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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Elon Musk: Renaissance man

(Photo by Saffron Blaze)
Anyone who longs for the Renaissance days when geniuses were as plentiful as gondolas will be happy to learn about all of Elon Musk's endeavors.

Musk was born in South Africa in 1971.  By the age of 12 he had already sold his first original computer program (a space game named Blastar for $500).  He then went on to earn two bachelor's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania:  the first in economics (from the Wharton School), and the second in physics.

However, the "fun" didn't really begin until Musk dropped out (after only two days) from Stanford's Ph.D. program.  Wikipedia reports
that he then honed in on his three foremost passions:  the Internet, clean energy, and space.

In keeping with the first of these passions, Musk and his brother began an "online content publishing" company called Zip2 (which later sold for US$307 million in cash, plus another US$34 million in stock options).  He then co-founded "an online financial services and e-mail payment company."  (Does the name PayPal ring a bell?)

Now rolling in the dough, Musk turned his attention to his other two loves.  He founded Space X (aka Space Exploration Technologies) in 2002, which focuses upon the improvement of rockets.  He also co-founded Tesla Motors, which concentrates upon the development of electric vehicles.  He also funds Solar
City, which – along with Tesla – helps to "combat global warming."


Copyright August 31, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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