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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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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.

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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