Are You A Software Engineer? If So, Elon Musk Wants YOU!

Elon Musk

Would you like to get away from it all? Forget about family and friends for a while? Do you enjoy spending day after day staring at a computer screen? Do you think sunshine and fresh air are overrated? If so, you will probably enjoy working for Elon Musk personally.

Cool. Tesla is pushing ahead with its autonomous driving systems, and plans on making cars that can actually drive themselves without human intervention. Musk has said he expects fully autonomous cars to be on the market within 3 years, according to Tech Crunch. At present, state laws require that a human driver have ultimate control over all cars, even those with sophisticated systems like Tesla’s Autopilot suite that permits automatic lane changes, crash avoidance and self parking functions.

Maybe you’re not a gear head with gasoline in your veins. That’s OK. Tesla can still use you. But be warned. If you do this, you are going to be interviewed by Elon Musk personally. Better bring your A game.

When Elon Musk says something is a “super high priority,” it means that 20 hour days will be the norm until the objective is reached. Reports of his obsessive compulsive personality are legion. He drives himself mercilessly and expects those who work for him to do so as well. Many former employees report that Musk often makes impossible demands, then redoubles his requirements when those demands aren’t met. In other words, the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for — you just might get it,” pertains if you decide to work directly for Elon.

So, what is this new push for a more advanced Tesla Autopilot and fully autonomous cars all about? That’s a secret, but we can make some educated guesses. During the 3rd quarter conference call with investors, Musk was asked quite pointedly by Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas whether Tesla is planning to build and operate its own fleet of self driving cars to preempt Uber. For once, the normally ebullient Musk was at a loss for words and remained strangely silent even when pressed by Jonas. Sometimes what isn’t said is just as important as what is.

No matter what is going on inside Elon’s fertile mind, one thing is for certain. Tesla intends to be at the forefront of the autonomous car revolution whenever it comes and whatever form it takes. Those who take Musk up on his offer may not see the sun for a few years, but they probably will be very paid pretty well for their service.


Steve Hanley

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