Unlike many of the other contenders for top CEO, Musk is not just dedicated to wealth. He is building businesses to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.
When I read the tweets that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had stepped down, an enduring lyric jumped to mind. I tweeted back: The day the music died.
An employee of GM, Sexton was part of the L.A. team tasked with leasing the first commercial electric vehicle: the EV1. When GM decided to recall the car, she became a vocal opponent of the recall, but that didn't stop the company crushing the majority of the fleet.
Testing a truly new rocket has always involved failure. In fact, the development of any complex and innovative product should feature an iterative development process. By definition such a process is "failure driven."
Burning Man is not a "festival." Festivals are basically big parties, put on (usually for profit) by organizers, which customers come to visit. Burning Man is a participant-created community experience, coordinated by a non-profit, that is about radical self-expression in all its forms.
If you are ever visiting San Francisco and have an extra day for adventure, I highly recommend jumping into the car and heading to Silicon Valley. The drive is beautiful and it is a worthwhile experience to see some of the big businesses and small treasures of the tech world.
Authenticity is what turns a pretty picture into a priceless work of art. Likewise it is what people look for -- or should -- in their personal relationships. I believe this holds true for our relationships with businesses as well.
All over America, you can find museums honoring Thomas Edison. But nowhere in his adopted country is there a structure dedicated to the inventor arguably more important than Edison in the creation of our modern era -- Nikola Tesla.
With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.
The motivation is simple -- the Tesla mission is to accelerate the shift of humanity's reliance on fossil fuels towards sustainable, renewably powered transportation.
It's an Elon Musk world, and we're just living in it. Before we bow down to a seemingly fearless and altruistic pioneer of electric vehicles and libertarianism, it's important to point out the ongoing contradictions with Musk and markets.
Tesla Motors is freeing up its 200 patents to electric car competitors, throwing automotive analysts into a frenzy. But CEO Elon Musk is just following the profitable open source road paved by Salesforce, Facebook and Apple.
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Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.
We discuss his vision for a clean energy future and he gives us a lesson from Einstein on nuclear fusion. You may notice a big smile on my face when he launches into an explanation of E=MC Squared.
Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?