Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The fascinating life of Elon Musk, captured in one giant infographic

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Tesla is just part of his story
From getting bullied and thrown down the stairs in grammar school to becoming “Earth’s most future-oriented person” and earning billions of dollars in the process, it’s hard to wrap one’s brain around just how much Elon Musk has managed to stuff into his 44 years of life. But that’s where this massive infographic, created by information designer Anna Vital, comes in. Read the full article.
“In a hundred years, when most people reading this and the person writing this are long gone, Musk’s cars and rockets will still be circling the Earth and the skies,” writes Anna Vital from the Funders and Founders blog. “How can such a person get started against all odds is the question I ask here. And, more importantly, what can we learn from him?”
The illustrated life’s journey, which leans heavily on Ashlee Vance’s book, winds through several milestones and inflection points, like when Musk sold his first videogame and the time he left Stanford’s PhD program after just two days.
And, of course, it also mentions how Musk, after reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” decided his life’s mission would be to save humanity.
Those are just a few of the highlights. It’s a huge visualization , so we broke it down into some notable sections.
The rough early years, capped by a nice profit at the age of 12:
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A youthful existential crisis and getting his hands dirty:
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A formal education and some dues-paying:
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Grappling with tragedy, pondering Tesla and making the bucks:
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Still to come:
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For now, Musk is basking in the glow of what looks to be a huge success with the upcoming Model 3, a more affordable Tesla TSLA, -0.62%  aimed at the mass market. The company has already taken in hundreds of thousands of preorders for a car that won’t be delivered until 2017 at the earliest.