March 28, 2017

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

If you want to be inspired about the technological miracles being wrought by an immigrant from South Africa, pick up a copy of Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk. Dubbed as a modern day Thomas Edison or a more social version of Steve Jobs, Musk has pushed the parameters of travel both on land and in the air. Musk has been the spark plug for several cutting edge businesses. His name has been affiliated with PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop and SolarCity.
Two of his current businesses are pretty impressive. Tesla is producing electric cars with groundbreaking design and creating electric filling stations across the country. Owners of the vehicle can fill up for free! SpaceX has created a reusable rocket that can land back on its launching pad and has also picked up contracts to deliver goods to the International Space Station.

The author, Ashlee Vance, was co-incidentally also born in South Africa which may have given him additional insights into his fellow countryman, Musk. Vance has written about Silicon Valley for The New York Times, The Economist and currently for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine so he knows this terrain intimately. It is obvious that Vance admires this pioneer of rockets and cars, but we are shown a few warts in Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, along with the glow emanating from this titan who has combined business with scientific vision.

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