Sure, you can become a billionaire by dedicating your life to doing investment banking or advertisement in social networks, but will that lead to a very fulfilling life, and will it earn you the respect of your peers and loved ones? As Steve Jobs once said to Coke executive John Sculley: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water?” (or smelly water, one might say, in the case of investment banking.)
Suppose you want to advance science, because you appreciate its incredible beauty and extreme importance to the progress of mankind. Can you start a business, or work for one that does nice science? But a business must make a profit in order to survive. Are the two goals, making a profit and doing nice science, contradictory? No they’re not, the SpaceX news seemed to be telling us this week.
This week, SpaceX, a private company, used its Falcon 9 rocket to put its unmanned, reusable Dragon capsule into low earth orbit. On May 25, 2012, the Dragon successfully docked with the International Space Station, delivering to it a 1/2 ton payload. An historic event in space exploration. To go where no man has gone before. The dawn of commercial space flight. A fascinating sci-tech business that promises to be very profitable too. Reminds me of quantum computing.
Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur, an émigré from South Africa now living in California, is one of the founders of SpaceX. He also co-founded Tesla Motors and X.com, which later became Paypal. He is also a chairman of SolarCity. This is a person with a unique talent for founding and nurturing prosperous businesses that succeed in solving timely, pressing sci-tech problems. A guy that has a good nose for what is important in Sci-Tech and one who gets things done. I’m sure I speak for most science nerds when I say: Elon Musk, what you are doing is so cool! If his plate isn’t too full :), I hope he considers starting a quantum computer company too! Or maybe he can guide or inspire others to start a Quantum SpaceX company. Quantum Space, an untapped, wild frontier.
Check out this article:
Elon Musk: Is he the real-life Tony Stark?
(By Tiffany Hsu, Columbus Dispatch – May 29, 2012)
How about you? Will you become Quantum Computing Man or Woman? What are you doing to achieve that goal?