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SpaceX CEO Bets Manned Mission to Mars by 2020





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Elon Musk says he was motivated to found SpaceX after learning NASA had no plans to send man to Mars. Musk considers space exploration one of the main areas that will "most affect the future of humanity."


By the age of 12 Elon Musk had sold his first commercial software, a space game called Blaster. Sixteen years later he sold his first company, Zip2, to Compaq's Alta Vista division for $341 million in cash and stock. His next act was as co-founder of PayPal, which was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock in 2002.

Musk then turned his energy toward two notable new ventures: SpaceX, developer and manufacturer of space launch vehicles, and Tesla Motors, developer of high-end electric automobiles - both of which were started in a downturn. What makes this visionary entrepreneur tick?

Musk speaks with Michael Malone about innovation for the future's sake, business strategies to get there, how to make order out of chaos along the way, and more. - Churchill Club

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of SpaceX. He was an early investor in PayPal. He is chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity.


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