Within the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is each an illuminating and licensed have a look at the extraordinary lifetime of one in every of Silicon Valley’s most fun, unpredictable, and impressive entrepreneurs – a real-life Tony Stark – and an interesting exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers. Elon Musk spotlights the know-how and imaginative and prescient of Elon Musk, the famend entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who offered one in every of his Web firms, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the total spectacle and arc of the genius’ life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the USA to his dramatic technical improvements and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance makes use of Musk’s story to discover one of many urgent questions of our age: Can the nation of inventors and creators who led the trendy world for a century nonetheless compete in an age of fierce world competitors? He argues that Musk – probably the most uncommon and hanging figures in American enterprise historical past – is a recent, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, together with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. Greater than every other entrepreneur right this moment, Musk has devoted his energies and his personal huge fortune to inventing a future that’s as wealthy and much reaching because the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
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