Elon Musk – Co-Founder of PayPal

This post gives the life history and achievements of Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal.

Beginning life of Elon Musk

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in the year 1971. His father Errol was a mechanical and electrical engineer and his mother Maye was a nutritionist cum Model. He bought a computer at age 10 and taught himself to write programs. When he was 12, he contributed his program for a game named “Blaster” and made his first software sale with it. Then, his parents got divorced and he moved around to different schools. Elon never had a chance to make true friends and so he started to dream about moving to America.

Elon Musk’s college days

At the age of 17, Elon musk went to Canada to attend Queen’s collage. He earned some bucks by cleaning out sawmill and boilers in his cousin’s farm.  In 1992, he moved to University of Pennsylvania to study business and Physics. After completing his under graduation he headed to study PhD in energy physics in Stanford University, California. But he decided to quit his studies and formed a company named “Zip2”.

His achievements as an entrepreneur  

1. Zip2: Together with his brother, Elon Musk founded online content publishing software company “Zip2” in the year 1995. As it was a big boon of Internet that time, New York Times and Chicago Tribune became the client of Zip2 to publish news across media circles. In 1999, he sold this company to Compaq computer corporation for 307$ million. After Elon became a millionaire, he started his next company at his age of 28.
2. PayPal: Elon Musk started the next web -based project X.com for financial services and email payments. Then in the year 2000, a company named Confinity was bought by X.com to offer the Internet money transfer process called PayPal.  As PayPal is the viable online payment option, it was a grand success for online transactions and it made Elon a Billionaire. Yes, In October 2002 Ebay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion.

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3. Space X: Elon Musk’s next venture was little high i.e in the area of space. He became the chief designer of SpaceX and in the year 2002, his ultimate goal was to extend the life of human to other planets. He designed two launch vehicles Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 to lift the heavy object into revolution and also created “Mars Oasis” to grow plants on Mars.  NASA awarded Space X to develop vehicles for taking cargo to and from the international space station. In the year 2010, SpaceX made some achievements in recovering a spacecraft from Earth orbit.
4. Tesla motor: Elon Musk is the co-founder of tesla motors and has been its CEO since October 2008. This is an electric sports car company and now aiming to build the self-driving car within 3 years. This company already makes the high performance two seated electric car on the market.
5. Elon Musk’s impact in other companies

  • He is the trustee of X prize Foundation, a company which promotes renewable energy technologies.
  • He assisted as a Non-executive director in Surrey Satellite technology.
  • He co-founded a company related to photovoltaic products and services called SloarCity.
  • He is the chairman of Musk foundation and it is has been created to focus on aerospace, science, energy and pediatric health.
  • He is the member of Stanford University Engineering Advisory council.

6. Hyperloop
Last month (Aug, 2013), Elon Musk announced his Hyperloop transportation system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This would send the passengers at the speed of 700mph through steel tubes in 30 minutes.

Marriage life of Elon Musk

Elon Musk married Justine  Musk in the year 2000. Then he divorced her in 2008 got married with a British actress, Talulah Riley. He has five sons and his second wife too left him in 2012. Even though Elon Musk has attained considerable success as an entrepreneur,  his personal life seems fruitless.

Elon Musk is the great inspiring person and his amazing technical endeavours like SpaceX, PayPal, tesla motors etc. are remarkable in the Internet and Science filed. What do you think about his great achievements? Share your thoughts with me.

Complete Life History of Dennis Ritchie

This post gives the details of the complete life history of Dennis Ritchie, inventor of the programming language “C”.Early life of Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie was born on Sep 9th, 1941 in Bronx-ville, New York. His father is Alistair Ritchie, an engineer at Bell laboratories and his mother Jean McGee Ritchie was a homemaker. Ritchie grew up in New Jersey and there he attended Summit high school. Alistair Ritchie cofounded a book “The design of switching circuits” and Dennis started to follow the footsteps of his father from his childhood days. Then he went to attend bachelor degree of Physics in Harvard University and he began to work Bell labs computing sciences research Centre. His doctoral thesis was entitled as “Program Structure and Computational Complexity” and he received his PhD degree in the year 1968.


His operating system works Instigated

After his graduation, he contributed a project in Bell Labs and helped for the BCPL language on the GE 645 and GE 635 Mulitics machine with a complier. He also wrote a complier program for ALTRAN and system for symbolic calculation. Ritchie and another programmer supported Ken Thompson to solve the complexity in Multics. Then they rethink and build a simpler system named  Unix operating system. A symposium on Operating systems Principles was hosted by IBM and there Ritchie introduced Unix to the public. As Unix is a modest one, it could be used on any machine and the users can handle variety of file operations with it. It all had happened in the year 1973 and Unix  was an immediate success.

Birth of C programming language by Ritchie

After the well establishment of Unix in the Bell Labs, Ritchie and Steve Johnson worked on the Unix operating system and laid a basis for the widespread growth of it. Then the Bell labs research groups released the seventh edition version which was the foundation of commercial Unix system. Later, Ritchie added some types of data and new syntax to Thompson’s B language and this gave birth to a new programming language “C”. As it is a concise language, most of the computer maker switched to it.

