Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk

The Dreamer’s Dilemma: Prevent Your Dreams from Turning into Nightmares


Silicon Valley is full of dreamers. Crazy dreamers. Lazy dreamers. Brilliant dreamers.
Silicon Valley is also full of even bigger piles of money to hyperloop those dreams into tomorrow’s reality.

This past week, the Valley’s leading dreamers and their backers, and others from around the country who want to be just like them, trekked down to a small resort outside Los Angeles to dream big at D: All Things Digital.

The format is simple.

During the day, the ringmasters, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, pepper CEOs with questions as their targets do their best to stick to talking points and avoid sweating out.

At night, dinners and drinks move to poker and pizza upstairs, where billionaires, founders, journalists – and even a few bankers – talk about the future of the internet, technology and the world.
This year’s interviews featured Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Dick Costolo (Twitter), Ben Silbermann (Pinterest), Barry Diller (IAC), Jeff Zucker (CNN), Tim Cook (Apple), John Chambers (Cisco), Jeffrey Immelt (GE) and Kazuo Hirai (Sony).

But one session – Elon Musk – captured my imagination and still has it in solitary confinement two days later.


Walt and Kara’s discussion with the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX and cofounder of Paypal simultaneously inspired me to dream bigger and reach for my baby blanket.
I questioned the importance and relevance of the projects and companies I’ve spent my working life working on, and the goals I’ve tried to achieve.
I’m not going to even try to put the session into words. Watch it here and I imagine you may feel the same way as many in the room shared the same feeling.


Part of article by Michael Lazerow

As CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Elon Musk is methodically and intensely focused, but in conversation he’s surprisingly easygoing and willing to poke fun at himself. Somehow he’s actually pioneering space travel to Mars and also the first person to make the joke about how ridiculous that sounds.

Here’s the full video of the D11 interview of Musk by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, where he made some news about Tesla’s crosscountry Superchargers and forecast the feasibility of reusable rockets. He elaborated just a tiny bit on his future plans to build a “Hyperloop” that would be a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table” and replace a proposed high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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