Elon Musk’s career path is, of course, well known, as he is one of the richest people on the planet, as well as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. But while we may know where he studied and worked, the places from which he was rejected remain a little more mysterious. But thanks to a Twitter user’s revelation earlier this week, we learned that Musk struggled to find a job at an Internet company in the 1990s and tried and failed to get a position at Netscape in 1995.
As the story goes, in 1995 Musk he wanted to work with Netscape, an Internet, software, and telecommunications company founded in 1994, and that he had even shared his resume with recruiters. It turns out, however, that he did not get the job. A Twitter the user, @PPathole, shared this story on the micro-blogging site with a photo of a younger-looking Musk, adding that Musk was starting his own internet company while struggling to organize a concert.
“In 1995, @elonmusk wanted to work with an Internet company, he applied for a job at Netscape, sent his resume, tried to hang out in their lobby, but was too shy to talk to anyone. That’s why he created his own internet company (Zip2), because he couldn’t find a job anywhere, “the user wrote. In a second tweeting, the user added, “@elonmusk and its companies (Tesla,, SpaceX,, Neuralink, Boring) that’s why I feel inspired and excited about the future of this humanity. “
In 1995 @elonmusk he wanted to work with an internet company, he applied for a job at Netscape, sent in his resume, tried to hang out in their lobby, but was too shy to talk to anyone. So he set up his own internet company (Zip2), as he couldn’t find a job anywhere. pic.twitter.com/YRSKobvKAj
– Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) April 20, 2021
Little did he know that the third richest man on the planet would take his tweet into account and even respond to it. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX corrected his fans by saying that he could find a job, but simply not in an internet company. Musk added that there was not much then.
I could find a job, but not in an internet company (there weren’t many then)
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 21, 2021
Now, if you follow Musk on Twitter, you know that he is an absolute champion of market tips, memes and weird answers on social media. Musk’s response went viral with more than 89,000 people liking his tweet. Many praised the billionaire for how far he has come in his life since that day.
“This proves that one cannot find a job on the spot, it does not mean that one does not have the potential. Tesla costs much more than Netscape,” said a user.
This proves that one cannot find a job on the spot, it does not mean that one does not have potential. Tesla costs much more than Netscape.
– Daval (del_rl) April 21, 2021
“Now I bet they want to hire you,” said another.
Now I bet they want to hire you.
– Ali from Ramadan Mubarak (@ Ali_Tesla585) April 21, 2021
“Look where you are now and what you have achieved, everything turned out for the best,” wrote another fan of Tesla’s CEO.
See where you are now and what you have achieved, everything has turned out for the best.
– Wonderful Butterfly (@ MD4life23) April 21, 2021
Here are some more reactions:
What a nice way to say “I wasn’t stupid, I just didn’t want to do boring things” 🙂
– Martin Böckman (@Real_Farming) April 21, 2021
From job search to billionaire! only in America ????????
– Mounir Elkhair (@ElkhairMounir) April 22, 2021
Hey Elon, thanks for the clarification … but you won a man, enjoy
– fatrobz (@FatRobs) April 21, 2021
Elon Musk was battle for the position from the richest man on the planet with Jeff Bezos from Amazon, and according to Forbes he is currently the third richest, behind Bezos and Bernard Arnault & Family from LMVH. According to a report, Musk’s wealth increased by nearly five times during the last year.
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