06/26/2015

Author Ashlee Vance Explores the ‘Unified Theory of Elon Musk’

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In his new book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, journalist Ashlee Vance describes the technologist Elon Musk as “an inventor, celebrity, business man, and industrialist able to take big ideas and turn them into big products.” Vance takes us back to Musk’s his first startup, X.com, and the coup that ousted him, and tells us how Space X sprouted from an idea to send a greenhouse to Mars. Read an excerpt from the book here.

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Ashlee Vance

Ashlee Vance is the author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ecco, 2015) and a technology journalist based in Palo Alto, California.

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