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Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century 89

pacopico writes "Elon Musk has just come off a pretty amazing run. SpaceX docked with the ISS. Tesla has started selling its all-electric luxury sedan, and SolarCity just filed to go public. Bloomberg Businessweek spent a few days with Musk and got a look inside his insane factories in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. It's like Willy Wonka time for geeks. Among the other proclamations in the story is Musk saying that he intends to die on Mars. 'Just not on impact.' Musk then goes on to describe a fifth mode of transportation he's calling the Hyperloop."
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Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century

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  • Re:Cool but... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Kenja ( 541830 ) on Friday September 14, 2012 @01:55PM (#41337343)
    Paypal made a lot of money, which he has spent in interesting ways.
  • Re:Cool but... (Score:4, Informative)

    by jeffmeden ( 135043 ) on Friday September 14, 2012 @02:50PM (#41338201) Homepage Journal

    Has it always been? I quite liked it when it first started up. It was a decent way to pay for things online, knowing fairly well you wouldn't get completely screwed either way. The issue with them is really their more recent actions.

    Paypal is a company that wants to act like a bank (handling deposits, exchanges, etc) but doesn't want to be regulated like a bank (in all the bad ways). This has been controversial from pretty much the start, but yes things have been escalating since Ebay bought the company from Musk and Thiel. One particularly contentious issue has always been their somewhat capricious handling of fraud (or what they constitute as fraud) and their refusal to allow appeals or arbitration, effectively setting their own rules on when they can decide to perpetually keep money that has been deposited to them.

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