Elon Musk has advice for Jeff Bezos.
The two tech tycoons are the richest man in the world and the second richest man in the world respectively.
At one point they both gave the impression that they did not agree on anything and especially that they were opposed to each other. But for the past few weeks, it seems the two tech moguls have been liking each other. At least the CEO of Tesla (TSLA) – Get the Tesla Inc report and the former CEO of Amazon (AMZN) – Get the report from Amazon.com, Inc. decided to rebel against the politicians.
They have recently emerged as opponents of the Biden administration’s economic policies and specifically the White House’s responses to inflation, which is at its highest in 40 years.
Tesla and Amazon also have in common that they are anti-union strongholds. But President Biden is a supporter of unions.
Musk and Bezos also seem concerned about growing homelessness in big cities like San Francisco and Seattle. They believe the private sector can provide part of the answer.
Is Bezos “a good person?”
However, these rapprochements do not prevent the two men from being rivals. And Musk seems to need this rivalry, a healthy rivalry in the conquest of space with Bezos in particular. He has just scolded his billionaire peer by asking him to make an important choice. It all started with a poll that the serial entrepreneur organized on Twitter asking users of the social network if they trusted billionaires less than politicians.
This was followed by questions from users, including a very interesting question about Bezos.
“Do you think Bezos is (generally) a good person?” a user asked the tycoon.
As often, the latter responded directly and with the outspokenness which is one of the important elements of the Musk brand.
“He’s fine, I guess,” Musk said.
He then took the opportunity to send a wave of criticism to Bezos.
“Looks like he’s been spending a lot of time in the hot tub these days,” he added, probably referring to Press articles in the tabloids reporting on Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez’s vacation in St. Barths.
“If he wants to get into orbit, less partying and more work would be desirable,” Musk concluded.
Bezos has yet to respond as of this writing.
Musk and Bezos share a common passion: space.
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They both aspire to make the Moon and Mars habitable. But it is this common will that crystallizes the rivalry between the two tycoons. They thus clash via SpaceX (Musk) and Blue Origin (Bezos), blow for blow. But the advantage of this rivalry is positive for the conquest of space and Musk is aware of it. This is what must undoubtedly explain his acerbic criticism of Bezos.
Last month, Amazon announced agreements with Blue Origin, Arianespace and United Launch Alliance to provide launch services for Project Kuiper, Amazon’s internet space initiative.
Blue Origin will contribute to Amazon’s plan to build a network of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to provide global Internet service. Project Kuiper is similar to SpaceX’s own Starlink program, which calls for tens of thousands of small satellites to deliver high-speed internet.
Starlink is currently well ahead of Project Kuiper, with more than 2,400 satellites already in orbit. Amazon’s version has not yet launched any satellites.
But the future seems to smile at Blue Origin.
Last month, NASA selected six satellite companies – including Musk’s SpaceX and Project Kuiper – to develop space communication services in Earth orbit.
In March, NASA said it planned a second commercial project to develop a moon landing system to transport astronauts to and from the lunar surface.
Musk vs. Gates
This is a unique opportunity for the company, which had deposit a protest last year with the US Government Accountability Office after NASA awarded a $2.9 billion lunar landing system contract to SpaceX.
If Musk wants a healthy rivalry with Bezos, that’s not the case with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The boss of Tesla always do not understand that Gates has bypassed the premium electric vehicle maker.
Selling stocks short is a bet that the price of the stock will go down.
He thus returned to this subject which has been bothering him for a few weeks.
“Since Gates still has a multi-billion dollar short stance against Tesla while claiming to be contributing to global warming, I guess I also have trust issues with him,” the billionaire commented on an article by the conservative author. Brigette Gamble.
In her tweet, Gamble said she doesn’t trust Bill Gates.
Musk added that: Gates had an initial short position of $500 million in Tesla, “but then Tesla went up a lot, so now it’s $1.5-2 billion to close it.”
Tesla stock is down 28.1% since January at $759.63.
“I don’t think that being short or long Tesla is a statement about how serious you are about climate change,” Gates said. said in early May on attacks by Musk, who thinks Tesla’s short-circuit is a blow to Gates’ environmental credibility.
“I invest billions of dollars in climate change innovation, I applaud Tesla’s role in fighting climate change,” Gates added.
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