I'm just one of the mazillion people inspired by Elon Musk. Posting what catches my eye in case you have as much fun watching this pioneer in action as I do.

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A blog post about Tesla open-sourcing their patents. This image from the Digital Telepathy article is a classic Elonism.

…a thinker who can’t be boxed in by entrenched competitors, the ability to cheerfully put tens of millions of his own money behind his vision when necessary, a solid grasp of what technology means for the industry he operates in… all of these are great qualities in a CEO. Any company, big or small, is lucky to have a chief executive with just two of them. Tesla has all three in Elon Musk.
Tidbit from an article speculating why Tesla’s stock will double in the next year. 
There’s a tendency to focus on one person and think somehow that person singlehandedly does these things. But it’s important to emphasize—and I’m not just giving this lip service—that the only reason I was able to accomplish things is the great people willing to work with me.

Snippet from a quick Forbes interview with Elon Musk. He mainly says follow your passions, screw the money, you know, all the stuff we love to hear from Elon. Here’s a highlight from his childhood:

JC: How do you handle fear?

EM: Company death—not succeeding with the company—causes me a lot more stress than physical danger. But I’ve been in physical danger before. The funny thing is I’ve not actually been that nervous. In South Africa, my father had a private plane we’d fly in incredibly dangerous weather and barely make it back. This is going to sound slightly crazy, but my father also had a share in an Emerald mine in Zambia. I was 15 and really wanted to go with him but didn’t realize how dangerous it was. I couldn’t find my passport so I ended up grabbing my brother’s—which turned out to be six months overdue! So we had this planeload of contraband and an overdue passport from another person. There were AK-47s all over the place and I’m thinking, “Man, this could really go bad.”


While there has been a nod to Elon Musk (above) in, at least, one previous episode of The Simpsons, he will be appearing as himself in the upcoming 26th season! The news was announced at ComicCon over the weekend:

According to information gleaned from ComicCon, Elon Musk is due to arrive in Springfield some time during Season 26, and will lock horns with everyone’s favourite evil Nuclear Power Plant owner Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns (Mr. Burns for short), something which will not only make a mark on the centenarian billionaire’s ego but also leave him completely stripped of his fortune.

The other details of the episode are a closely-guarded secret, but with the real-world Musk known for his preference of solar power over nuclear fission, we’re suspecting energy and electric cars play a part too.

CANNOT WAIT!! If you guys see updates on this before I do, please send them my way.

This is a 9-minute clip from last night’s Colbert Report which is longer than what aired, it includes a discussion on vertical take off/landing of electric jets. Here is the 6-minute version that aired on Hulu.

Colbert shows a F9R take off/landing and talks rapid reusability and Mars, Tesla open patents, and jetpacks. Musk mentions that you’ll be able to name your Tesla with the next software update, and has named his Tesla Old Faithful.

UPDATE: Colbert Report is back online now so you can watch part one and two of the interview and a web exclusive where Musk talks Mars for a couple minutes.

Elon Musk will be a guest on the Colbert Report tonight at 11:30/10:30c.

We’re going to Elon like it’s 1999. Thanks to Michelle for submitting this awesome Internet gold, it’s a CNN look at Silicon Valley in 1999. It features Steve Jurvetson with vignettes of Jeffrey Skoll (eBay), Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail), Graham Spencer (Excite) and, of course, Elon Musk.

Musk comes in at 7:10 for brief comments about x.com, future of the Internet, and footage of the day he got his McLaren F1 delivered. Consider watching the whole video, other than chuckling at what was considered cutting edge technology in 1999 you’ll get behind the scenes of the entrepreneurial culture of the time.

I see why this interview got so much press, it covers a lot of territory. The 20-minute interview covers Tesla Model 3, reasoning behind the gigafactory location, plans for separating electric power from coal production, reason for SpaceX not going public, need for reusable rockets, frustrations that SpaceX wasn’t allowed to compete for military launch contracts, and why we need to be watchdogs for the development of artificial intelligence.

Musk was interviewed because SpaceX was selected as CNBC’s #1 Disruptor in 2014.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
hey, happy Birthday. I think, I'm the reason for Düsseldorf #1 ranking. Thank you and go ahead.. Torsten
elonenthusiast elonenthusiast Said:

Thanks for the note and your readership Torsten!

The blog is 2 years old today! I thought I’d celebrate by celebrating you and whipping up a little dataviz. A special shoutout to sagansense, your reblogs have exposed the blog to a much larger audience! 

And thanks to you all for your patience as I’ve dropped off the map this last month, I know I’ve missed posting some cool Elon shenanigans. I’ve been busy applying for jobs and curating my first photography exhibit. But no worries, I’ll be back on the wagon soon enough!

Peter Diamandis made a quick inspirational video after a meeting with Elon Musk. In the tweet containing the video he said:

NEVER underestimate the difference one BOLD entrepreneur can make.

Diamandis along posted some notes about the Dragon V2 unveiling on Google+.

A few recent photos of Elon Musk from Steve Jurvetson’s Flickr page

Stumbled upon this post from April 2013, Elon Musk, The Disruptive Technologist, on Recorded Future. I’m new to Recorded Future so I’m not sure how legit this information is but the article takes you through a series of charts and diagrams of Musk’s connections, where his technologies touch the world, and even looking at how his companies are influencing battery and digital prototyping technologies. I like this info-intensive look at the ripple effect of Elon Musk’s companies.

Here’s a highlight  from the post:

Maybe the question is not how the future looks like inside Mr. Musk’s mind but: “How will Elon Musk look in the future?” He already is the Howard Hughes of today, but how you can deny that he also has the look and appeal to become the Sir Peter Weyland of tomorrow?

Awesome blog!
elonenthusiast elonenthusiast Said:

Thanks for the note, glad you like it!

"No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated."

— Elon Musk

From: Elon Musk Quotes Facebook Page