I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.
If you look at space companies, they've failed either because they've had a technical solution where success was not a possible outcome, they were unable to attract a critical mass of talent, or they just ran out of money. The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think.
I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration. Elon Mus
I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.
You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that's wrong with it and fix it.
In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution.
I'm interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you're like, 'Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'
The way it's looking right now, our engine might be one percent below our specifications, but still be the best engine ever done. We prefer not to...but it looks like we may be one percent low.
If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me. Elon
The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It'll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn't been reusable.
I do think there is a lot of potential if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think that is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple's product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay t
What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.
If we're going to have any chance of sending stuff to other star systems, we need to be laser-focused on becoming a multi-planet civilisation.
We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes,
I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I'm really good at email.
The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it's going to become multiplanetary, or it's going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there's going to be an extinction event.
I've been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I'm getting really tired of Disneyland.
The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions and that means low cost and high volume. We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works and customers want to buy electric vehicles.
Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid.
There's a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilisation, that's out there exploring the stars â€¦ compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration. Elon
If you go back back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic - being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years
I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens. Elon
Today it costs over a billion dollars for a space shuttle flight. The cost ¦ is fundamentally what's holding us back from becoming a space traveling civilization and ultimately a multi-planet species.
Great companies are built on great products. Elon
Our approach has been to take no chances whatsoever.