Technology and inspiration - the two words naturally go hand in hand. Any advancement in technology has to be triggered by something, there simply must be a spark, an inspiration behind an advancement or an idea from some external source. This, more often than not, comes from a brilliant mind - as evidenced throughout history.
The greatest minds are often drivers of change, real innovators who shape the face of the world and impact the future.
Here at Claritas we celebrate these people who have changed the way we live today and in the first instalment of our #techspiration content series we’re covering an innovator of current time: Elon Musk.
- Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa in 1971
- Aged 10 he developed a keen interest in computing and by age 12 he’d began computer programming
- Before his 18th birthday he had moved to Canada and enrolled to University
- After University he spent two days doing a PhD before quitting to pursue his aspirations in areas of the internet, renewable energy and outer space. It’s safe to say this turned out to be a good decision.
What makes him great?
Elon Musk’s career has been nothing short of revolutionary both on earth and in space. His automotive company, Tesla Motors, is succeeding in the production and selling of fully electric vehicles to a mass market whilst his rocket business, SpaceX is valued at over $20 billion.
Musk was a cofounder of PayPal and received $1.4 billion when eBay bought the company in 2001.
Not only a great businessman, Elon is instrumental in the drive for sustainable energy and donates a sizable chunk to good causes.
Why he’s a techspiration to Claritas
Because he can deliver. Elon made a promise in 2017 that he could produce the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to solve a problem for South Australia in under 100 days… or it was free.
He duly delivered and the South Australian Government noted that the 100MW battery farm has enough storage capacity to power more than 30,000 homes. Elon Musk has the walk, to accompany the talk – making good on his promises.
Our favourite quote
If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.