Elon Musk on Founding SpaceX

Elon Musk is the ambitious founder and CEO of SpaceX, a private company that has won more launch contracts than anyone else in the launch business. In this lesson excerpt, Musk explains his approach to innovation in the space race. The full lesson, available on Big Think Edge, offers strategies for identifying an industry worthy of disruption.

Technology & Innovation

Elon Musk is the ambitious founder and CEO of SpaceX, a private company that has won more launch contracts than anyone else in the launch business. In this lesson excerpt, Musk explains his approach to innovation in the space race. The full lesson, available on Big Think Edge, offers strategies for identifying an industry worthy of disruption.

Technology & Innovation

Elon Musk tends to be interested in industries that "a lot of people think are impossible or think you can’t succeed at - that’s usually where there’s opportunity."

My Four Heroes

"It's hard to necessarily pick a few."

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In terms of how inventors in history influenced me, there's so many that it's hard to necessarily pick a few, but certainly Edison and Tesla would be good examples. They're each great men in their own right. In the case of Edison, he was much more of a trial and error kind of guy, but willing to try all sorts of things. And I think he was quite pragmatic and sensible.

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I feel quite strongly that solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by mid-21st century.  In fact, just a simple extrapolation of the growth of solar power tells us it will be for sure.

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