The internet’s shittiest billionaire has a new complaint to manage after a former employee of his first company told the BBC that Musk would lose his mind when workers weren’t still working after 9pm.
The Elon Musk Story, which I can assure you I SHAN’T be bothering to watch, interviews Musk’s family, friends, employees, and, indeed, even enemies, to detail his rise to embarrassing riches. The first episode aired in the UK on Wednesday evening.
Jim Ambras, a vice-president at Zip2, Musk’s first company, said that Musk would prowl the office “looking to see who was sitting at their cubes, and there weren’t many people sitting at their cubes – it was 9 p.m.”
Ambras went on, telling the documentarians, “And his face turned red, he was really angry that the entire company wasn’t there in the office at 9 o’clock at night.”
Zip2 provided online city guide software to newspapers and was founded by Musk and his brother Kimbal in 1995. It was purchased by Compaq in 1999 to help its AltaVista search engine. Elon and Kimbal made millions on the deal.
Branden Spikes, a systems engineer at Zip2, also participated in the documentary. He said Musk was an “unusual fellow” who would often work so late he slept under his desk. Spikes also said Musk was a “know it all” who believed he knew “just about everything about everything.”
Musk’s mother, Maybe, also appears. She told the documentarians that she had trouble waking him up in the morning when he was young because he had a tendency to stay up late reading.
Musk currently runs Tesla and SpaceX as well as Neuralink and The Boring Company. He is also on a weird quest to buy Twitter because his feelings got hurt. That endeavor is currently playing out in the legal system.