Steve Jobs and Elon Musk: Innovators of Our Time

While no one would argue that Steve Jobs was one of the most successful technological innovators of our time, many are starting to suggest that Elon Musk may soon be the next household name.

Some are going so far as to suggest that Elon Musk is better than the marketing mastermind who brought us Apple. Musk is not afraid of a challenge nor does he seem to fear failure. Despite the fact that his name may not be circulating through every household around the globe like Jobs, most of us know his products already. Musk co-founded PayPal in 1999 and forever changed the world of online transactions. He is also the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, an electric car company. To top it off, Musk is the brains behind the hypothetical transportations system, Hyperloop, that would reduce travel time between New York and California to a mere 30 minutes.

Musk has been touted far and wide including on a question and answer site Quora where his fandom reigns supreme. The most upvoted answers on Quora cry out that Musk is not the next Steve Jobs, he is superior. Dolly Singh, one of Musk's long-term co-workers and Head of Talent Acquisition at SpaceX describes Musk as, "an exceptional freak of nature. " She went on to say, "In my humble opinion, Mr. Jobs in all his greatness has nothing on Elon. Elon is Wernher von Braun, Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and every other badass all rolled into one." Musk not only has the concepts for fantastic projects, but teaches himself how to create his own ideas and make them reality.

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