Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Computer History Museum Presents: An Evening With Elon MuskDownload audio (MP3)
Elon Musk is living two ultimate boyhood fantasies: creating a sports car company and a rocket launch corporation. As a PayPal co-founder, Musk helped transform online payment systems and then, like a true revolutionary, set his sights on electric cars and space transport. Today, Musk is CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He also serves as chairman of SolarCity, the solar power provider. In 2008, Musk was named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine. One year later, the National Space Society awarded Musk their Von Braun Trophy, given for leadership of the most significant achievement in space. In 2010, Musk was the youngest recipient of the Auto Executive of the Year Innovator Award and was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 of the World's Most Influential People. Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues talks with Musk about what inspired his entrepreneurial journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley. How does he manage to lead two ground-breaking companies simultaneously? Why does he believe that electric cars are a vital component in the move away from oil to a more sustainable energy economy? And what is behind his fascination with creating a multi-planetary future for mankind, including a self-sustaining base on Mars?