely not his strongpoint.
      Nov 11
    • Tesla / Eng 🐉⛈
      The awkwardness makes it endearing or authentic.
      Nov 11
    • ^ the real reason
      Nov 11
  • Microsoft Stewie1
    calling people pedophiles , firing people and offcourse staying married.
    Nov 11 0
  • Adobe / R&D
    Spidey™🕸️

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    He's good at reading books, tons of them. That's how he became the CTO of SpaceX
    Nov 11 2
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Didn’t he just buy them? He’s not doing any actual engineering
      Nov 11
    • @Adobe I’m not even sure if this is a bait or not 😂
      Nov 11
  • New
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    I think he is really good at doing multiple things together and staying focused in the face of uncertainties. Being able to do this 80 hours/week for years is commendable. Programming is one of the skills for making successful products. Hype(marketing) is a similar demanding skill.
    Nov 11 2
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      A sane comment.
      Nov 11
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      He's been caught lieing multiple times when he's bragged about how much he worked. He works hard but not really any harder than his average employee and definitely not as much as he boasts about on his Twitter.
      Nov 22
  • Northrop Grumman dWWk15
    Saying really, really dumb shit.
    Nov 11 1
    • SpaceX / Eng
      darkarchon

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      Word
      Nov 12
  • Visionary and leader.
    Nov 11 2
    • Microsoft / Product SerialPoop
      But not fit for CEO imho. Should be chief innovation officer or something. Don't think he understands how companies are supposed to run
      Nov 11
    • @serialPoop, you may be right, but whatever he is doing is working. If it wasn’t, he wouldn’t be such a legend, so maybe he’s not so wrong 🤷🏻‍♂️ idk, he may be unorthodox, but that’s not inherently bad.
      Nov 13
  • SpaceX BhCWrN
    Elon is good at seeing possibilities where other people think things are impossible, and working really hard to make those supposedly impossible things happen.

    That said, it can really suck to work for him.
    Nov 15 0
  • Amazon lahwq
    I think once in a rare while there comes someone with a vision of what could be rather than what is and with the ability to realize that vision.
    Nov 12 0
  • Flagged by the community.

  • Microsoft Teslanos
    Elon is the best at lying to investors to raise money for his cash burning businesses.
    Nov 12 0
  • Tesla abcd8
    SWE/Product? 😂 you must think extremely highly of you. Those are simple "tools" visionaries utilize to develop and sell.
    There are over 4 million software developers in the US alone.

    How many people in the US have the vision, grit, and brains to disrupt the "2" industries forever which were previously thought impossible to even penetrate by everyone and become market leaders? 1
    Nov 13 0
  • Wipro ETaI07
    He is good at taking risks
    Nov 11 0
  • Microsoft DedCntr
    Tweeting misinformation, profiting from it and still coming out unharmed.
    Nov 11 0
  • Why be a SWE when he can build up multiple billion dollar businesses?
    He has a following from prior successes which has built up trust to do bigger and bigger deals. He tackles very difficult an risky goals.
    Nov 11 0
  • New hesheit
    Are you kidding? regardless of his accomplishments, the guy was at Stanford for physics PhD. Being a swe/product @ wherever isn’t a super unique skill.. with all due respect. I’m sure he could do whatever he’d put his mind to. But he has bigger goals and vision
    Nov 11 2
    • Google louc
      For two days. It’s not like he finished the graduate program or anything.
      Nov 12
    • Microsoft Teslanos
      That cannot be confirmed. Source required
      Nov 12

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