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Elon Musk

  • American businessman
  • Born June 28, 1971

Elon Reeve Musk (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder and co-chairman of OpenAI; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People. He has a net worth of $19.4 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 40th-richest person in the world.Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen's University.


There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness.




It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.




Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure - the law firms, the real estate, all that - that are all actually geared toward being accepting of startups.




We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.




If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it's not.




I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.




Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.




If anyone thinks they'd rather be in a different part of history, they're probably not a very good student of history. Life sucked in the old days. People knew very little, and you were likely to die at a young age of some horrible disease. You'd probably have no teeth by now. It would be particularly awful if you were a woman.




Life is too short for long-term grudges.




I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.

I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.




Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.

Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.




The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It'll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn't been reusable.




Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.

Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.




I feel very strongly that SpaceX would not have been able to get started, nor would we have made the progress that we have, without the help of NASA.




I've actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don't mean hybrid, I mean fully electric.




If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.




The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.




A company is a group organized to create a product or service, and it is only as good as its people and how excited they are about creating. I do want to recognize a ton of super-talented people. I just happen to be the face of the companies.




I do think there is a lot of potential if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think that is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple's product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay that premium.




If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to make sure the seeds are ok, nurture the sapling, and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way along. Anything that breaks it at any point stops that growth.




Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.




When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.




I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.




When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.




Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.




SpaceX has the potential of saving the U.S. government $1 billion a year. We are opposed to creating an entrenched monopoly with no realistic means for anyone to compete.




If we could do high-speed rail in California just half a notch above what they've done on the Shanghai line in China, and if we had a straight path from L.A. to San Francisco, as well as the milk run, at least that would be progress.




Great companies are built on great products.

Great companies are built on great products.




Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business.




Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian.




I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.




I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don't believe in climate change - they think oil will last forever.




In order for us to have a future that's exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we're a space-bearing civilization.




Some companies out there quote a start of production that is substantially in advance of when customers get their cars.




Trying to read our DNA is like trying to understand software code - with only 90% of the code riddled with errors. It's very difficult in that case to understand and predict what that software code is going to do.




I think a lot of the American people feel more than a little disappointed that the high-water mark for human exploration was 1969. The dream of human space travel has almost died for a lot of people.



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