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How Elon Saved SpaceX & Tesla ... At The Same Time

Use this link to get a free copy of Elon Musk's awesome biography from Audible, alongside a free trial: https://adbl.co/2CJKbIc (or SMS "businesscasual" to 500500) Support me on Patreon to get early access to my future videos: http://bit.ly/2gMoPNv Join me at BC's subreddit and on social media: Reddit: http://bit.ly/2g4zO6t Facebook: http://bit.ly/2gMta3t Twitter: https://twitter.com/BusinessCasual0 44th video of the Behind the Business Series. Today Tesla and SpaceX are household names, but just ten years ago they were practically unknown. In fact, in late 2008 both companies were on the verge of bankruptcy and Elon Musk was running out of money to support them. After creating SpaceX in 2002 and joining Tesla in 2004, Musk led the development of both companies simultaneously. But, SpaceX's early rockets couldn't get to orbit, while the Tesla Roadster's production was getting pushed back. Things got even harder for Elon, until the make-or-break moment for both companies came in 2008. SpaceX became the first private company to launch a rocket into orbit and even received a $1.6 billion contract from NASA. Meanwhile Tesla received a funding round from Musk and Daimler. In the end, both companies were saved and today Elon has brought them to multi-billion dollar valuations. But they both came very close to bankruptcy in December 2008. Under the kind patronage of Nagabhushanam Peddi, Dan Supernault, Samuel Patterson, James Gallagher, Brett Gmoser & Roman Badalyan. Soundtrack: Touch by Mattia Cupelli
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