VIDEO: Elon Musk, Shervin Pishevar & Enda Kenny

Every day we’re featuring one of your favourite talks from this year’s event as part of our new Summit Speaker Series. With over 300 speakers there’ll be an outstanding range of topics covered, with in-depth insight from the experts.

Today, we’re bringing you 2013’s closing panel with Elon Musk, Enda Kenny, Shervin Pishevar and Mark Little. You can watch all of our talks from the The Summit here. If you like what you see, you can apply for a 2-for-1 voucher or enter our competition to win 2 FREE tickets for 2014 & flights to Dublin.

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Elon Musk

“He is Wernher von Braun, Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and every other bad ass rolled into one.” –Mark Little

Elon MuskThis year at The Summit we welcomed Elon Musk, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Prior to SpaceX, Elon co-founded PayPal, the world’s leading Internet payment system, and served as the company’s Chairman and CEO. He also co-founded Zip2, a provider of Internet software to the media industry.

“There are 5 things that I thought would most affect the world, three of which would definitely be positive things to solve, two of which were slight question marks. As it turned out I was able to get involved in all three of those positive things: the internet, sustainable energy, and space.” – Elon Musk

“I think the thing that would be really great is to have a base on Mars, and to be making steady progress towards having it be a self-sustaining civilisation.” – Elon Musk


Shervin Pishevar

Joining Elon Musk on stage was Shervin Pishevar, co-Founder & co-CEO of Sherpa Foundry and Managing Director at Menlo from 2011 – 2013.

Shervin Pishevar“Ireland has changed my life. Two years ago I flew here in a rush to meet Uber’s Travis Kalanick at The Summit in Dublin, at The Shelbourne. If I hadn’t come here I wouldn’t have won that investment. That was a transformational event and a transformational company to be involved in.” – Shervin Pishevar

“Fear is finite, hope is infinite. What’s happened in Silicon Valley is that we are afraid of failure, but we don’t let that stop us from trying. The mentality has to be that failure is actually an option, and in other places failure is not an option. We look up to people who fail but keep going forward.” – Shervin Pishevar


Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny (Prime Minister of The Republic of Ireland) by Kevin

Also invited on stage was Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland). Enda Kenny was elected political leader of the Irish nation in 2011 and has worked to build an Irish community that will support the innovative business ventures of young Irish entrepreneurs ever since.

“Many of the young companies who are here in the RDS this week will explode in terms of their potential in the next 5 years. Their products, ideas, new ways of doing things, are going to impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people just as has happened here already.” – Enda Kenny


Mark Little

Mark LittleMark has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He was Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Washington Correspondent and news anchor for RTE, the Irish national broadcaster. His more recently founded company, Storyful, discovers, verifies and delivers the most valuable and authentic content on social media platforms and works with some of the world’s leading news brands.

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