Even though C programming language uses few syntax and instructions, it is an organized one which is easy to use in different computers. C was standardized by ANSI & ISO and many companies began using C to develop their own software by writing programs with it. After that, Ritchie worked with Thompson to rewrite the Unix operating system with the help of C, performed some testing and finally attained a great success with it. He became the leader of Computing Techniques Research Department at Lucent Technologies in the year 1990.

Awards acquired by Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie received various awards for his great contributions in the field of computers. Some of the awards are:-

  1. In the year 1974, he got ACM award for the exceptional paper in systems and languages.

  2. He received the IEEE Emmanuel Piore award in 1982.

  3. He acknowledged for Computer Machinery Turing and ACM software systems Award in the year 1983.

  4. In 1988, United Stated National Academy of Engineering elected him as a member.

  5. C&C Foundation Award of NEC was given to him in the year 1989.

  6. He was the inheritor of United States National Medal of Technology in the year 1999.

  7. He and Ken Thompson were co-awarded the Japan Prize for the development of Unix operating system in the year 2011.

End of Dennis Ritchie

In the year 2007, Ritchie retired from Lucent Technologies System. He had suffered from heart disease & prostate cancer and died on October 12th, 2011 at his home.

Even though Dennis Ritchie was a physicist and a mathematician, he became a computer programmer.  His involvement with excellent programs resulted in massive growth and development in the field of computer and programming languages.

Hope you got inspired by the complete life history of Dennis Ritchie. What do you think about him? Share your insights here.

Jade Raymond – The Sexiest Lady Programmer

Jade Raymond is the perfect example for the young female aspirants who want to make big in the technology industry. Born and brought up in Montreal her life has been tailor made to lead her where she is now. Jade Raymond is the successful Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto. In her early life she spent schooling in Montreal and graduated from St. George’s School in 1992 and then from the Marianoplois College in 1994. She was always the bright one, high on merit and top of her class. As a small kid, she was always fascinated by computers and especially gaming. At a very young age, she started thinking what she could possibly do to change gaming. Her work for online gaming development so is stunning.

It’s not just the brains that reflect on what she is, it is the whole personality. She has been adjudged one of the most beautiful women in business by various magazines and blogs over the years. Jade Raymond received her degree in Bachelor of Computer Science from McGill University in 1998 which is also situated in Montreal. Her first job led her to the doors of Sony as a programmer. She then went on to create and be the part of Sony Online’s first ever Research and Development group. All this in her life led to her leading the charge as a producer for one of the most successful online games- The Sims Online, this was along with Electronic Arts. The Sims Online received the award for the best online multiplayer game at E3 2002 Game Critics’ Awards.

The Sexy Jade Raymond worked as a programmer for television game show “Jeopardy!” the show has crossed the globe and different countries have made it their own and produced it. In America, CBS still continues the distribution. Working for Sony she also laid her hands on Trivial Pursuit which is a board game. Her biggest success story was yet to come and it was going to make her and Ubisoft really big in the gaming industry- Assassin’s Creed.

In crafting Assassin’s Creed Jade Raymond had a huge role. She served as the producer for the game. We doubt before release Ubisoft was aware as to what they were going to make of this role playing game. Assassin’s Creed story and development were pushed under Jade’s supervision as a producer. The area of gamers who were never into the role playing games had a huge reason to come and play the Assassin’s Creed- it was more than just an RPG. All the games, all series included have sold over 55 million copies! This is an unbelievable number for a game to achieve. 5 series of books have been written capturing the brilliant story we were all made a part of thanks to Jade. Jade Raymond was also the producer of Assassin’s Creed II. Currently, she has been working on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist as a producer.

Apart from her work in the gaming industry, she also takes interest in helping people. Jade Raymond currently volunteers for a non-profit organization called LOVE which is made to eradicate violence among the youth of Canada. She is married and has a daughter and a son and continues to be successful in her field.

How to Make Friends Online?

Friendship is one kind of relationship that stays with you in all your hard and happy times. Most of the people find friendship as the best relationship because it has been observed that friends are much closer than the family members. I also have strong belief in friendship as you can share even those things with your friends that you are hesitant to share with your parents or siblings.

In early days, we used to befriend with only those whom we interact face to face, but in the age of Technology and Internet, we started to make friends online as well. Online friends are those whom we meet online in a complete virtual world. Sometimes online friends become our best friends. Many a time we get a chance to meet with our online friends in person as well which is a great feeling.

I know a few of my friends who even found their life partner online. It makes me happy that how two persons from two different regions meet virtually, and become friends, then fall in love with each other. And, finally they get married. Truly amazing!

I am a blogger, and I love to make friends online because I want to share ideas, get suggestions, and learn different things from them. As I spend most of my time online, I need friends whom I can chit-chat with as we do with offline friends. This way, I do get a chance to enjoy talking about some normal stuff and some learning stuff as well.

