Within the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is each an illuminating and licensed have a look at the extraordinary lifetime of considered one of Silicon Valley’s most fun, unpredictable, and bold entrepreneurs – a real-life Tony Stark – and an enchanting 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 bought considered one of his Web corporations, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the complete spectacle and arc of the genius’ life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to america 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 fashionable world for a century nonetheless compete in an age of fierce world competitors? He argues that Musk – one of the uncommon and hanging figures in American enterprise historical past – is a up to date, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists, together with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. Greater than another 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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