British grandmother. American grandfather. South African father. Canadian mother. From this blend of ingredients “from all over the world” a true master of our times came to life. Actually, to say it all, from these global roots a genius that seems coming from the future was born. His name is Elon Musk
Elon Musk has on his face the strange expression of those who made a trip to the future and then were re-catapulted back in our time. Willy-nilly.
He, Elon Musk, after returning from his trip to the future, is trying to bring the future here, right now.
And to put it at our disposal.
They call him a visionary entrepreneur.
And why is that?
After all, Mr. Elon Musk, at the age of 46, has only:
founded Zip2, purchased by AltaVista for 307 million dollars and 34 million in stock options;
founded X.com, which merges with Confinity to bring about the reality today known as PayPal;
founded SpaceX, a company that designs and builds partially re-usable rocket launchers;
founded Tesla Motors, an automotive company that today is worth over 50 billion dollars, and which has as its mission the creation of high performance electric cars;
founded (or nearly) after a visit to the Burning Man Festival, SolarCity, a company that specializes in photovoltaic products;
founded (or nearly) Halcyon Molecular, a company that wants to find the cure to many diseases by making DNA sequencing simple and fast;
conceived and founded Hyperloop, a transport system through vacuum-sealed tubes, with no friction (thanks to magnetic levitation) that would allow goods and passengers to move in infinitesimal times: Milan-Rome in 25 minutes.
Visionary? Genius? King Midas?
Yes, no doubt.
Every gesture combines entrepreneurship and politics.
At this time, with Tesla, and with the Neoen group, Elon Musk is building what will be the world’s largest lithium battery to help and support South Australia in the event of energy blackouts.
“This will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3. Australia rocks!!”
This is Mister Musk’s tweet about the design of this battery that will store energy from a wind farm.
Yes, it’s true: master Musk rocks!