July 27, 2021

The Only Reason SpaceX Works (Gwynne Shotwell)

John Coogan
Join my community at http://JohnCoogan.com (enter your email) A few years ago I was talking with a venture capitalist and asked him “how does Elon manage to run two companies?” He straight up told me “Elon doesn’t run SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell runs SpaceX.” It was kind of a funny moment and I thought I would share the story in more detail here. To be clear, Elon still plays a really critical role at SpaceX, but his most impactful move was probably empowering Gwynne to make SpaceX actually deliver all of these crazy goals. ABOUT JOHN COOGAN: I am the co-founder of http://soylent.com and http://lucy.co, both of which were funded by Y Combinator (Summer 2012 and Winter 2018). I've been an entrepreneur for nearly a decade across multiple companies. I've done a lot of work in silicon valley, so that's mostly what I talk about. I've raised over 10 rounds of venture capital totaling over $100m in total funding. I work mostly in tech-enabled consumer packaged goods, meaning I use software to make the best products possible and then deliver them to the widest possible audience. I'm a big fan of machine learning, python programming, and motion graphics. OTHER VIDEOS: How Oculus VR & Anduril Founder Palmer Luckey Revolutionizes Dead Industries - https://youtu.be/zVLcoJS4fCg The Saga of Naval Ravikant (Founder of AngelList) - https://youtu.be/BtLFa9pEaDo The Saga of Chamath Palihapitiya (SPAC Investor) - https://youtu.be/KFslVD3t_Oo CONTACT: You can get in touch with me via Twitter: https://twitter.com/johncoogan Disclaimer: This video is purely my opinion and should not be regarded as a primary source. I am not a financial advisor and this is not a recommendation to buy or sell securities. Always do your own due diligence.
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