On June 28, Elon Musk celebrates his 48th birthday. Musk is a businessman, investor, and engineer. He has begun and run many businesses like SpaceX, Neuralink, The Boring Company, OpenAI, and PayPal, but he’s best known to the globe as Tesla’s leader. Let’s look at 7 unknown things you probably didn’t know about him.
1. Elon Musk’s first company was Zip2 Corporation.
After just two days attending courses at Stanford University to graduate in physics, Musk fell out to follow a full-time career in construction companies intended for the burgeoning Internet sector. According to Musk, his first undertaking, Zip2, “permitted you to get maps and instructions on the internet,” which could best be defined as a service, not unlike the Yellow Pages, which was essential in receiving data about where things were. In 1999, the computer manufacturer Company purchased Zip2 for $307 million.
2. Elon Musk got his start in video game design.
Elon Musk switched his original attention to the globe of video games when he was just 12 years old. The lead; Blastar– a PC game mixing Space Invaders and Asteroid– whose player objective was to’ destroy the alien freighter carrying lethal hydrogen bombs and status beam machines.’ Ultimately, Musk sold the Blastar code to the PC and Office Technology magazine for $500 USD. For a preteen, not bad.
3. He ran a nightclub out of his home in college
On moving to Pennsylvania University where he studied economics and physics there, he was a friend of Adeo Ressi– a successful businessman – as both were transfer students and keen to live somewhere other than their cramped dormitory digs .“Ressi spoke to Musk about renting a big house off campus. They received the ten-bedroom home fairly inexpensive because it was a frat house that had gone unrented.
” Ressi persuaded Musk to transform their home into a club on the weekends in an effort to both pay their rent and make a little cash on the side. “I paid my own way through college and in one night I was able to create a whole month’s rent. Adeo was responsible for making cool shit around the house, and I was going to run the party.”
4. Elon Musk inspired Tony Stark in Iron Man
In TIME 100 list in 2010, “naming the people that most affect our world.” When it came time to write the entry on Musk, it was handled by none other than director Jon Favreau, who at first glance seemed like a strange choice. Nevertheless, he revealed some important points about creating his film, Iron Man, that placed it all in the right light. Elon Musk doesn’t make sense — and that’s why I understand him, “wrote Favreau.” When I tried to bring the genius Tony Stark’s character to Iron Man’s big screen, I had no idea how to make him look real. Robert Downey Jr. said,’ With Elon Musk we need to sit down.‘ He was correct.
5. Elon Musk co-founded what became PayPal
Founded in 1998 under the name “Confinity,” which was designed to send cash between Palm Pilot systems, eventually merged with X.com with a comparable focus on payment between email addresses– resulting in the development of PayPal.
On the StarTalk Radio podcast of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk described an experiment he underwent as a teenager to see if he had what it took to live an entrepreneur‘s festival or famine lifestyle”I was like that,’ Oh, all right. If I can live for a dollar a day— at least from a food price perspective — it’s fairly simple to gain $30 a month, so I’m likely going to be okay,” Musk said.
After making billions of dollars through various ventures, Musk receives only $1 per annum for his work at Tesla – joining other high-profile executives with similar arrangements in the past such as Sergey Brin of Alphabet Inc, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg.
6. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop could be a game changer
While it seems like something conjured up in a film by James Cameron, the suggested’ Hyperloop‘ by Elon Musk would see traveling time between towns reduced to minutes rather than hours thanks to an elevated pipe running hundreds of miles and propelling passengers at close supersonic speeds. Musk defined his plans as the “fifth type” of transportation first unveiled in 2013 and depends on pressurized capsules that ride on an air cushion– much the same as a bullet train. Proposed as a path between Los Angeles and San Francisco, thanks to top speeds of 760 mph, it would transform the six to seven-hour drive into a more manageable 30-minute trip.
7. He has signed the “Giving Pledge”
The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the richest individuals and families in the world to dedicate the majority of their assets to philanthropy rather than to give their fortunes in their own family to future generations.