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"I Fell in Love With the Idea that Someone was Making Difficult Things Again" - Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

Elon MuskDivan Botha recently interviewed Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future, for Winslyn on kykNET.

Speaking from Palo Alto in San Francisco, Vance explains why he decided to write a book about Musk: “When I saw what Elon was really doing and visited the Tesla factory and the SpaceX factory, I kind of fell in love with the idea that someone was making very difficult things again.”

After writing a cover story on Musk for Business Week, Vance pitched the idea of a book to the entrepreneur. Musk wasn’t sold, he’d wanted to write a book himself, but after a while he came round to the idea.

Vance’s book has been on the Sunday Times bestseller list since its release in South Africa, in July, August and September. Among the people he interviewed are Musk’s colleagues at PayPal, ex-girlfriends, family, friends and former classmates at Pretoria Boys High School.

Botha asks: “What was your perception of him before you started going through this journey with him, and what was your perception after you finished the book?”

Watch the video for Vance’s answer:

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Musk recently launched a new SUV, the Tesla Model X, fast-tracking his mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport”.

Through his SpaceX company, Musk also plans on making Wi-Fi more accessible for everyone.

Read the article to find out how he plans on doing just that:

Elon Musk has officially requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch a 4000 strong flotilla of satellites into orbit.

Elon Musk’s space company ‘SpaceX’ announced their primary plans in January with the official request coming early last week. If all goes to plan the satellites could be in orbit and the Internet operational within five years.

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