Ellon Musk, now 45 years old, was only 24 years old when he was pursuing his passion to develop, invent and benefit humanity in 1995. He succeeded to found a space transportation company like SpaceX, a giant enterprise that produces and sells electric vehicles and motor parts of these vehicles under the name of Tesla Motors, and the world’s largest network in the field of payment systems PayPal over the past 20 years. In short, he is now Tesla of modern times, genius of the world of technology and science.
When we look closely at Elon Musk’s life, we see that there are many failures as well as success. However, he explains this with the following statement: “Failure is one of the options available. If you have not failed at all, it means you are not innovative enough. ”
It is important to underline how visionary he is, especially after this statement. However, it is certain that there is much more to learn and inspire about Musk. So, let’s have a short trip to his life to have some inspirations.
He was born in 1971, in Pretoria, the capital of the Republic of South Africa. His mother Maye Musk has been modeling since she was 15 years old. One of her most striking exposures was a cover pose, referring to the pregnancy posed by Demi Moore for New York Magazine at the age of 63.
Musk, at the age of twelve, showed how talented and ambitious he is about technology. Musk, who wrote the code for a video game called Blastar, and sold this game to a technology magazine named PC and Office Technology for 500 US Dollars. This was his first entrepreneurial experience.
Musk has bachelor degree of Economics and diploma in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, Musk started his master education at Stanford University. But just after 2 days later, he took a decision that changed his life and he left the school. He started working for his online content publishing program Zip2 with his brother Kimbal Musk. In 1999, he sold this software to AltaVista for $ 307 million in cash and $ 34 million in stock certificates.
In 1999, he established online payment systems and finance infrastructure X.com which was the first foundation for today’s PayPal. In October of 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for $ 1.5 billion of stock.
In 2002, Musk founded SpaceX. Musk, owning a space transportation company at the age of a 31-year-old, produces Falcon 1 and Falcon 9, the first launch vehicles of rocket technology launch vehicles. The name of the first space vehicle is Dragon. The first car produced by Tesla Motors is the Tesla Roadster which is an electric sports car model. It sold about 2500 units in 31 countries. SolarCity, Musk’s largest shareholder and board chairman, is the largest solar energy system provider in the United States.
One of the most important culture, fashion and politics magazines in the world, Vanity Fair, chose Musk as “the man who disrupted the world’s number one rogue”. Larry Page, one of Google’s founders, told for Musk that if one day he had to donate his fortune he preferred to give it to Musk by noticing that Musk would change the world.
The world famous fantasy film series Iron Man’s director Jon Favreau explained in an interview that they were inspired by Elon Musk in the formation of the main character of the movie, Tony Stark character. In the second movie of the Iron Man series, the SpaceX factory was used as a venue. Forbes, one of the most important business magazines in the world, showed Elon Musk in 2011 among the “20 strongest CEOs of the US under 40 years”.
In 2013, Musk announced that he had designed a tube transport system that cuts the distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles in half an hour; and he said he could develop a prototype if someone else did not.
Musk gives importance to charitable work. He donated a substantial portion of his wealth for charitable purposes in 2012 to the Giving Pledge.
Elon Musk conducts activities such as child health, science and technology education and clean energy through a foundation named Musk Foundation. Musk, who is also on the board of trustees of a foundation that supports the renewable energy of the X Prize Foundation, is also a member of the board of directors of the US foundations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Academies, the Planets Association, and the Space Foundation.