Long before 49-year-old Elon Musk made his name in the world of technology as the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, he was rejected by an American computer services company that he had applied for after his graduation.
A Twitter user named Pranay Pathole shared a throwback photo of the billionaire entrepreneur captioning it, “In 1995, @elonmusk wanted to work with an Internet company.” The factoid stated how he was rejected for a role at Netscape and was also too shy to talk to anyone there, which led to him starting a web software company named Zip2.
I could get a job, just not at an Internet company (weren’t many back then)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 21, 2021
Responding to the little throwback post, Elon Musk clarified, “I could get a job, just not at an Internet company (weren’t many back then).”
And there were many reactions from others online to his inspiring journey:
Eon Musk: Icouldbt get a job oso I started my own company.. https://t.co/eqU2UesB3H
— Agrim Jain (@14agrim) April 21, 2021
Amazing. To think Elon walked those lands before building his own vision. 😎 1995 was year of Win 95, Netscape / IE war, Alta Vista, dial-up modems. Ha! Walk down memory lane. Google wasn’t even conceived yet. Those Netscape offices became part of Google eventually I think.
— EnemyWarlord ™ (@EnemyWarlord) April 20, 2021
Now I bet they wish they hired you.
— Ali of Ramadan Mubarak (@Ali_Tesla585) April 21, 2021
The year I was born. And maybe today the next Elon Musk is wandering around the lobbies, trying not to be shy.
— Rose (@rosesareill) April 20, 2021
moral of the story: You gotta be shy to have a huge succes🐒🐒 https://t.co/aLfegjZB8X
— Muhammad Ruwaif Fakerdey (@Muhammad_Ruwaif) April 21, 2021
Previously, Musk had replied in the affirmative to another similar throwback post from the same user Pranay. The caption of the post had mentioned the irony in Musk’s story of how the name of his video game company ‘Rocket Science’ eventually became his ultimate field of study, and later entrepreneurship.
In the early 90s, @elonmusk worked at a videogame company in Palo Alto, where he wrote a multitasker for PC in C++ which could basically read video from a CD while running a game at the same time. The name of that videogame company was Rocket Science. Fate loves irony. pic.twitter.com/qAtmgow8MS
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) April 14, 2021
That was my night job. Day job was working on ruthenium-tantalum ultracapacitors at Pinnacle Research.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2021
Stories of young Elon are definitely interesting to read about, considering how he has now become one of the most important technology entrepreneurs of our generation. Don’t you agree?