Excerpt from Time
Written by Kevin Kelleher
Elon Musk has a thing for moving fast. Back in 2000, according to a story Musk told in an interview with technology journalist Sarah Lacy, he was driving along California’s Sand Hill Road in his McLaren F1 with Peter Thiel, his co-founder at PayPal. When Thiel asked, “So what can this do?” Musk replied, “Watch this” and floored the car so hard it entered a tailspin before spiraling into a crash.
Both men emerged unscathed and hitchhiked their way to a meeting with venture firm Sequoia Capital. But the anecdote has renewed relevance this week because of Lacy’s follow-up question: “Is there a parallel with how you build companies and that story?” “I hope not,” Musk said, laughing. “That could be awkward with a rocket launch.”
Featured Image: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015 in Fremont, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)