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knew that just by being in Los Angeles he would be surrounded by the world’s top space thinkers.
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What followed was one of the nastiest overthrows in Silicon Valley’s long history of nasty overthrows. A small group of X.com employees gathered one night and brainstormed about
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The family went on numerous shopping excursions in which they realized midtrip that Elon had gone missing. Maye or Kimbal would pop into the nearest bookstore and find Elon.
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The rank-and-file engineers at SpaceX tended to be young male overachievers. Musk would personally reach out to the aerospace departments of top colleges and inquire about the students who had finished with the best marks on their exams. It was not unusual for him to call the students in their dorm rooms and recruit them over the phone.
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These early days marked the arrival of Mary Beth Brown as well. Brown—or MB, as everyone called her—became Musk’s loyal assistant, establishing a real-life version of the relationship between Iron Man’s Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. If Musk worked a twenty-hour day, so did Brown. Over the years, she brought Musk meals, set up his business appointments, arranged time with his children, picked out his clothes, dealt with press requests, and, when necessary, yanked Musk out of meetings to keep him on schedule. She became the only bridge between Musk and all of his companies.
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SpaceX was to be America’s attempt at a redo in the rocket business. Musk felt that the space industry had not really improved in about fifty years. The aerospace companies had little competition and tended to make very expensive products that achieved maximum performance, even when something less expensive and less powerful would do just as well.
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Founded in June 2002, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) came to life in humble settings.
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Musk had reverted to his childhood state as a devourer of information and had realized that rockets could and should be made much cheaper than what the Russians were offering. Forget the mice. Forget the plant with its own video feed growing—or possibly dying—on Mars. Musk would inspire people to think about exploring space again by making it cheaper to explore space.
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The somber mood lingered all the way to the plane. “You always feel particularly good when the wheels lift off in Moscow,” Cantrell said. “It’s like, ‘My God. I made it.’”
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The Russians were the only ones with rockets that could possibly fit within Musk’s budget.
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In late October 2001, Musk, Cantrell, and Adeo Ressi, Musk’s friend from college, boarded a commercial flight to Moscow. Ressi had been trying to figure out whether his best friend had started to lose his mind, and along with some other of Musk’s friends, tried to talk him out of wasting his money on space experiments. When Ressi couldn’t change Musk’s mind, he went along to Russia to try to watch out for Musk as best as he could.
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He resigned from his position as a director of the Mars Society and announced his own organization—the Life to Mars Foundation.
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The average person might see space exploration as a waste of time and effort, but Musk thought about interplanetary travel in a very serious way. He wanted to inspire the masses and reignite their passion for science, conquest, and the promise of technology.
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Musk made about $250 million from the sale to eBay, or $180 million after taxes—enough to make what would turn out to be his very wild dreams possible.
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In March 2000, X.com and Confinity finally decided to stop trying to spend each other into oblivion and to join forces through a merger.
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Musk did not let the fact that he knew very little about the complex details of banking bother him. He had an idea that the bankers were doing finance all wrong—being too slow and too old-fashioned—and that he could run the business better than everyone else.
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For years, Musk had been considering starting an internet bank. He had even discussed it openly during his internship at Pinnacle Research in 1995. Musk had lectured the scientists about the transition coming in finance where people would stop visiting local banks and start doing most of their banking online. The scientists tried to talk him down, saying that it would take ages for web security to be good enough to handle online transactions safely. Musk, though, remained convinced that the finance industry could do with a major upgrade.
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To his credit, Musk plowed the majority of the money he made from Zip2 straight into X.com.
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Musk began thinking back to his time as an intern at the Bank of Nova Scotia. There, he had formed the opinion that many bankers are rich but not too bright—which now felt like an opportunity.
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Musk had learned a major lesson from Zip2, mostly that he would not let investors exert too much influence over his ventures. From that point on, Musk would fight to keep control of his companies and stay CEO.
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