Jun 29, 2021 • 31M

Kimbal Musk on Building Great Companies and Community | Season 1 Ep 3

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Episode details

When Kimbal and Elon Musk immigrated to the U.S. from South Africa to start their first company, they couldn't afford both an apartment and an office—so, unbeknownst to their employees, they slept in the office.

The brothers have come a long way from their humble origins. Today, Kimbal is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor who serves on the boards of Tesla and SpaceX — and in this episode he provides exciting updates for each company. But along the way, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed his life forever. Kimbal explains how cooking for firefighters at Ground Zero awakened a passion for creating community through food. He now owns and operates restaurants around the country, while his Million Gardens Movement brings home-grown food to inner-city areas. Joe supports Kimbal's nonprofit and encourages others to do the same (link below).

Million Gardens Movement: https://give.biggreen.org/campaign/fundraiser-million-gardens-movement/c331055 

NOTE: This episode was recorded before many restaurants had fully reopened.