In a 10-day stretch, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have made something abundantly clear: They’re competing in a world of their own.
Bezos, the Amazon CEO, and Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, have distinguished themselves as the must-watch innovators pushing hardest — and most effectively — to bring the future to us today.
They made billions in the Internet age, like many in the tech world. But Musk and Bezos’ innovations aren’t limited to the screens we stare at all day. They’re catching the next tech wave, as the Internet overruns the physical world, whether it’s cars, rockets or supermarkets.
Here’s a look at the impressive run they’re on:
Tuesday March 28
Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), not content with dominating e-commerce, announces two grocery stores in Seattle, where Amazon Prime members can pick up their groceries at a drive-through. It’s a reminder of the company’s interest in reinventing the grocery store experience, a huge potential market that could push Amazon toward being the first $1 trillion company. Amazon’s stock closes at an all-time high.
Meanwhile, Musk promises details shortly on a new side project, Neuralink, that will merge human brains with computers, essentially making humans into cyborgs.
Wednesday March 29
Amazon stock closes at another record high, and Bezos passes investor Warren Buffett to become the second richest person on the planet.
Thursday March 30
Musk’s SpaceX makes history — successfully launching a used rocket into space. The feat is a critical milestone toward reducing space travel costs and making it feasible for humans to live and work outside of Earth. Never satisfied, he immediately proposes a new goal — re-flying a used rocket within 24 hours of its landing.