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Geekgirl exposed: I’m a huge fan of Elon Musk

Source: Fast Company
Source: Fast Company

If you’ve followed me on Twitter (@MoesseArtist), you know I have tremendous admiration for Elon Musk. I don’t know when he came on my radar, but on so many levels, what he is doing and trying to do just rocks my world.

Consider:

He’s brought to market a sleek, elite electric car everyone loves, under the company name Tesla (Another icon of mine from another century).

He’s put together the talent and genius to build rockets that might someday go to Mars at costs far below the usual players and upending the space industry.

He’s behind SolarCity – the nation’s largest residential solar installer and is disrupting the energy industry in a huge way as well.

Taken alone, each of those efforts is enough to launch an individual into that rare air stratosphere of titans of industry and let’s face it, in this day and age, the U.S. is lackluster in the innovation department, to say the least.

The thing that really gets me, that shows me this guy is for real trying to build a better world, is when Elon Musk released all the Tesla Patents “in the spirit of the open source movement.”

This is how he explained it:

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

I don’t know about you, but to me, that move is a stunning example of a selfless desire to better the world.

I’ve just finished Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (a geek-girl’s dream). It’s exceptionally well-written and Vance does a superb job of covering this amazing individual.  Jump over here for my review of that book . The enormity of Musk’s accomplishments is the stuff of legends and Vance does him justice.

Were you familiar with Elon Musk? What do you think about him?