60 Minutes profiles Elon Musk, reveals struggles and successes at Tesla and SpaceX (video)

Elon Musk on CBS 60 Minutes
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"If something's important enough, you should try it even if the probable outcome is failure," said Elon Musk in a recent 60 Minutes profile (video below). This is the kind of attitude that too few entrepreneurs have. They might be more likely to financially succeed building yet another smartphone app or jumping in some other 'hot' crowded field, but the real world-changing takes place when tackling really hard problems that are too scary for most people, like 'How do you get millions of people to install solar panels on their roofs?' 'How do you move transportation away from oil?'

60 Minutes recently profiled Musk, giving a good short overview of his journey so far (he's not done!). It's a good segment, check it out (if you notice an engine noise, keep on reading below for context):

"Only 4 entities have put a capsule in space and brought it back: The United States, Russia, China... and Elon Musk."

Cheaper Tesla to be unveiled in early 2015

The cheaper Tesla -- their third platform -- will apparently be unveiled for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015. It will then go on sale in 2016 or 2017.

Of course, to get there Tesla will need large volumes of inexpensive batteries from its planned Gigafactory.

Tesla Gigafactory slidesTesla/Screen capture

Funny trivia: A CBS sound editor apparently goofed and overdubbed a gasoline engine noise over the footage of the Model S driving around. This was corrected in the web version here, but the version that aired on TV had the embarrassing mistake which probably confused a lot of people who aren't familiar with electric cars. The Youtube embed above is the version that aired on TV and you can hear the engine noise around 1 minute in. Oops.


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