Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee VanceElon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the geniuss life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance uses Musks story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk is an amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy
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He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received a Bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor's degree in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He began a Ph. Musk then founded X. In May , Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, of which he is CEO and lead designer. He joined Tesla, Inc. In , he inspired the creation of SolarCity , a solar energy services company now a subsidiary of Tesla and operated as its chairman. In , Musk co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research company that aims to promote friendly artificial intelligence.
He was also one of the first significant investors in, as well as chief executive officer of, the electric car manufacturer Tesla. He became chief executive officer of the electric-car maker Tesla. Elon Musk founded SpaceX , a company that makes rockets and spacecraft. He became the chief executive officer and a major funder of Tesla , which makes electric cars. Musk was born to a South African father and a Canadian mother.
Elon Musk is changing the world, one invention at a time. In this blog, we explore what makes the South African entrepreneur and engineer such an extraordinary individual. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, in , Elon Musk is the son of a Canadian model and dietician his mother and a South African electromechanical engineer, pilot and sailor his father. Musk demonstrated his impressive capacity to learn as early as ten-years-old, when he mastered how to code and program computers. He was often singled out and bullied by other children; a common occurrence that escalated so badly that a group of his peers once threw him down the stairs and beat him unconscious.
Elon Musk may just be the 21st century's Thomas Edison. The prolific inventor's inventions have won him multiple entrepreneur and innovator-of-the-year awards — and are a regular topic of discussion among both business leaders and consumers. While some of the companies Musk has founded are more famous than others, he has been actively inventing things since before he was a teenager. Early efforts in software and software companies have since evolved into consumer products and mass-transportation visions. And although some of those visions may seem impossible at first glance, Musk's track record has muted many doubters. But there's more to Musk than just the companies you've heard of.
Throughout history, humans have dreamed of what the future will be like. We have envisioned flying cars, teleportation devices, vacations to outer space, and much more. TSLA and other companies has brought the science fiction fantasies much closer to reality than many people realize. His concepts and inventions could potentially revolutionize the way that we do life. It all started back in as a financial services company simply named X. In , it merged with Confinity and developed the online payment system we now know as PayPal the name was officially registered in When eBay Inc.