ELON MUSK: HOW THIS MAN IS CHANGING THE WORLD & WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM!
Elon Musk is the visionary and entrepreneur behind PayPal, Tesla & SpaceX. A billionaire businessman, ranked amongst both the 100 richest people in the world andthe 100 most influential according to Time magazine. This workshop will look at how this man aims to transition the world to electric vehicles, solar energy and send 1 million people to colonise Mars in the coming decades! We will discuss how he has been able to achieve so much and what impact his ideas will have on our lives.
* I would like to credit Tim Urban’s excellent Wait But Why article “Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man” as the original inspiration and basis for much of the content of this workshop.
REAL LIFE IRON MAN
Musk has been labelled in the media as the real-life Iron Man. Before shooting the first Iron Man film, the leading actor Robert Downey Jr. went to meet Elon Musk to get inspiration for his character. Elon even had a short cameo role in the 2010 film Iron Man 2.
INDUSTRIES ELON MUSK IS CURRENTLY REVOLUTIONIZING
* Solar Energy
* Energy Storage
* High-Speed Ground Transportation (The Hyperloop)
* Multi-Planetary Expansion
Let’s just say this guy likes to keep himself busy.
Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa. Childhood wasn’t a great time for him - he had a tough family life and never fitted in well at school. But, like you often read in the bios of extraordinary people, he was an avid self-learner early on. His brother Kimbal has said Elon would often read for 10 hours a day - a lot of science fiction and eventually, a lot of non-fiction too. By fourth grade, he was constantly buried in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
At the age of nine when he got his hands on his first computer, the Commodore VIC-20. It came with five kilobytes of memory and a “how to program” guide that was intended to take the user six months to complete. Nine-year-old Elon finished it in three days. At 12, he used his skills to create a video game called Blastar, which was good enough to be sold to a computer magazine for $500 ($1,200 in today’s money). 
Elon dreamed of moving to the Silicon Valley in the US. At the age of 17 he left South Africa forever to study in Canada. His mum was a Canadian citizen so it was easier to get a visa to Canada than the US. A few years later he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania as a way into the US and completed two degrees, one in physics the other in economics. He then started a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University, but dropped out after two days to start a company involved in something called ‘the Internet’.
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE ELON MUSK WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- WHAT WILL MOST AFFECT THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY?
- DARK TIMES
- LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
- STEPPING ON POWERFUL PEOPLE’S TOES
- THE ENGLISH LOVE AFFAIR
- ACHIEVING THE END GAME
- TESLA’S GIGAFACTORY
- OPEN AI
- WHAT MAKES ELON SO SUCCESSFUL?
If you were having a coffee with Elon Musk and could ask him one question, what would it be? Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.
- to label: (verb) [Portuguese: rotular] – to attach a label to (something) or classify something.
- cameo role: (noun) [Portuguese: participação especial] - is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves.
- tough: (adjective) [Portuguese: difícil] - endure a period of hardship or difficulty.
- to fit in: (verb) [Portuguese: se-encaixar] – to be easily accepted within a group or place.
- physics: (noun) [Portuguese: física] - the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.
- genetic code: (noun) [Portuguese: Código genético] - the nucleotide triplets of DNA and RNA molecules that carry genetic information in living cells.
- Yellow Pages: (noun) [Portuguese: lista telefônica] - a telephone directory, or a section of one, printed on yellow paper and listing businesses and other organizations according to the goods or services they offer.
- out-dated: (adjective) [Portuguese: ultrapassada] – to out of fashion, old or obsolete.
- avid: (adjective) [Portuguese: ávido] - having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something. “an avid reader of science fiction”.
- voracious: (adjective) [Portuguese: voraz] - wanting or devouring great quantities of food. “he had a voracious appetite”.
- gross margin: (noun) [Portuguese: margem bruta] -is the difference between revenue and cost of goods sold, divided by revenue, expressed as a percentage.
- to leap: (verb) [Portuguese: saltar] - jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force.
- to found: (verb) [Portuguese: fundar] - establish or originate (an institution or organization), especially by providing an endowment.
- a one stop shop: (noun) [Portuguese: um balcão único] – A shop or company that sells everything you need.
- stepping on the toes (of someone): (expression) [Portuguese: ?] – to upset someone, esp. by getting involved in something that is that person's responsibility.
- a thorn in the side: (expression) [Portuguese: ?] - someone or something that continually causes problems for you.
- folks: (noun) [Portuguese: pessoal] - people in general.
- military-industrial complex: (noun) [Portuguese: complexo industrial militar] - a country's military establishment and those industries producing arms or other military materials, regarded as a powerful vested interest.
- to mess with: (verb) [Portuguese: mexer com] – to interfere with (someone or something).
- bullet train: (noun) [Portuguese: trem-bala] - a high-speed passenger train.
- flaw: (noun) [Portuguese: falha] - a mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object.
- big players: (noun) [Portuguese: grandes operadores] - a very influential person or group.
- “Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man” Urban, Tim, 7th May 2015, Wait But Why
- “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” Vance, Ashlee, May 19, 2015
- “How (and why) Space X will colonize Mars” Urban, Tim, 16th August 2015, Wait But Why
- “How Tesla Will Change The World" Urban, Tim, 2nd June 2015, Wait But Why
- “Why Elon Musk called Tesla’s SolarCity Acquisition a No-Brainer” Mohan, Pavithra, 2nd August, 2016, FastCompany
- “Tesla Motors Forbes Profile” May 2016
- “SpaceX’s Share Price Climbs Further” Lee Alfred, June 2016, The Information
- “Elon Musk Forbes Profile” October, 2016 Forbes
- “Tesla Powerwall Keynote by Elon Musk "The Missing Piece" Youtube video
- “The Deal with the Hyperloop” Urban, Tim, June 2015, Wait But Why
- “The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce”, Urban, Tim, 6th November 2015, Wait But Why
- “Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity...”, (Interview with Elon Musk) TED Talk, February 2013
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