Elon Musk is well-known for making absurd statements and proposing outlandish concepts. Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, was born in South Africa and has some wacky ideas for the future. Among his visions are the Hyperloop, a futuristic transportation system, a human settlement on Mars supported by economical space travel, brain-computer interfaces, and the development of microsatellites to bring low-cost internet access to the public. As a result of all of this, Musk has become one of the most divisive and distinctive entrepreneurs of our generation. Scroll down to learn more about Elon Musk and his futuristic company, Tesla.
1. He invented a game
When Elon Musk was 12 years old, he produced and sold a video game to a magazine. ‘Blastar,’ a space combat game, was purchased by PC and Office Technology magazine for $500. Musk also worked for a game start-up called ‘Rocket Science.’
2. Musk was on the verge of selling Tesla to Google.
Musk almost sold Tesla to Google for $11 billion in 2013, according to Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Tesla’s future appeared gloomy at the moment, and Musk approached Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, about a possible purchase. Musk offered that Google acquire Tesla for $6 billion in exchange for Musk investing a further $5 billion in plant development. Additionally, Musk required that Page relinquish ownership of Tesla for the next eight years. The arrangement came to an abrupt halt at the eleventh hour as sales of Tesla’s Model S, an all-electric five-door liftback, began to pick up. Tesla is predicted to reach a market capitalization of roughly $100 billion by 2020.
3. Zip2 was his first venture.
Musk’s first venture was launching Zip2, a company that provided maps and business directories to newspapers and was eventually acquired by Compaq for $307 million.
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4. Musk withdrew from Stanford after only two days.
Elon Musk came to Canada with his mother, sister, and brother when he was seventeen years old. He attended Kingston University in Kingston, Ontario for two years. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, one in physics and one in economics. Later, he moved to California’s Stanford University to obtain a Ph.D. in applied physics. He left after two days to co-found Zip2 Corporation, a company he co-founded with his brother Kimbal to provide newspaper publishers with licenced online city guides. He sold the company to Compaq for $300 million in 1999.
5. Musk appeared in a cameo appearance on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Musk had a guest appearance on the popular television show The Simpsons in 2015. The episode “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” follows the charismatic CEO (Elon Musk) as he arrives in Springfield via spacecraft and finds inspiration in Homer Simpson. Musk also made an appearance in the same year on an episode of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He played himself in the episode.
6. Technologies for Space Exploration
In 2002, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX. Musk argued that humanity’s survival depended on its ability to grow into a multi-planetary species, but that present rocket launch technology made this impossible. He accomplished this with the launch of the Falcon 1 in 2006, the Falcon 9 in 2010, and the Falcon Heavy in 2018.
7. Musk paid close to $1 million for James Bond’s underwater automobile.
Musk acquired James Bond’s vintage underwater automobile in 2013 at a London auction. The submersible Lotus Esprit featured in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” was purportedly purchased by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for $968,000. At the time, Musk was rumoured to desire to convert the automobile into a submarine. The Lotus is supposed to have been lost following its debut in The Spy Who Loved Me, but it was recovered in 1989, wheelless and wrapped in blankets, in a storage container in Long Islands, New York.