Elon Musk and Larry Page Have a Secret Palo Alto Hideout for Planning Crazy Schemes
When billionaires Elon Musk and Larry Page are not busy having slumber parties, they are meeting in Google’s secret apartment to plan their world domination.
The apartment is located in one of the taller buildings in downtown Palo Alto and has a private chef on call to make food for guests. There, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin occasionally meet with Musk to talk about technology and transportation, according to Ashlee Vance’s new book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.”
George Zachary, a venture capitalist and personal friend of Elon Musk, recounted one of the meetings at the Google apartment:
“I was there once, and Elon was talking about building an electric jet plane that can take off and land vertically. Larry said the plane should be able to land on ski slopes, and Sergey said it needed to be able to dock at a port in Manhattan. Then they started talking about building a commuter plane that was always circling the Earth, and you’d hop up to it and get places incredibly fast. I thought everyone was kidding, but at the end I asked Elon, ‘Are you really going to do that?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ ”
Naturally, some of these brainstorming sessions have turned into actual projects. Page told Vance:
“It’s kind of our recreation, I guess. It’s fun for the three of us to talk about kind of crazy things, and we find stuff that eventually turns out to be real. We go through hundreds or thousands of possible things before arriving at the ones that are most promising.”
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