Summer is a time for reading. We feature two books that have currently found interest in our firm.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Eaton Vance Elon Musk, the South African who attended university in Canada and founded companies such as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla, is featured in this biography which covers over 40 hours of interviews with Musk. This book is a must read for any aspiring entrepreneur as Musk’s vision, innovation, and work ethic are discussed. The author quotes the venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Elon’s partner at PayPal, on the emphasis and time spent on social media: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”
Making the Modern World, by Vaclav Smil Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, calls historian Smil “probably his favorite living author,” whose every work is a must-read thanks to his clear vision and nuanced thinking. In this book, writes Gates, “Smil examines the materials we use to meet the demands of modern life, like cement, iron, aluminum, plastic, and paper. The book is full of staggering statistics.”