I have been blogging for more than a year now, and I have made so many great friends from all the corners of the World. Making great friends online has never been an easy task for me because the online world was completely new to me, and I have heard bad things about being ditched, scammed, and betrayed online as well. It is tough to choose people to make friends online, as you don’t know the person whom you are talking whether he/she is right or wrong. You need to be very careful while making friends in the virtual world.

I am going to share a few tips that may help you make friends online. Below are the tips:

  1. Use Social Media Sites

Social Media Sites are the best places to make good friends. Sites like Facebook, Google+, and Linkedin are top on my list when it comes to making good friends. I remember I made my first online friend on Facebook when I just started using it. But, a few things are there which must be taken care of while making friends on social sites, and that are given below:

(i). Be Polite to everyone: When you are communicating with many people on social sites, make sure you talk very politely because when you are good to everyone, then people love to be your friends. 

(ii). Be Patient: Most of the people online are hesitant to open up to new people. So, don’t think that they are egoistic or arrogant when people don’t respond in the way you want rather give some time to flourish the relationship, and you will notice that the people you want to be your friend, gradually come closer to you. They start sharing their personal and professional matters with you. Therefore, always be patient to build up a good friendship.

(iii). Respect others: Many people only think about themselves, and when they become friends with other people, they expect their friends to be available to talk whenever they want which is selfishness. You must respect your friends and try to understand their priorities, decisions, and other work engagements. 

(iv). Don’t flirt: If you are a boy and want to make friends with a girl then don’t start flirting or talking double meaning things because you can lose a good person who could be a good friend. Thus, always talk things that make her happy, and give excellent suggestions when she requires. That can flourish your friendship in a healthy manner. 

(V). Find like-minded people: It is good to find like-minded people to become friends with because you will have many things to discuss, and your friendship may grow well with the time. For example, I am a blogger so I am more interested making friends with bloggers because I can learn many things from them, can teach a few things to them, can discuss on new ideas, etc.

(Vi). Stay away from bad people: After a few talks you can have an idea about an individual whether he is good or not. If you find anything that is not good, better stay away. Make friends with good people only.

  1. Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is another great way to make good friends. Yes, it is indeed a nice way to build healthy relationships. When you do a guest post on someone else’s blog, you have some good talk with the host blogger, and that’s where your friendship may start, and it can flourish well if you ask that blogger to post a guest article on your blog as well. This is how the friendship between you and that particular blogger gets started. Now, it is up to both of you as how you can take things forward. You may have a look at this post to know more about Guest blogging. 

It is not very easy to build healthy friendship relations by guest blogging, but if you work hard and deliver great quality, you can have great friends.

  1. Blog Commenting

Blog Commenting is comparatively an easier way to make good friends and flourish the relationship. All you have to do is to comment regularly on good blogs, and you will be noticed by the blog owner and other readers of that blog. Gradually you will see that they are becoming your friends as well. I am a good example of that; I have gotten most of my friends by blog commenting only. I started commenting on some blogs. Then they started coming to my blog, and this process kept going on. This way, I got to know them, and they got to know me. Friendship got started naturally. Look at a post of mine to know the benefits of blog commenting.

  1. Outreach

Outreach is something different from guest blogging and blog commenting as in this you have to write emails to other bloggers to introduce yourself and appreciate their notable work.

Yes, suppose I liked the articles of a particular blogger. Then what I can do is, I write an email to him appreciating his work as well as giving my introduction. There might be a possibility that he also visits my blog, and gradually some talk may happen. We may become good friends. However, Outreach is successful if you are popular or have experience because I have noticed that experienced blogger and marketers often ignore emails from newbies.

  1. Sharing others’ blog posts

This is another good way to make friends, and you can do this just after posting a comment. When you read and comment on a blog post, then you must share that post on your social media profiles as well. Make sure that you tag that blogger while sharing so that he/she gets notified that you have shared his/her blog post. He/she will likely to start sharing yours as well. There can be a healthy relationship formed gradually.


Look at the above screenshot in which I have liked and shared a post of Chery, and tagged her in the post, so that she got the notification. And, then she came by the post to like and comment. 

If you keep on doing such sharing, more bloggers come to know you, and gradually they will be your friends. They will also start sharing your blog posts.

  1. Help Everyone

If you help someone when he is in need, he remembers you always. One of my friends knows a lot about blogging, and in his blogging journey, he has helped so many budding bloggers and others. Due to this, he has so many awesome friends who respect him a lot.

Therefore, learn to help the one who is in need and get loyal friends. This is the simplest thing to do to make friends because helping is a noble cause also.

Final Words

Friendship is indeed the best relationship of the world, and I want to make friends with like-minded people. I am working on that already. The ways mentioned above helped me make many friends online out of which many are bloggers, and many are non-bloggers too.

How you are making friends online? Share your ideas and views.