Who Is Elon Musk

The Real Internet Action Is Local. Laurie J. Flynn, 14 September 1998. Perhaps the most notable local on-line activity recently has been in the newspaper business, where an aggressive upstart, Zip2, has managed to forge partnerships with 160 papers around the country. Twenty of those deals have led to full-scale city guides, said Elon Musk, chairman and founder of Zip2, which is based in Mountain View, Calif.

The remaining deals have produced local guides within newspapers’ Web sites. Among the full-scale guides is New York Today, a result of a partnership between Zip2 and The New York Times. One of the primary things Zip2 provides newspapers is an on-line Yellow Pages with links directly into store listings and reviews.

Zip2 also offers a personalization feature, calendar listings and free E-mail. Through a deal with Zip2, The Boston Globe, a New York Times Company newspaper, offers event and local information as a part of Boston.com, the regional Web site it created in 1995 (The New York Times).

A Bold Plan to Go Where Men Have Gone Before. Leslie Wayne, 5 February 2006. Through his company, Space Explorations Technology, or SpaceX, Mr. Musk wants to send things to space for one-third of the going rate or less — even bringing down the price to $7 million for small payloads to low Earth orbit — with a series of simple rockets of his own design.

His goal is to build a Volkswagen of the cosmos, a bare-bones and dirt-cheap rocket that will go into space and return, to be used again and again. Commercial launchings currently cost $5,000 to $10,000 per pound of payload; Mr. Musk says his simple rockets could do it for $1,000 a pound (The New York Times).

Is eBay the New Testing Ground for Star Entrepreneurs? CNet, 28 July 2006. Every couple of years, a new company in Silicon Valley becomes a wellspring of a new generation of entrepreneurs and executives. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, Intel sales guys like Bill Davidow and John Doerr went onto V.C. firms Mohr Davidow Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. In the ’90s, Sun execs popped up as C.E.O. of Autodesk (Carol Bartz) and Motorola (Ed Zander).

Now, says MarketWatch’s Mark Kanellos, eBay seems to be churning out a good number of people who are ending up at companies that are attracting attention. Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, which eBay acquired, has started a company that wants to send rockets into space commercially. He’s also chairman and an investor in Tesla Motors, which makes an all-electric sports car. Chad Hurley, another PayPal employee, started YouTube. (CNet via The New York Times).

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