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Elon Musk Needs In-House Counsel for The Boring Company

By William Vogeler, Esq. on July 26, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Elon Musk, the futurist and founder of SpaceX, has a job opening: in-house counsel at The Boring Company.

If the name sounds like a joke, maybe it is. The "boring" company is supposed to build transportation tunnels -- not exactly reaching for the stars.

But maybe Musk is offering a real job. After all, tunnels have serviced commuters for ages and the Tesla founder already has the cars.

Help Wanted

Among 11 job openings for engineers and technicians on its website, The Boring Company says it needs: "In-House Counsel with Transactional Experience (Transportation Law Experience Preferred)."

Harrison Barnes, with BCG Attorney Search, doesn't believe it. He reasons that Musk has plenty of lawyers already working for him. "At the outset, my guess is that this is more of a publicity stunt than anything," Barnes says.

Then again, it seems possible that Musk may need fresh blood for his new venture, given that he is a notoriously demanding boss. One former Tesla employee comments that Musk not only frightens some employees with his exceedingly high expectations, but that he also lacks loyalty. "Many of us worked tirelessly for him for years and were tossed to the curb like a piece of litter without a second though," the former employee tells Business Insider. This sounds like the type of boss who would occasionally need to take on new recruits.

The Future Is Past

The "boring" venture, as in "digging" tunnels, might actually work. On July 20, Musk tweeted that he already received approval for the company to build an underground hyperloop between New York and Washington, D.C.

The company website explains that the hyperloop tunnel will be faster because it will be easier to dig, and the "electric skate" will fly through it at up to 125 miles an hour. The process will also include recycling dirt into bricks.

"This is not a new concept, as buildings have been constructed from Earth for thousands of years including, according to recent evidence, the Pyramids," it says.

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