Nov 7, 2008

A Chat with Elon Musk from Tesla Motors

Elon Musk from Tesla Motors spoke on stage with John Battelle. The $109k Tesla roaster is faster than all Ferrari's except the Enzo, and Tesla is currently manufacturing 800-1500 / year. The current waiting list is 1200 people.

Elon is also starting two other start-ups:
  • Solar City: solar systems available on a lease basis for residential and small business. Recently completed a large financing round, 3x the previous round.
  • SpaceX: a 6-year-old start-up dedicated to space exploration technologies. His fourth launch successfully entered orbit.
When Elon went to college, he set three goals for himself:
  1. The Internet
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Space exploration and taking life to other planets
His three start-ups are the fulfillment of his second and third goals. As the co-founder of PayPal, he did okay with checking off the first goal. Check out his bio on Wikipedia.

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