The Journey of Real Life Iron Man Elon Musk

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By Tapas Pal Updated
Birth And Early Life

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria SouthAfrica June 28, 1971. His father was an electromechanical engineer named Errol Musk and mother was Maye Haldeman a model from Canada. Musk was raised by his father in South Africa.

A born learner and had a very skilled brain. At the age of 12 he wrote the code of his own video game known as Blastar, the first product of the genius minded was created. The product code was sold to the magazine called PC AND OFFICE TECHNOLOGY with a benefit of $500.

The primary education of Musk started in the school called Waterloof House Preparatory School. In June 1989 Musk moved on to Canada and in 1992 he left Canada after getting a scholarship to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Musk earned the under graduate degree in economics. Year 1995 he headed to pursue PHD In Physics.

As morning shows the day and childhood shows the man”, it could be understood by his acts that the day yet was to the brightest and the man would be victorious in his path. Elon himself at his college time use to say that he wanted himself to be a part of things that could change the world and now he is what he said.

Start And Progress Of The Career

Elon Musk started a web software company called Zip2 in March 1995 with a total capital of $28000. But In Year 1999 when Compaq took over Zip2 Musk received a huge amount of $22million as his 7% share. The best was yet to come. In year 1999 Musk became the co founder of an online financial services as well as e-mail paying solutions. A year later the company was merged with Confinity and a new service was born called PayPal.

In year 2001 Musk visualized a concept called “Mars Oasis”, a project of landing a small greenhouse on Mars for experimentation of “life on Mars”. In year 2002 PayPal was taken over by eBay and Musk received $165 million as the 11.7% share in the company. In year 2002 Musk created a company called SpaceX with the goal of solar system planetary civilization settlement.

In year 2006 SpaceX was contracted with NASA for development of Falcon9.  On May 25, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon vehicle made history as the first commercial company to launch and moored to the International Space Station. In two years, SpaceX has produced more than 100 operational Merlin 1D engines, currently the world’s most powerful motor for its weight to power ratio.

Musk funded a big lot of amount in series of investment in February 2004 and joining Tesla’s board of directors as its chairman. In year 2006 Musk invested in SolarCity as the largest share holder and the company is now the second largest company to provide of solar power systems in the USA. The ideas and concepts of Musk have taken him to the peak of his career.

Milestones And Achivements

Elon Musk is one of the greatest example of how far and limitlessly a person and his achievements can go. In year 2007 Musk received the award of R&D Magazine Innovator Of The Year as well as Inc Magazine Entrepreneur Of The Year for his work on Tesla and SpaceX. As a designer he received the 2007 Index Design award for Tesla Roadster. Musk was recognized for his design of Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit.

Although he received the award for design of Falcon1 but his all time favorite inspiration will be Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The achievements continued with The Automotive Executive of the Year in 2010 for demonstrating technology leadership and innovation. Elon was the youngest one ever to receive this award.

In year 2013, Musk was named the Fortune Businessperson of the year for his research and development of SpaceX, SolarCity and Tesla Motors. And sociably how can we forget his special appearance in movie Iron Man 2 with the idea poping out of electric propulsion engine.


We can say Elon has an extremely proficient understanding of aerospace engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering and designing. Dramatically saying Elon Musk is the real life Tony Stark. And as we say “if it doesn’t challenge it won’t change you” Musk took every aspect of life as a challenge and was proved successful. Musk can be described as a workaholic with his passion for continued progress. As the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla musk has shown his power of creativity and how he can use technology to ground breaking innovations. Musk started a company with an amount of $28000 in year 1995 and now Musk’s net worth is about $12.4 billion till January 2016. Yet more has to come. This is the greatest example of how dedicated to his work he is. In his own words “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough”.

Elon can be called a successful entrepreneur, a founder, science enthusiast. Musk is a brilliant and eccentric minded person who knows his thoughts and acts are changing the world. His gallant work and concepts on SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Hyperloop and OpenAI are proves that this man has much more to show the world than it meets the eye. Science enthusiast like Elon Mask have opened new path for technology to flourish and blossom.


Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and keep questioning yourself. — ELON REEVE MUSK