When American justice reveals the contents of Elon Musk’s phone – rts.ch

In the trial between US billionaire Elon Musk and Twitter, the Delaware State Court of Chancery made public several hundred emails and SMS in which he exchanges with leading technology experts. The report reveals some juicy behind-the-scenes details of the acquisition. Insightful messages about Silicon Valley culture.

Ellon Musk, the billionaire who says no. But who ends up doing it? The Tesla and SpaceX boss has again offered to buy Twitter for the price agreed in April. A decision made under the pressure of lawsuits brought by the social network, to force her to honor her commitments. A saga with several twists that will probably last a long time.

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There are countless comments, hypotheses and analyzes about Elon Musk’s motivations. Will he buy Twitter for $44 billion? What are your hidden plans? What will his strategy be?

Since hundreds of emails and SMS were made public by the Delaware Court of Chancery, in the context of the lawsuit that opposes it to Twitter, is the end of the suspense: there was no strategy.

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Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, bought Twitter for $44 billion. Natalie Bougeard’s didactics. / TTC (All taxes included) / 2 min. / May 2, 2022

In the report made public, we discover the written exchanges (SMS, email, private messages on Twitter) of the Tesla boss with great technology experts such as Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the press group Axel Springer, with Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle , or the business angel (note: investor) Jason Calacanis, following the announcement of the acquisition.

Unimaginative and sycophantic

We imagined them powerful, but we discovered a boy club with schoolgirl humor that dares servile messages, excessive flings and casual flattery.

The very zealous investor Jason Calacanis writes, “You have my allegiance, you have my sword.” He sends dozens of messages until 3 am with ideas to “change the world”.

For his part, Mathias Döpfner, president of the press group Axel Springer (owner of L’Illustré and TV 8 in French-speaking Switzerland), offers the American billionaire to simply run Twitter instead.

He would like to see it become “the backbone of free speech, an open marketplace for ideas that conform to the spirit of the First Amendment, to move business to a model supported by advertising and subscriptions.”

In his plan, the CEO wants to “regulate freedom of expression”, reducing the terms of use of several hundred pages, today he has only three points: Twitter users can use this service to send spam and deceive other users, promote the violence, posting illegal pornography. All this followed by an “upside down” emoji. Did you catch the irony?

An example text message from Axel Springer Press Group CEO Mathias Döpfner addressed to Elon Musk.  [DR - Rapport Cour du Delaware]An example text message from Axel Springer Press Group CEO Mathias Döpfner addressed to Elon Musk. [DR – Rapport Cour du Delaware]

break the image

We are far from the image we have of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, who we thought were masters of calibrated transactions.

A world of brilliant geeks who make us the promise of artificial intelligence and the metaverse.

Exchange between Elon Musk and Larry Ellison about the acquisition of Twitter.  [DR - Cour de Delaware]Exchange between Elon Musk and Larry Ellison about the acquisition of Twitter. [DR – Cour de Delaware]

Sometimes we give them a dark glow, often malevolence. In a message, Musk asks Larry Ellison, head of Oracle (a software provider), if he wants to invest in Twitter. “Yeah, sure, that would be fun,” he said. “A billion… or whatever you recommend.” “2 billion or more if you can,” replies the Tesla boss. It feels like a poker night with friends. With billions of chips on the table.

Silicon Valley style

Being on Elon Musk’s phone therefore means understanding the culture of the San Francisco Bay, where the center of high-tech industries is located. We better understand the culture of ostentation. Also cheating. “Fake it until it works” – fake it until it works”.

It is on this principle that Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes was convicted of fraud earlier this year. She, who proposed a system that should revolutionize the blood test market, which would allow up to 200 analyzes from a single drop of blood taken from the fingertip. Her Theranos business was valued at $9 billion. But it was a big farce.

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Cheating and especially this idea of ​​creating a product that does not meet market demand. To then impose it by saying that it is “disruptive” and “innovative”. Two words that have a Pavlovian effect among investors in the valley.

When UBER’s competitor Lyft service introduced its new Lyft Shuttle service, which replaced individual cars with minivans following predetermined routes, one netizen tweeted, “It’s a bus. You invented a bus.” Disruptive, that’s it!

The tech industry has changed our lives, with inventions that make it easier: smartphones, internet from space, as Elon Musk does with Starlink. It’s disruptive, evolution is fast and positive too.

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