Elon Musk has become one of the world’s best-known innovators. It is known as the engine of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
But in the mid-90s, Musk was thinking about how we use the web. By the way, his four early patents centered around ideas that have become integral to how we search and communicate online.
While Larry Page and Sergey Brin introduced us to Google Search, back in 1998, Elon Musk had the idea of creating a search engine long before its eventual creation. Even before Yahoo, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote a thesis in 1993 on a Google-like search engine for his degree at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
An old video has made the rounds on social media, where Elon Musk answers a few questions about his jumps from one company to another. Asked about his long old thesis on Google, Musk replies, “We could have built something like Google twenty years ago.”
He goes on to say that he worked on three unrelated things, namely ultra-capacitors, solar panels and the “Google thing”.
As things stand, Musk-owned Tesla is doing phenomenal things with electric vehicles right now. While on the other hand, SolarCity, a subsidiary of Tesla, is rapidly gaining among solar panel manufacturers.
You could say that if Elon Musk had built a search engine for web pages rather than satellites, it could have been very different.
However, no one really knows what big idea Elon Musk might have in mind. But now that people are talking about it, maybe Elon Musk is resurfacing his rusty project of a Google-like search engine.