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He wants to see people like Musk change the world

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk stands to gain some inheritence once Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page passes away. 

At a TED conference Wednesday, Page told Charlie Rose that he wants his money to go to people that will change the world when he dies, such as Musk. 

“You’re working because you want to change the world and make it better,” said Page. “If the company you work for is worthy of your time, why not your money as well?”

Musk isn't just the CEO of Tesla Motors. He is also the head of Solar City and SpaceX, and has ideas of taking people to Mars in the future. This idea particularly struck Page, where he said “that’s a company, and that’s philanthropical.”

Elon Musk [SOURCE: Google+]

Musk has certainly changed his respective industries. With Tesla, he introduced the all-electric and sporty Roadster as well as the all-electric Model S sedan. He has built Supercharger infrastructure to ease range anxiety, whether the driver is making a work commute or a cross-country road trip. Musk is even working on new battery technologies, opening his own battery plant somewhere in the Southwest U.S. (the exact state hasn't been chosen yet) and is fighting the traditional system of using auto dealers in favor of direct manufacturer-to-customer sales. 

Solar City has created vast solar arrays to increase the amount of renewable energy collected in the country and preserve the increasingly-taxed grid, and SpaceX scored a a $1.6 billion contract with NASA that allows SpaceX to complete 12 supply trips to the International Space Station (ISS) and back. The rockets can also be reused, landing vertically rather than crashing into the ocean. 

A Tesla spokesperson said Musk "is honored by Larry’s comments and very much admires what he has accomplished with Google." 

Source: TED Blog

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I need...
By MrBlastman on 3/21/2014 1:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
A bodysnatcher. Anyone know one out there? Anyone? It can't be too hard to dig one up.

RE: I need...
By Belegost on 3/21/2014 2:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
Larry should definitely be watching his back, that inheritance could pay for a pretty big battery factory...

RE: I need...
By drycrust3 on 3/21/2014 3:40:06 PM , Rating: 1
Snatching Page's body won't actually help you, you need to con the world, or Page at least, that you're an innovative person.
I should point out that mere fact you wanted someone else to solve this instead of dirtying your own hands is pretty close to "the last nail in the coffin" of a career as an innovator. A really innovative person would have dug up a solution to this problem themselves.

RE: I need...
By MrBlastman on 3/21/2014 4:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
I'm more diabolical than that. See, I don't want to snatch Page at all. I want to snatch Musk. But why would I do that? If I wanted Page's money, I should just snatch him, instead, right?


See, I'd snatch Musk and patiently wait for Page to die. I don't care about the money. Sure, it'd be nice, but, to see the look on everyone's face when I reveal Musk was snatched after receiving every dime--that'd be priceless.

Page would think he was getting the last laugh on all his friends/family/world/whatever... but in the end... it'd be spoiled.


My name...
By DT_Reader on 3/21/2014 2:34:06 PM , Rating: 2
is Elon Musk.

By Endoftheworldmay2014 on 4/13/2014 9:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
May 1

Dow. 17017.17
Nasdaq. 4404.4
S&P. 2002.00

May. 2

Dow. 17171.71
Nasdaq. 4444.44
S&P. 2020.20

Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By SoCalBoomer on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Dug on 3/21/2014 3:30:07 PM , Rating: 5
Because you don't understand how or who he's helping, you seem upset.

Maybe you should look at what Elon Musk has done. And look at the comment that Larry made. He specifically is looking at people that change the world. Elon is not looking to help individuals that will just use money one time and it will be gone. He is building foundations that will change the world going forward. If you can't see that, then I'm sorry for you.

It wouldn't be any different if someone had given Ford millions to help him.

By SoCalBoomer on 3/24/2014 7:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
I have looked at what Musk has done and admire it. I'm a space geek and love what he's doing with SpaceX - but, again, tell me how a vertically landing rocket is going to help us, as a people? How many, really, will it affect? Not many.

You mention Ford - remember, he wasn't the first to make a car; even the first to make a fairly reliable car (it wasn't, really) or easy to drive (it wasn't, at all). He was the first to make a CHEAP car for the masses. Tell me how Musk is doing that with cars that cost 3-4 TIMES what my main car cost (bought it new at less than $20K - BASE price of a Tesla S is $71K).

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/21/2014 7:07:56 PM , Rating: 3
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like improved space travel and more efficient transportation have a lot of potential to change humanity and the world...

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Lord 666 on 3/21/2014 7:49:15 PM , Rating: 2
It was only until the NCC-1701-D did things getting interesting so we still have some time.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/21/2014 10:24:04 PM , Rating: 3
What part of unmanned reusable cargo hauler sounds like the NCC-1701 to you?
Star Trek isn't real... sorry, man.

By delphinus100 on 3/23/2014 12:48:11 AM , Rating: 2

The entire National Aeronautics and Space Administration has yet to spend even one trillion USD in the totality of its existence (that is, since 1957)

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By sorry dog on 3/23/2014 12:46:13 PM , Rating: 1
Those are great things, but I sure wish we could see some billionaire donating money towards dialing back the police state government monster we've created in the last few decades?

Instead we have Gates trying to cure diseases in Africa... that's just what we need...another billion people on the globe. I guess he sees another potential billion windows users.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By nafhan on 3/24/2014 10:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
Actually... if you read BG's stuff, he believes that improving health will humanely reduce population by encouraging people to have less children (like what's happening in Europe, Japan, etc.). In a roundabout way, that's why he got into "curing diseases" in the first place.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By 1prophet on 3/24/2014 1:57:55 PM , Rating: 2
Japan yes, Europe no, because they still want their cheap labor by importing immigrants who believe in large families, the right to beat their wives, blasphemy laws and many other beliefs and primitive cultural attributes that most westerners have freed themselves from.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By FaaR on 3/21/2014 7:16:17 PM , Rating: 2
If Musk had been building cars with big-block V8s I'm sure that instead of throwing up you'd be spooging your pants instead. You're just have your usual reaction to anything transport-related that doesn't have carcinogens spewing out of its tailpipe, that's all.

As for who page should donate his fortune to, well, considering he made his money himself through his own smarts and hard work rather than just inheriting it all that's really his business now isn't it. That's the american way, right? Making your own luck here in the world and all.

RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yeah, that sounds great. . .
By clarkn0va on 3/23/2014 10:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
I literally threw up

Then you are a masochist for continuing to come back to every story about this guy.

By pandemonium on 3/22/2014 2:25:11 AM , Rating: 2
It's baffling to me how people can comment on an article (they supposedly read), that they know so little about - with so much disdain - due to them not reading enough. The irony.

Elon Musk doesn't have billions. He's invested most of his earnings, from Zip2 and Paypal, back into his current ventures (which have had little outside investment). If anything, you should understand that most of his companies are struggling because they've received very little outside financial support and a lot of opposition.

I admire Page's backing for Musk, because his companies really are changing the status quo.

SpaceX is starting to launch more and more of NASA's modules, instead of using the Soyuz rockets, at a cheaper rate, due to them operating and being built much more efficiently than NASA's Shuttle program or the Soyuz rockets are.

Solar City is basically building an infrastructure of solar panel power, one user at a time, for zero initial investment from the end-user.

Tesla was losing money on every Roadster they sold, and is in phase 2 (Model S - sedan), moving quickly to phase 3. Phase 2 is generating less loss, and phase 3 will be where the electric vehicle will be more of an affordable option for the common consumer.

All-in-all, Musk has a vision for building and maintaining an infrastructure for renewable energies - more advanced technologies at a faster pace than most people can accept it - and is laying the ground-work for that to actually happen.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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