One story that tells you everything you need to know about working for Elon Musk

Elon Musk runs two big, crazy companies: Tesla and SpaceX.

At SpaceX, he has a strong operator, Gwynne Shotwell, who makes life easier. At Tesla, he has no number 2.

But, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been looking.

According to Ashlee Vance, author of the fantastic book on Musk, Musk has been interviewing “some really high profile names” for a year and a half trying to find the right person.

But, Musk isn’t ready to cede control to someone just yet, so he hasn’t hired anyone just yet.

This makes sense. Musk is a highly involved CEO who attends to the most minute details. He’s also pretty tough to work for.

Vance says one of the funniest moments of his life is when he visited Musk at the Tesla offices on a Saturday. The parking lot was filled with cars. Vance noted that there were a lot of people working for a weekend. Musk’s said there used to be more people working on Saturdays. Musk added, “I was just going to send out an email. We’re f—ing soft.”

That pretty much sums up what someone can expect working for Musk. He’s hard charging and working at Tesla and SpaceX aren’t easy.

Vance was a guest on the podcast I do with New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo. We talked about Tesla’s new car, the Model X, as well as Musk’s reaction to Vance’s book. If you’re interested at all in Musk, it’s worth a listen.

And, you should buy Vance’s book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes here. Or just look for it in your favourite podcast app under “Jay and Farhad”. Here’s an RSS link to the show. We use SoundCloud as a host, so you can listen to the show over there, too.

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