Teenager who demanded $50k from Elon Musk into new business
His name is Jack Sweeney and just 19 years old. According to himself, he never intended to get into a standoff with Elon Musk. But Sweeney further says he’s now been blocked by the billionaire on social media. This has happened after Elon Musk offered $5,000 to shut down a Twitter service that tracks Musk’s private jet, and this teenager demanded $50,000 or at least an internship opportunity.
“I knew he had a plane, you know, as a fan of SpaceX and Tesla stuff,” Sweeney said in an interview. “I thought the Elon Musk’s Jet bot would reveal like where he’s going and what business he’s doing.”
He still hopes Musk will come back to the bargaining table, but in the meantime is launching a business — called Ground Control — that monitors the flight activity of additional high-interest planes. Sweeney, a freshman at the University of Central Florida, launched “Elon Musk’s Jet” in June 2020, and now also wants to make money by tracking other prominent billionaires including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.
“Companies in-flight tracking have millions in revenue per year,” Sweeney said. “Just a small cut of what they make would be good revenue for me.”
However, the industry experts have raised a concern related to privacy issues, security issues and legal issues that may occur regarding this service.