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Elon Musk: From SpaceX to Tesla: Inventing the Future
Nov 18, 2013 7:30PM
|Location||2025 Avenue of the Stars, 90067
Los Angeles, CA
|Details||If you want to change the future, invent a better one. So thinks Elon Musk, the billionaire inventor of electric cars and space rockets and co-founder of the internet payment system PayPal. Musk will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on November 18th about how he sees the future of humanity - and the role he hopes to play in that future.
At 42 years old, Musk’s achievements are already extraordinary. His Tesla Model S was named 2013 Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine and by Automobile magazine, and Wall Street is valuing the company more like a fast-growing tech stock than a traditional car company. Musk’s next goal is to produce a mass-market Tesla – and to change the way people think about driving cars. Meanwhile SpaceX, which was founded in 2002 by Musk, became the first private company to send a spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station last year, delivering cargo for NASA. SpaceX is now planning to take astronauts into space – something NASA can no longer do since the space shuttles were decommissioned. Ultimately Musk wants to send humans to Mars so that we can become a multi-planetary species. In his spare time Musk dreams up iconoclastic solutions to common problems - like the $6 bn plan he outlined in August to build the Hyperloop, an elevated tube that would whisk travelers in a capsule cushioned on air between LA and San Francisco in 35 minutes.
Musk was born in South Africa, and moved to Canada at age 17 before coming to the US in 1992 to study. He earned a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton before setting up Zip2, a web software company, and co-founding PayPal. Selling both companies gave him the resources to invest in electric cars and space travel and also in SolarCity, the largest provider of solar power systems in the US. Among his other visionary plans, Musk is currently rumored to be working on a solution to the gridlock on the 405.
|Venue||Hyatt Regency Hotel|