As part of his Foundation 20 video profile series for Google Ventures, Kevin Rose most recently interviewed uber-entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk is the founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and all-electric car company Tesla Motors. These are all companies that have reached a valuation of over a billion dollars. Kevin Rose himself was the founder of Digg, Revision3, and Milk, before joining Google’s venture capital arm.
The interview covers quite a lot of ground over the nearly 27 minutes, including Musk’s early background, how he came to start SpaceX and Tesla Motors. It also touches on a couple more ideas Musk has for future ventures, including his yet-to-be-revealed Hyperloop concept. He says he’s currently checking with Tesla and SpaceX engineers to make sure the concept, which promises to be a completely new mode of super-fast transport, is actually possible. He’s pretty sure it is.
Most interesting to me is that Musk states, has he has in previous interviews, that back in college,
“I started to figure out: what are the things that would most affect the future of humanity? And the things that I thought would most affect the future of humanity would be the Internet, sustainable energy, which is about production and consumption. So SolarCity (Musk is also Chair of SolarCity) is like production, Tesla is consumption in a sustainable way, and then also space exploration and specifically making life multi-planetary. I didn’t expect at the time to be involved in all those areas, but those are just the areas I thought would most affect the future, and as it turned out, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in those areas”.
If you happen to be looking for entrepreneurial inspiration of any kind, Musk is your guy. So far, he’s turning out to be one of the most successful and world-changing entrepreneurs of our time, and it’s certainly a great thing that he has his mind tuned-in to sustainability.
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