Monday, August 26, 2013

Documentary: A Profile of Elon Musk, Founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

Elon Musk is the personification of the wunderkind. After completing undergraduate degrees in economic and physics at the University of Pennsylvania, he then moved to the Silicon Valley to pursue a Ph.D. in applied physics and materials science at Stanford.

After only two days he left the program. Drawing inspiration from innovators such as Nikola Tesla, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney, Musk then focused his energies on three areas he felt were "important problems that would most affect the future of humanity," the Internet, clean energy, and space.

He co-founded PayPal, co-founded Tesla Motors, and founded SpaceX (the only private space program competitive with NASA), and he is worth $7.7 billion, as of August 2013. Oh yeah, he's only 40 years old.

He estimates he spends 100 hours a week on Tesla and SpaceX, a fact that likely accounts for his two failed marriages.

Elon Musk Profiled

This film profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime. And he’s only 40.

Elson Musk is a lot like the kid in the comic book, whose fantasies turn into reality. But not as a magician, he did as an engineer. Musk’s fantasies and companies have transformed the way we live. He founded his first company at age 23 and sold it a few years later for 300 million dollars. He helped pave the way for online commerce with PayPal. He made solar energy affordable and jump-started the electric car industry. Plus he his competing NASA to outer space.

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