A new chapter adds to the old dispute between two heavyweights of the so-called Big Tech: Elon Musk y Jeff Bezos. In the early morning of October 11, the CEO of Space X and Tesla responded to a tweet to Amazon’s with a message containing nothing but a silver medal, or second, in clear reference to the position it occupies in the ranking of the richest men in the world.
The exchange happened as a result of a inspirational message in which Jeff Bezos encouraged his followers to continue with their dreams and ideas despite adversity or what the environment says. He did so in reference to a 1999 magazine article Barron’s in which they criticized him severely and basically said that his companies would not succeed in the future.
That same day, Elon Musk had regained the top spot among the richest men on the planet with a net worth of $ 224 billion, as revealed by the Billionaires Index of Bloomberg. This coefficient depends on the value of company shares of each one, where one month appeared one ahead and the next the other.
Elon Musk stressed to Jeff Bezos through a tweet who is the second richest personality on the planet.
The difference with his immediate follower, Bezos, is 35 billion; the latter having a fortune valued at 189 billion dollars. True to form, Musk did not want the Amazon owner to forget where he is.
Musk vs. Bezos: the rivalry
This is not the first time that both have faced each other on social networks or through the media. At the end of September, the CEO of SpaceX referred Bezos to the top it for the first time on the Forbes list of most millionaires and, according to the same company, he sent them an email saying “I am going to send a giant statue of the digit ‘2 ′ to Jeffrey B., along with a silver medal”.
Also, on two other occasions, Musk singled out Amazon founder as a plagiarist. The first time in 2019, after Amazon announced its plans to send internet broadcast satellites into space that would compete with those of SpaceX. And the second was in 2020, after Bezos’s company made public the purchase of a company of cars that drive themselves, like those of Tesla.
In both situations, he responded to Bezos with an emoji of a cat, which refers to the English expression “copycat”; which means “copycat” in Spanish.
Elon Musk called on Twitter to dismantle the Amazon monopoly.
Musk also decided to play hard against Amazon for being a monopoly, mainly in the field of books, and declared in this regard: “Time to dismantle Amazon. Monopolies are wrong! ” -Amazon accounts for about 50% of all online book sales and almost three-quarters of e-book sales, according to the Codex Group company.
For his part, Bezos’ response revolved around Musk’s ambition to colonize Mars. Not only did he minimize his ambition to reach Mars – without first returning to the Moon – by calling it an “illusion”, but he also joked about his desire to live on the red planet.
“My friend who wants to go to Mars,” he said during a talk at the Wings Club in 2019 without naming Musk. “I tell you to do me a favor: go live to the top of Mount Everest for a year first and see if they like it, because it is a garden paradise compared to Mars ”.
But the rivalry of both men does not end in the merely economic, their companies also compete with each other. In the automotive industry, for example, after Bezos comprara Zoox, as well as in the space race. Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 and Bezos founded Blue Origin two years earlier.
Blue Origin examples punish Bezos
A group of former employees of Blue Origin, the space tourism company of mogul Jeff Bezos, criticized executive management and corporate culture supposedly “toxic” of the firm in a report published this Monday by The Washington Post, also owned by the founder of Amazon.
The Post cites an internal note written by a former executive before leaving his post and interviews with a score of workers or former workers on condition of anonymity, in which it is alleged that the leadership of Blue Origin is “authoritarian” and “dysfunctional” and it allows for sexist and demoralizing behavior.
“Our current culture is toxic to our success and many can see how it spreads across the company, “said a former executive leaving the firm in 2019 in the cited note, sent to Bezos and CEO Bob Smith, describing” systemic “issues and highlighting” the loss of confidence in leadership. from Blue “.
William Shatner, recognized worldwide for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, is part of the Blue Origin crew. Photo: AP.
These statements come in the midst of preparations for a new Blue Origins space flight in which the actor will travel. William Shatner, neither more nor less than the actor who gave life to the famous Captain Kirk in the science fiction series Star Trek.
The new mission was scheduled for this Tuesday, but for meteorological reasons it was moved to Wednesday, October 13.
Joining Shatner will be space engineer and lawyer Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, and two other crew members, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.