Side Projects of Elon Musk

Michelle D'souza Michelle D'souza
Jan 28, 2021 10 min read
Side Projects of Elon Musk

The South African-born American entrepreneur Elon Musk, (born June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa) cofounds PayPal as an electronic payment firm, and creates SpaceX, the launch vegetable and spacecraft manufacturer. He has also been one of the first major investors in the electric car manufacturer Tesla as well as Chief Executive Officer.

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Early life

Musk came from a father from South Africa and a mother of Canada. He showed early computer and entrepreneurial talent.  In 1988, Musk left South Africa after obtaining the Canadian passport because he refused to support apartheid by the military and because he wanted the greater economic opportunities available in the United States.

Early Talent
Early Talent 

After his studies, he joined Stanford University, but after just two days bravely dropped out with his brother to launch Zip2's first company. Zip2 just arrived to help companies get online at the start of the Internet boom.

Musk then sold his Zip2 share to co-found in 1999, with the millions raised, and PaysPal was later merged. Despite disagreements and dismissal of Paypal as a CEO as the larger shareholder in 2000, eBay earned millions of dollars in the $1.5 billion deal acquired by Pay Pal to kick off the Musk Revolution we know so much today. An impressive amount of business plan, start-ups and side projects is acquired by the billionaire, each working on revolutionizing.

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Elon Musk Side Projects:

1. The Boring Company

The Boring Company Logo
The Boring Company Logo

The Boring Company (TBC) develops safe, fast-to-dig, and low-cost transport-, utilities and freight tunnels. The company was founded by Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX. Our Loop service is planned to be the fastest and best system ever.

It can be claimed that the Dull Business was recognised more for its name or whacky goods (not least "Not A Flamethrower") than the brilliant piece of work before the enthusiastic presence of Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan Experience padcast. The name is taken from its key function: bore tunnels and was created in 2016 as a result of the frustration of traffic, as revealed by Elon Musk on Twitter.

This organization installs tunnels and infrastructures in crowded cities to alleviate pollution. Building contracts in Chicago, Los Angeles, and California are still in place.

2. Hyperloop

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Hyperloop Logo

In a white paper written by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX in 2013, Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed land transportation system planned for passengers and freight. It consists of partially evacuated tubes and high-speed passenger and cargo capsules.

Some found the most ambitious development of Hyperloop Musk yet, which is a major assertion if you believe it succeeds in space and creates thirty-layer long tubes. Hyperloop is a proposed mode of transportation, according to Elon Musk, for 380 plus miles of journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes.

When do you expect this to happen? With a tunnel, the rail system is built that can operate with reduced drag 800 miles per hour. Currently, Hyperloop is still much in its planning stages, although there were first leaks.

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3. Solar City

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SolarCity Logo

SolarCity is an Elon Musk initiative that we as makers of renewable and energy-saving goods keep tight to our hearts. It was not clearer that Elon shared our view of a better world – and our mission to contribute to it – than SolarCity.

The brothers Peter and Lyndon Rive created SolarCity in 2006 on the basis of a recommendation of their cousin Elon Musk, chairman and promoter of the organization for a solar business idea. The installed solar panels could produce 440 megawatts (MW) of power by 2009.

SolarCity is the second-largest solar panel supplier in the USA, an affiliate of Tesla. It pushes the big step towards self-consuming electricity, just as we do at myenergy, from its long-lasting glass to its transparent solar cells.

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Neuralink Logo

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4. Open AI

OpenAI logo
OpenAI logo

Musk has been worried about the possible risks of artificial intelligence for some time now. The organization has for several years warned that AI represents the biggest existential danger for human life, as does the technology "invoking the demon." In the light of this strong position with respect to artificial intelligence, it was a little interesting that Musk announced in December 2015 the launch of its own AI research firm. Open AI is funded by investments of more than $1 billion and focuses on the protection and responsibility of evolving AI technologies.

By making it available to all, Musk insists that this is the way for major businesses who wish to take advantage of the invention for their own financial benefit.

His Successful Projects:

1. Spacex

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Spacex Logo

"SpaceX designs and manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft," founded in 2002 with the aim of revitalizing global interest in space exploration while massively lowering costs. The reusable Falcon Strong, the world's most efficient operating rocket that holds approximately 64 kilograms, is now mastered by Elon Musk and SpaceX's 6000 employees. It arrives in February 2018 after his successful test flight.

With the Falcon 1, a two-stage liquid-fuel craft, the organization entered the arena to bring small satellites into orbit. The Falcon 1 was much cheaper in terms of design and functioning than its rivals, a spacecraft sector mostly dominated by publicly owned and government-funded businesses like Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The SpaceX-developed Merlin engine, a cheaper alternative to those used by other firms, made part of rocket economic efficiency feasible. SpaceX also aimed at making reusable warheads

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2. Tesla

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Tesla Logo

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Tesla Motors started with the roadster and proceeded with the X, S and Model 3, which will be in the immediate future. In each model, competitive demand has grown to build their own electric and hybrid cars and the increasing promise of petrol and diesel replacements is illuminated more clearly.

Tesla has changed the story well and truly in terms of renewable technology on the highways, manufacturing cars capable of driving up to 315 miles with only one charge and hitting 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

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The failures faced by Elon Musk

We all know that Elon Musk is an utter visionary with unbelievably better ideas than other citizens. In a recent interview with Joe Rogan, Musk said it was nearly like a curse that he had so many valuable ideas that he always failed to concentrate on a project.

On the other hand, we are also mindful that on a number of occasions the South African contractor has struggled, many of which include extremely problematic scenarios. Yet Elon Musk seems to be still at the forefront of all the adversities and all the odds.

Therefore, I wanted to speak about these failures and demonstrate how Elon repeatedly overcomes the most destructive blows and uses the lessons to boost his company:

1. Netscape Denial and Ousted at Zip2

Elon Musk did not give up
Elon Musk did not give up

When Elon first started out, he applied to a variety of new tech firms, including Netscape, without success. He created a searchable business directory named Zip2 in view of these rejections, which was effectively an online equivalent of a telephone book.

It might now sound like a very easy concept, but at a time when the use of computers was still very limited, this was groundbreaking. Sadly, in the early years, Zip2 failed and most founders showed little interest in financing the idea.
In 1996, however, Zip2 finally obtained some much-needed funding, but Elon Musk was ousted as the company's CEO and given a much smaller role. The entrepreneur chose, after great success, to move forward to focus on a brand-new project that would be the beginning of what we all know as PayPal.

2. Paypal Was Initially Voted ‘the Worst Business Concept of the Year’

Believe it or not, as it was launched as authentication software for the PalmPilot and other mobile devices, PayPal was voted the worst business concept of the year in 1999. Musk and co-founder Max Levchin, however, continued to concentrate on building an online wallet that was beginning to gain momentum. Eventually, PayPal received funding to grow this project and the business went public in 2002.


It's true that Elon Musk is not only a genius, considering his many mistakes, but also an extremely ambitious human with a burning desire to excel. Although Tesla and Space X are sure to enjoy a prosperous future, it is a tribute to his character that we can clearly not doubt or imagine what the next South African will do!
The media's tendency to run through the mistakes as an entrepreneur is one thing we should not all skip over. Never doubt, though, as an upcoming entrepreneur. And when you do make it, they will already be off for your achievements.

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