“The goal of Space-X is really to build the transport system. It’s like building the Union Pacific Railroad. And once that transport system is built, then there’s a tremendous opportunity for anyone who wants to go to Mars and create something new, or build the foundations of a new planet. So, who wants to be among the founding members of a new planet, and like I said, build everything from iron refineries to the first pizza joint? We’ll want them all. And then there’s things on Mars that people can’t even imagine today, that might be unique, or would be unique, to Mars.
That’s really where a tremendous amount of entrepreneurship and talent would flourish. Just as happened in California when the Union Pacific Railroad was completed. When they were building the Union Pacific, a lot of people said that was a super dumb idea because hardly anybody lives in California. But today, we’ve got the US epicenter of technology developments, and entertainment, and it’s the biggest state in the nation. But you need that transport link. If you can’t get there, none of those opportunities exist. So our goal is just to make sure you can get there.” – Elon Musk
And the goal of http://macroinvent.com is to create that very talent and opportunity for space settlement. I’m so happy to hear him say this. I was concerned (the term in business planning is threat analysis) that his announcement would include a fully designed space settlement, not just the rocket. But he’s leaving that to the rest of us. Thanks Space-X!!!