It should come as no surprise that the well-heeled technology elite deemed Elon Musk to be the most admired executive for the second year in a row. What Warren Buffet is to investing and Tom Brady is to football, Elon Musk is to tech industry: the most celebrated maven in his field.
The second annual coronation of Musk as the king of tech came from a survey among startup founders. Organized by First Round Capital, the State of Startups conference brings together 700 founders from…
Musk may have his share of doubters, but when it comes to the most admired leaders in tech, he completely dominates his peers, according to a recent survey of attendees.
Tallying 23 percent of the write-in votes in First Round Capital’s annual State of Startups poll, Tesla’s Musk beat out Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who earned 10 percent, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, at six percent.
In case anyone forgot this is Silicon Valley, the most-cited female was Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who received a whopping one percent of the vote.
The Musk of the Future
Musk has come a long way from his humble origins to effectively embody the American dream. His career stands out because he’s consistently reinvested his profits from his last venture into new ventures. When most people would have taken their millions and run off to French Polynesia, Musk doubled down, got a kick ass hair transplant and started Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Solar City. All of these companies are revolutionary and have the power to change American life as we know it.
Of course, every hero has his tragic flaw. Luckily, those flaws seemed to be confined to his personal life, as that vaulting ambition doesn’t appear to work with relationships.
In the end, the other captains of tech pale in comparison to Musk, and they don’t garner the same respect that he does. Musk, the king of tech, and the living symbol of our increasingly unrecognizable world.
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