Elon Musk is a man who defies characterization. He’s done more in the last ten years than most (all?) of us will do in our entire lives. This is a man who has taken it upon himself to change history, much like some of the greatest inventors and entrepreneurs of the past.
The South African-born entrepreneur is the founder of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla, and the initial investor and board member of SolarCity. (Musk thought up the idea for the solar energy company and gave it to his cousins. Nice guy.) This trio of companies are all attempting – and succeeding – to bring the future into the present. Oh, and they were all founded after Musk helped create PayPal.
In between all of that, this busy genius has somehow carved out enough time to stay active on Twitter, where he keeps a steady stream of updates flowing out to hungry followers.
And so in honor of Elon Musk’s ambition and unique capacity to change the world, we are going to take a look at a timeline of the man’s most historical moments, brought to you exclusively by his very own tweets…
Please ignore prior tweets, as that was someone pretending to be me :) This is actually me.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2010
June 2010: Musk’s first tweet. Historic.
Falcon flew perfectly!! Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!! Feels like a giant weight just came off my back :)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2012
May 2012: SpaceX successfully completes an historic mission. Their spacecraft, Dragon, becomes the first commercial vehicle to visit the International Space Station. Only 4 entities have done that before, and they are all national governments. After a series of failed launches this marks the beginning of a prosperous period for SpaceX, as this launch convinces NASA to hand the company $4 billion worth of contracts.
I love the sight of Teslas in the morning. Production line review is looking good! pic.twitter.com/damib6tk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 22, 2012
August 2012: Meanwhile, Tesla ramps up production of the all-electric Model S. This is phase 2 of Tesla’s plan to conquer the electric car market. The first phase was the Tesla Roadster, an expensive toy for the wealthy that would allow the car company to bring in revenue to continue research and development in their field. Phase 2 then brought in even more capital, culminating in phase 3: the mass market electric car.
Am excited to announce that SolarCity has filed for an IPO. Mission is to bring affordable solar power to the people!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2012
December 2012: SolarCity goes public, 2 years after the IPO of Tesla. Musk helped found the company along with his cousins Peter and Lyndon Ryve. Today the company is America’s largest solar power provider.
Pulled all nighter working on Hyperloop (as did others). Hopefully not too many mistakes. Will publish link at 1:30 PDT.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 12, 2013
August 2013: After much teasing, Elon Musk releases his sketch and concept of the Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system that could take someone from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Remember those old pneumatic tubes that people used to send mail through? That’s sort of what the Hyperloop is like; except instead of mail, think real live human beings being propelled through tubes in a subway car. Musk succeeds in creating a ton of buzz and even sets up a prize for the group that can complete his vision. Could a Hyperloop be coming sooner rather than later?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2013
December 2013: Another feather in SpaceX’s metaphorical cap. They become the first private company to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit. In 2015 they would break their own record by becoming the first private company to send a satellite beyond Earth orbit. Ooh la la!
Official Gigafactory address to be: Electric Avenue, McCarran, Nevada
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2014
September 2014: Elon Musk announces the coming of the Gigafactory. What it is: a giant battery factory. What it will do: allow Tesla to produce ‘sooper’ cheap batteries. If all goes well it will be giga-cheap you guys. The Gigafactory is the key to Tesla global domination, allowing the electric-car maker to simultaneously reduce the price of their automobiles while also increasing the amount of cars they can build. Win-win ya’ll!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 24, 2015
February 2015: Tesla crushes the competition. Again. Not only is the Tesla Model S the second best-selling plug-in car in the world (watch your back Nissan Leaf!), it is one of just a handful of cars to have attained a 5-star safety rating from two of the most recognized ratings agencies. The Consumer Reports’ Ratings Magazine gave the Tesla Model S P85D a score of 103 points. Their ratings system doesn’t go past 100. Chew on that for a bit would ya?
Last night’s Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack unveiling https://t.co/ksD8m6nCJO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 2, 2015
May 2015: Musk shows off the Tesla Powerwall, a home battery that could charge using electricity generated from solar panels (read: have you bought your panels from SolarCity yet?). It stores the energy it takes in during the day and lets you use it at night, meaning you won’t have to worry about not having any juice. With the Powerwall, Musk shows the world how easy it is to go off the grid and run on sustainable energy.
Great video history of Falcon 9 by Kinematic https://t.co/EeGPVW7kq2
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2016
April 2016: Yikes, we’re one step closer to the perfect re-usable rocket! The pressure is on after a couple of failed launches and Jeff Bezos’ snarky comments following his space company’s (Blue Origin) successful rocket landing, but not only does SpaceX manage to bring back a rocket after launching it but they do so in spectacular fashion, landing it on a barge in the middle of the freakin’ ocean!
Thought it would slow way down today, but Model 3 order count is now at 198k. Recommend ordering soon, as the wait time is growing rapidly.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2016
April 2016: Musk unveils Tesla’s first mass-market electric car, the sleek and sexy Model 3. After much anticipation the orders come flying in. There are over 300,000 pre-orders already which amounts to more than $11 billion worth of electric automobile.
Private space companies, the ability to run your home off solar energy, and electric cars all in the span of a decade. The future is here and we have Musk to thank. How often is it that we see a person dominate in one field of their choosing, let alone three? Take a second to tweet @elonmusk to thank him for all the incredible work.