Elon Musk's Obsession with the Letter "X" Before Twitter's Iconic Logo

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Billionaire extraordinaire, Elon Musk, has long been captivated by the enigmatic letter "X" in the world of branding. His affair with this letter started at the dawn of the new millennium when he launched the online banking platform X.com in 1999.

According to a report from Yahoo Finance on Saturday (July 29, 2023), Elon Musk's affinity for the letter "X" has been no secret. But it has become more apparent lately, especially after he infused his X-factor into one of the most prominent social media sites, Twitter.

So, let's take a journey through Elon Musk's timeline with the mesmerizing letter "X":

1999: X.com

In 1999, Elon Musk, along with three other visionary co-founders, launched X.com, an innovative online bank. This venture later merged with Confinity in 2000. That same year, Elon Musk assumed the role of CEO, but later passed the baton to Peter Thiel.

2001: Elon Musk loses X.com to become PayPal

In 2001, X.com transformed into PayPal. Interestingly, Elon Musk had a vision for PayPal to embrace the "X" both in its logo and name, intending to brand it as "X-PayPal." Unfortunately, his dream never materialized. Test results indicated that associating the "X" with PayPal could evoke unwanted connections to adult content, leading to a change in branding.

2002: SpaceX

Ever the space enthusiast, Elon Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, more popularly known as SpaceX, in 2002.

2015: Tesla Model X

Elon Musk's passion for electric vehicles bore fruit when Tesla introduced the Model X, a mid-sized electric SUV, in 2015.

2017: Elon Musk reacquires X.com

In 2017, Elon Musk repurchased the domain X.com from his previous PayPal days. This move marked the beginning of his vision to make it a potential replacement for Twitter.

Twitter Transforms into X Corp

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2020: A boy named "X"

Elon Musk once again seized the spotlight in 2020 when he named his newborn son X A-12 Musk. However, due to California naming conventions for birth certificates, the boy's name was later revised to X AE A-Xii, as numerals were not allowed. Nevertheless, the letter "X" remained the first letter of his unique name.

2023: Twitter joins X Corp

At the start of 2023, Elon Musk metamorphosed Twitter into X Corp, a company that supports his growing X app initiative, which he acquired Twitter for back in 2022, or even earlier. X Corp operates under X Holdings Corp, an entity solely owned by Elon Musk.

Elon Musk's fascination with AI also drove him to establish a new AI startup in early 2023. This is not Musk's first foray into artificial intelligence, as he is a co-founder of OpenAI. However, this new AI venture is appropriately named X.

Now, the burning question is whether Elon Musk's ambitious gamble on the letter "X" will bear fruit. Experts are pondering whether erasing the Twitter brand could be a potential boomerang. Moreover, concerns arise about how his grand plan for all his applications will come to fruition, given Twitter's recent hasty pivots, feature implementations, alterations, and withdrawals, causing uncertainty over X's ultimate ownership.

Amidst fluctuations in Tesla's stocks, Elon Musk still holds the esteemed position of the world's richest individual.

In conclusion, Elon Musk's captivating journey with the letter "X" continues to intrigue and awe the world. The allure of "X" has left its indelible mark on his ventures, and the world waits in anticipation for the unfolding of his X-factor dreams.

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