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Tech Entrepreneur Elon Musk: Real Life Tony Stark

Tony Stark Iron Man 3

At the beginning of the year 2016 many witnessed history in the making. SpaceX, the American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company reached a pinnacle milestone. Founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, the company had successfully launched and landed a multi-stage rocket to space and back (with a heavy emphasis on landed). Furthermore, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, an American privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company, had launched and landed a rocket. It seems that the “Rocket Race” has begun. This is a remarkable and notable step, considering this paves the way for reusable rockets, it also shows that America’s entrepreneurs are involved in pushing forward a relatively slow-moving industry such as rocket building that can better even space exploration eventually.

In the present day, space technology has no remorse when it comes to rockets; Once successfully delivered, they disintegrate and fade into collateral waste and hopefully crash somewhere that won’t rain fiery ruins on civilians. Each rocket launch could cost between $200 to $400 million (the gas could cost as same as the rocket itself), while SpaceX can cut the cost by 70% to a mere $60 million to send a rocket up to space. The grand mission at SpaceX is to reduce, reuse and recycle while taking humanity to the next step of space travel, while the main goal is to colonize Mars in the next few years (creating the Total Recall experience).

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, entrepreneurs, businesses and philanthropists and corporations are urging hardly to introduce new services and products in order to reach market awareness as fast as possible and make more money in the process. One could claim that there is a deficiency of bright minds that shoulder a never ending drive to achieve life’s most preposterous aspirations. Don’t get me wrong, there are still many brilliant minds to look up to — from Stephen Hawking to Paul Allen – however, in this blog, we will discuss about two inventors. Elon Musk, and a fictional version of him.

The Philanthropist

At first I was sure that I was the only one who always made this comparison, it seems that others thought the same. From 9Gag, Reddit and Twitter to Forbes and tech websites, there are numerous connections being regarding between Elon Musk and Tony Stark as they are both rich and smart tech entrepreneurs. Originally, Stan Lee based Tony Stark on the erratic billionaire Howard Hughes and introduced Iron Man in the 39th issue of Tales Of Suspense in 1963. In the modern Iron Man movies, Marvel wanted Tony Stark to be inspired by a more recent and updated figure in order to make a better connection with the audience. Hanse, the studio made it clear that the movie version of Tony Stark was in fact, inspired by Elon Musk.

Exteriorly, the comparisons are pretty obvious, they are both are the same age, same “lifestyle” although Stark’s endeavors are vigorously exaggerated. As a side note, we all know that they both drive unique, super expensive fast cars, but Musk was the one to total his McLaren F1 sports car and not Stark one would expect. We already covered that are both geniuses at physics and they both brought new developments in the field of electricity. Having supremacy as an electrical engineering, Stark developed the Iron Man suits, while Musk’s background in economics helped him come up with the brilliant idea of creating PayPal. Additionally, Musk even
had a small cameo in the Iron Man 2 movie.

Comparably, they both have the adrenaline itch. If you saw the Iron Man movies you probably noticed how Stark and his A.I., J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), have an endless banter when it comes to risk vs. safety. In his biography, Musk hosted a party a castle and had himself tied up to a board surrounded by balloons while a professional knife thrower taking shots. Furthermore, he continued to a 1-on-1 fight against a 350-lb sumo wrestler. This sounds very random, I know. On the other hand, business wise, one cannot move forward without taking a leap of faith.

As a tech entrepreneur, Tony Stark has Stark Industries, which started as a weapon development company that was set to a different course and started to build sustainable energy. On the contrary, Musk is more of a multitasker and had several companies that are rotating around energy. Followed by eBay acquiring PayPal from Musk, he immediately distributed his earnings amongst three of his big companies:

  • SpaceX – with a goal of making human life multi-planetary, was initially funded with $100 million at 2002. Musk and his uncommonly gifted workforce continue to make massive progressive with achievements such as the Falcon 9 booster. The SpaceX company claims that they will ultimately have the ability to make a $16 million dollar reusable spaceship in the near future.
  • Tesla Motors – a luxury electric car manufacturing company, was initially funded with $70 million at 2003. Since then, the company has expanded its reach into electric powertrain components and battery technology. The company’s main goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Tesla presses forward with the all-electric car, and have built more than 500 supercharger stations worldwide with over 3,000 individual superchargers.
  • Solarity –  which looks to allow solar energy to be a standardization amongst utility across the world, was initially funded with $10 million at 2006. Although green companies usually find that they are not on the green path in the end, Musk have high hopes – and he is also constantly working on it – to save humanity from its dependence on fossil fuel.

Tony Stark

As there are numerous similarities between Elon Musk and Tony Stark, there are also significant differences. However, there is a sturdy feature that makes them both stand out in the crowd. They both have goals that exceed any other competitors in their various fields of expertise. Stark believes that his nemesis, adversaries and other super-villains comprise world peace. Musk shares a similar view in certain way – his competitors are those individuals that lack the vision and capacity to dream, those who accept conformity, and those who fear change and transition. The true adversaries and other super-villains in his story are those who get in the way on his path to improving humanity’s chances for survival. On the safe side, Musk didn’t built Ultron yet. If that ever happens, we can always blame Google.

Elan Kol
Elan Kol
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  1. Silvia Bugnio says:

    Love this “Mashup” blog about how Elon Musk is basically Tony Stark!

  2. Taylor Raina says:

    Robert Downey Jr. is the love of my life, love this article! It is nice how you describe Elon Musk as Iron Man. Good Job!

  3. Alessio Solis says:


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