Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Alameda County, California. The billionaire entrepreneur threatened that he would take his auto factory to another state if it was not allowed to reopen immediately. On Monday he announced that he would be resuming production at the facility in contravention of the lockdown. By Wednesday morning, the county had caved to Musk, announcing that his factory would be allowed to resume production under government supervision. After Musk’s initial tweet threatening to leave the state, California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez took to Twitter herself, saying succinctly, “F*ck Elon Musk.” She added: “So much of the clash our state is experiencing with the tech/Silicon Valley companies is of our own making. We let gig companies violate labor laws for over a decade. We subsidized Tesla as they operated with severe safety issues & actively union busted. They got used to it… It’s time that all companies, no matter how cool, abide by the same laws.”
Lorena Gonzalez discusses the situation with Musk and Tesla. Then, tech and labor reporter Jack Crosbie joins Mehdi to give the backstory on the cultish billionaire.
Logan recaps “no audience” UFC 249 and the dismantling of Tony Ferguson, 6ix9ine’s return & his new life of “freedom,” cheating on your partner using Elon Musk’s NEUROLINK, the tell-tale signs of a good simp, and Mike trading girlfriends with Logan (for breeding purposes). RIP Corey La Barrie.
He is Ben Baller, not Ben Humble! He's here to discuss: The week flying by, Being busier in the pandemic than before everything went down, his factory opening up May 15th, having a Contagion helmet, a spike of cases in Orange County & L.A. County Death Toll going up, what he does when he leaves the house, BlkLabelCo, Elon Musk being a DumbF*ck/Hoe B*tch & his history with Tesla, CA Governor Newsom wanting to start the next school year early, Fear Mongering vs. Common Sense, Being over 1M confirmed Coronavirus cases in USA, The Seattle Seahawks & more. Then it's an honor and a privilege to have NFL Star Offensive Lineman DJ Fluker join Behind The Baller Podcast with Ben Baller to discuss: What he's doing during Quarantine, being released by The Seattle Seahawks & being picked up by The Baltimore Ravens, being in Seattle currently, what he misses about New Orleans, losing a coach to COVID-19, growing up in The Ninth Ward, Hurricane Katrina hitting & losing his family house, living out of a car, if there was ever a kid who was bigger than him growing up, not playing sports until 8th grade, going to high school in Mississippi and meeting future Alabama teammates, not wanting to play football because he had to make money for his family, finding his love for the game again, getting scholarship offers from every D1 school, meeting Nick Saban & choosing Alabama, what it was like being a 3x national champion at Alabama, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper & Mark Ingram, being drafted 11th into the NFL & what he bought his mom, translation from college to NFL, playing with Phillip Rivers & Russell Wilson, favorite restaurant in Seattle & missing the fans, what he thinks will happen to the NFL this season, a question for Ben, thanking Seattle & more. Then Ben brings it back for the Outro to discuss: The Baltimore Ravens, The Los Angeles Lakers returning a $4M small business loan, The Kobe ring auction, Ben's Hall of Game, Topps Project 2020 MIke Trout Card, CBD Benefits & BuyLegalMeds.com PROMO CODE: behindtheballer, going to Kid Cudi's house & wearing masks, started watching Outer Banks on Netflix, guesting on other top Business podcasts, finding something about yourself that you love & spending quiet time alone everyday & so much more.
As we wrap up 2019, we would like to thank everyone who listened to the FYI — For Your Innovation podcast. We received incredibly positive feedback for our podcast show and had some truly amazing guests in the past year, ranging from world class geneticists to founders and CEOs. In this final episode of 2019, we put together a “greatest hits compilation” of our five most popular episodes. 1. On the Road to Full Autonomy with Elon Musk (EP11)
Elon Musk talks about how his engineering background drives his decision making for Tesla and why he is so confident that Tesla will achieve full autonomy. On this podcast: Elon Musk, Tasha Keeney, Cathie Wood. (Listen to the Full Episode) 2. Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer with Charles Graeber (EP21)
For decades cancer was something that was treated rather than cured. Author of the book The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer, Charles Graeber unpacks the history of immunotherapy, why it remained on the fringes for so long, and why cancer might become a manageable disease. On this podcast: Charles Graeber and James Wang (Listen to the Full Episode) 3. The Genomic Revolution with Prof. Dr. George Church (EP26)
Professor George Church is one of the pioneers of modern genetics. We dive into the stage of genomics, next generation oncology, the security and regulation of genetic information, gene editing, and the increasing speed of the genomic revolution. On this podcast: George Church, Manisha Samy, Simon Barnett, and James Wang. (Listen to the Full Episode) 4. Wright’s Law—Understanding Technology Cost Curves with Brett Winton (EP07)
Brett Winton explains how Wright’s Law makes simple and robust predictions about technology cost declines, and why it’s at the center of ARK’s research. On this podcast: Brett Winton and James Wang (Listen to the Full Episode) 5. Cerebras’ Wafer Scale Engine AI Chip with CEO Andrew Feldman (EP37)
Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras, joins us to discuss the Wafer Scale Engine, or WSE, an AI chip that is 50 times larger than the largest chips produced by Nvidia and Intel. On this podcast: Andrew Feldman and James Wang (Listen to the Full Episode) We will be back in 2020 with new episodes and more exciting topics, because investing in innovation starts with understanding it. Until then, stay innovative!