An interview with ELON MUSK
Chief Executive Officer, SpaceX
Moderator: VIJAY VAITHEESWARAN
Global Correspondent, The Economist
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Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of SpaceX. He was an early investor in PayPal. He is chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlines why he thinks investing in space exploration is important. He argues that he started SpaceX not out of pessimism about the human race, but rather because he believes moving to the cosmos is an important step in human evolution.