Elon Musk is public property. Will someone let him know?


Anyone who has founded a company that became even moderately successful will know what we're talking about. At some point in a company's development, the founder, the owner, the CEO - the responsible party and public face of that company - is no longer an entirely private citizen. That person can no longer do whatever what he or she wants to do. There are employees, customers, shareholders, partners, perhaps regulators, media, and others who interconnect you with the company. That means that your every move is rightfully subject to scrutiny. You are no longer you. You can no longer do whatever strikes your fancy. You must do what the company needs you to do. Elon Musk seems to think that he can simultaneously be the Elon he wants to be and the Elon that his company needs him to be. This is an irreconcilable that will ultimately implode.

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