Revolutionaries: An Evening with Elon Musk

About This Episode

Elon Musk is living two ultimate boyhood fantasies: creating a sports car company and a rocket launch corporation. As co-founder of PayPal, he helped transform payment online systems and then, like a true revolutionary, set his sights on electric cars and space transport. Today, Elon is CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and serves as chairman of SolarCity, the solar power provider.

Join Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues for a lively conversation with Elon Musk about what inspired his entrepreneurial journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley; the lessons he learned at PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity; and how he manages to lead two ground-breaking companies simultaneously. Why does he believe that electric cars are a vital component in the move away from oil to a more sustainable energy economy? And what’s behind his fascination with creating a multiplanetary future for mankind, including a self-sustaining base on Mars?

Revolutionaries is the Computer History Museum´s acclaimed speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. The audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

*Recorded at the Computer History Museum January 22, 2013