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To Infinity and Beyond: Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Added as Second-Night Speaker at D11


Earlier this week, we posted on the addition of Apple CEO Tim Cook as our opening night speaker at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference.

Now we are thrilled to announce that Elon Musk will take to the stage on our second night. For those who have not been paying a lot of attention, Musk is the founder of both electric-car maker Tesla Motors and SpaceX, a private space-exploration pioneer.

The South African-born entrepreneur is someone well known for shooting for the moon in his huge ambitions, and he also doesn’t mind getting into it to defend his efforts (his epic PR brawl with the New York Times over the cold-weather performance of the new Tesla Model S electric car was riveting).

At SpaceX, in addition to being CEO, he is listed as the chief designer, “overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets.” At Tesla, he is CEO and chief product architect. Musk is also the largest investor and chairman of SolarCity, a major provider of solar power systems.

Previously, Musk was one of the co-founders of PayPal, which was sold to eBay in 2002; he also co-founded Internet media software provider Zip2.

In other words, the visionary Musk has been a very busy man, so there’s a lot to talk about regarding innovation, pushing forward change, and a whole lot more.

Along with Cook, Musk will join a long list of stellar speakers slated to appear onstage at D11 from May 28 to May 30, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Motorola Mobility’s Dennis Woodside, Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann, Jeff Immelt of GE, new Android chief Sundar Pichai, Sony’s Kaz Hirai, ABC’s Anne Sweeney, and more.

And we still have a few more speakers to announce, so stay tuned.

(D11 takes place May 28 to May 30 in Palo Verdes, Calif., and is sold out, although we will provide coverage and videos here throughout the conference.)

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