The Journey of Elon Musk [Infographic]

American entrepreneur, investor, and the billionaire CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Company – Elon Reeve Musk is the man who brought revolutionized scientific breakthroughs to many industries such as automotive, e-commerce, and space flights. Stubborn to his future-oriented dreams, he is a genius who has succeeded mastering the art of failing.

The Journey of Elon Musk

Some of the awe-inspiring quotes of Elon Musk:

  1. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
  2. “I always have optimism, but I’m realistic. It was not with the expectation of great success that I started Tesla or SpaceX…. It’s just that I thought they were important enough to do anyway.”
  3. “When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.”

Infographic Content:

Early Stage

(How he started?)

From 1971 – 1994

  1. Born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa
  2. Read 10 hours a day as a kid
  3. At age 9 – chose to stay with father as parents divorced
  4. Got his first personal computer – the Commodore VIC-20
  5. At age 12 – created a video game Blastar and sold it to a computer magazine for $500
  6. 1989 – Moved to Canada, stayed with relatives of mother
  7. 1989 – Went to Queens University in Kingston, Ontario
  8. Sold computers out of a dorm room
  9. 1992 – left college to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania
  10. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics
  11. Got Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Wharton School of the UPenn in 1994
  12. Entered Stanford University in California for PhD in applied physics and left the university in 2 days

A step towards new internet ventures with Zip2 and PayPal

From 1995 – 2002

  1. Lived in the rented office
  2. Created Zip2 with brother Kimbal
  3. Zip2 soon became a platform for The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to provide content
  4. 1999 – Compaq bought Zip2 for $307 million in cash ($34 million in stock options)
  5. 1999 – launched the online banking site X.com, renamed PayPal
  6. 2002 – Sold PayPal to eBay for $1.5 billion in stock (earned $165 million)

Failure during 1995 – 2002:

  • Ousted as CEO from his own company Zip2 in 1996
  • 1999 – Bought McLaren F1 worth $ million and soon crashed it
  • 2000 – thrown out of the post of CEO from PayPal

The Rise of SpaceX and Tesla Motors

(Innovations, inventions, and achievements)

From 2002 – 2018

  1. Founded SpaceX, a corporation to build space crafts for commercial space travel in 2002
  2. Invested $10 million in SolarCity Corporation
  3. 2004 – met Tesla founders, invested
  4. Received NASA’s contract cargo transport to International Space Station
  5. Became CEO of Tesla Motors
  6. 2010 – Tesla Motors raised $226 million with initial public offering

Failure during 2002 – 2010:

  • Russia refused selling him rockets for his space ventures with “Young boy. No”
  • 3 rocket launch failures (2006 – 2008), almost went to bankruptcy
  1. Promised to send humans to Mars by 2021-2031
  2. Launched Supercharger network in Sep 2012
  3. 10,500 Model S were sold, Motor Trend magazine named it Car of the Year in 2013
  4. Announced plans for Hyperloop in 2013 – super-fast, environment-friendly transportation system
  5. April 08, 2016 – SpaceX landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea
  6. 2016 – announced SpaceX working on Interplanetary Transport System (ITS)

Failure after 2010:

  • 2016 – rocket explosion at launch with Facebook’s satellite worth $300 million

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

  1. April 2017 – became the most valuable U.S. car maker surpassing General Motors
  2. Nov 2017 – Revealed Tesla Semi electric truck
  3. Net worth – nearly $21 billion by 2018

With a career of reaching to success through failures, Elon Musk has taught everyone that the amount of success will always be greater than the amount of failure only if we dare not to stop.



Author: Robert Duke
Robert Duke is a Marketing Manager and Spokesperson of Blue Mail Media.