Elon & Mark: How the Success Story of these 21st Century Innovators Inspired Me

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, people that have inspired me. I hope we all get inspired.

  1. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, Engineer and inventor.He is the founder of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of which merged with PayPal of Confinity. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is also chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas.

Musk started out in 1995with his brother, Kimbal, where they started Zip2, a web software company, with their father’s money which was later acquired by Compaq with Musk getting a percentage from the sale.

In March 1999, Musk co-founded, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with money he got from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal which was later acquired by eBay but before its sale, Musk was the company’s largest shareholder.

After that, Musk went into several other businesses: Space X, Tesla Motors, Solar city, Hyperloop and in December 2015, he announced the creation of Open AI.

  1. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder of social networking website Facebook.Zuckerberg began using computers and writing software while he was in middle school. His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s, and later hired a software developer to tutor him privately. While in high school, he enjoyed developing computer programs, especially communication tools and games. There was a time zuckerbergbuilt a software program he called “ZuckNet” that allowed all the computers between the house and dental office (his father’s dental practice was operated from their home) to communicate with each other. Zukerberg started facebookfrom his Harvard dormitory room, but the inspiration for Facebook come from the prep school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002. It published its own student directory, “The Photo Address Book”, which students referred to as “The Facebook” just like we have in Secondary schools in Nigeria “Slumbook” Zuckerberg decided to spread it to other schools, with the help of his then roommate and now Co- Founder Dustin Moskovitz.

In 2007, a significant event happened to Facebook. Microsoft acquired 1.6% equity stake in Facebook,at the beginning of January 2013, Facebook Inc. started testing the service of paid private messagingIn April 2012, acquired mobile photo sharing app Instagram.In March 2014, Facebook closed the acquisition of Oculus Rift,In October 2014, Mark Zuckerberg completed the purchase of WhatsApp.

I hope we all enjoyed this, stay tuned to for more…

Stanley Awelewa


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