June 1, 2016

Be Like Jeff!

I got into a Facebook spat (Moi?) with a brilliant and liberty loving friend about an Elon Musk meme. The meme ended with "Be like Elon."

I failed to convince her that the subsidies given Musk's companies are fundamentally different in direction and amplitude from others. "GM gets $3.8 Billion" retorts a link. That's 200 a car and wrapped in deep accounting voodoo sez me.against an out and out 7500 bribe to each purchaser -- plus a bunch of extra voodoo.

I don't think I won, but I went for the fabled last word today with a link to this:

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, live at Code Conference 2016

Be like Jeff.

Amazon Posted by John Kranz at June 1, 2016 4:46 PM

May I request the "cheat code" for this hour-plus video? I'm 12 minutes in and not getting it.

Posted by: johngalt at June 1, 2016 7:02 PM

The dancing girls come on about 14:05, you should've stuck with it.

No, it is pretty dry. I'm an Amazon fan and present Bezos as an exemplary corporate leader, something of a Hank Rearden of our time. He offers visionary looks at AI, space, retail and entertainment. He's a bright guy but I offer no mind bending quotes.

Posted by: Jk at June 2, 2016 8:14 AM

I got to 23 something before I had to leave. I was expecting some mention of government mandates or subsidies or something, and how it's actually possible to be a business success WITHOUT them.

Naah, nobody would believe that.

Posted by: johngalt at June 2, 2016 2:36 PM

He talked about space exploration starting around 42:00, and about Elon Musk around 49:00.

Posted by: johngalt at June 2, 2016 5:36 PM

He is asked about Donald Trump at 1:02.

Bezos restricted his response to Trump's effort to "freeze or chill the media who are examining him." "With Kay Graham as my role model, I'm very happy to let any of my body parts go through a big fat wringer, if need be."

Posted by: johngalt at June 2, 2016 5:53 PM

Elon Musk's is out today. He's a bright guy, but more James Taggert if Bezos is Hank Reardon.

Posted by: jk at June 2, 2016 6:15 PM

His space stuff is cool, gotta admit that.

And, I forgot The link.

Posted by: jk at June 2, 2016 6:29 PM

Okay, I'm a grouch. Musk is smart and charming. His addiction to the gub'mint teat is disturbing, but this interview show his best side.

Posted by: jk at June 2, 2016 7:24 PM

Looks like that's the Bezos link again, brah.

Posted by: johngalt at June 3, 2016 3:30 PM

Link fixed, thanks! Quick warning: when you click it it comes on very loud and includes some NSFW language as they are setting up.

Posted by: jk at June 3, 2016 4:25 PM | What do you think? [10]