Elon Musk is the extremely successful founder of three companies: the reusable rocket firm, SpaceX, Zip2, which helped newspapers design community-based websites in the 90s, and X.com which bought the online payment system Paypal and sold it for 1.5 billion in 2002. Elon Musk inspires anyone trying to change the world as an entrepreneur.Much has been made of late of the idea that management, in and of itself, cannot be taught. There is an emerging ideology that "domain knowledge" is more important than the nonspecified ability to manage people or organizations. Elon Musk proves how faulty that idea is. He is a visionary who wants to change the world on specific fronts and he is using all of his mental and financial resources to do it. Musk is proof that the right type of leader or manager can lead or manage anything, regardless of their actual experience in that field.
[...] Instead, this paper argues that Elon Musk is offering a peek into the future, not unlike a soothsayer because, in June of 2002, Musk founded his third company: Space Exploration Technologies. Currently, he is both Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technological Officer. The company makes vehicles that are launched into space, specializing on the least expensive and most reliable. The first two are the Falcon One and the Falcon Nine. A two-stager that is jettisoned after the initial blast stage, parachutes into the water, is recovered by tugs, and is then reused. [...]
[...] Regardless of one's attitude toward his present state, Elon Musk is one of the most powerful figures in business, perhaps the most consistently successful entrepreneur under the age of forty. His force will continue to be reckoned with and, if Musk's prediction comes true, he will be on the forefront of many technological breakthroughs yet to come, maybe even bringing human civilization to the planet Mars. Works Cited "BRIGHT SPARKS; Electric Car That's Finally Worth a Plug." The Mirror (London, England) 28 Mar. [...]
[...] This is why Musk is as important as a visionary as he is as a business leader. This paper is of the opinion that, despite the luck that has helped his success, Elon Musk is also able to foresee trends and future needs in a way that would hold him in good stead in any era and under any market conditions. In 1999 Compaq, as part of their Alta Vista arm, bought Zip2 for $307 million in cash and $34 million in stock options. [...]
[...] Musk is on the forefront of, according to Daniel Yergin, chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, "the most widespread drive for technological innovation this sector has ever seen." ("Silicon Valley Redirects Its" A01) He should not be listened to because his fortune is estimated at $328 million or because his first two companies sold for substantial amounts. It is more about the fact that he is on the pulse as a futurist. He has so much faith in his commitment to Mars that he has invested $100 million of his own money into SpaceX ("Rocket Fails On Maiden" C12). [...]
[...] Elon Musk got his first computer at age 10 and began programming. At age 12, he sold a program he'd written called Blaster and excelled at mathematics and science at Pretoria Boys High School. In 1988, Musk left South Africa at age 17 because he didn't want to perform mandatory service in the military. Part of his disinterest was because of his support of black rights. His parents were against it. Many have called him a maverick. From South Africa, he went to Kingston Ontario, where, impoverished, he worked part-time and in the summer and put himself through school at Queen's University. [...]
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