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Elon Musk on Silicon Valley

To the untrained eye—or any other eye, for that matter—Elon Musk’s ambitious raft of projects might seem mismatched. He’s the CEO both of electric-car maker Tesla Motors and rocket start-up Space X, as well as chairman and controlling shareholder of solar-panel installer SolarCity. But Musk has made a name for himself as someone who brings Silicon Valley style to old-line industries, whether it’s putting people in space or moving them around the Earth’s surface. In 2006, he explained his confidence to Inc.: “I’m a Silicon Valley guy,” he said. “I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.”