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Silicon Valley ‘visionaries’ Musk, Breyer, Khan honored

A who’s who of Silicon Valley gathered at a Los Altos Hills mansion Tuesday night to honor four of the “Visionaries” among them.
The annual SVForum event honored tech luminaries Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX; Salman Khan, who started the educational nonprofit Khan Academy; Jim Breyer, a venture capitalist at Accel Partners who was an early investor in Facebook; and journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect.”
Guests mingled in the spectacular courtyard and ballroom of Stonebrook Court, a Tudor-style estate built in 1914 and owned by venture capitalist Kelly Porter of Woodside Capital Partners.
The event was meant to recognize people “based on their monumental achievements and ongoing dedication to improving our lives through superior technology,” according to SVForum. Each of the honorees gave a short speech to the crowd of venture capitalists, representatives of technology companies, media, and others.
Musk is a busy guy these days, as he just launched a rocket with SpaceX (the first private spacecraft to make a supply trip to the International Space Station) and is set to deliver Tesla’s first Model S sedans to customers on Friday. He didn’t stick around long at the event, speaking only briefly, thanking the staff at Tesla and SpaceX and calling it “kind of an intense week, actually.”
Breyer, who in addition to being an investor serves on the boards of companies including Facebook, Dell, Walmart and News Corp. , lauded Silicon Valley’s startup culture.
“Nowhere else in the world is there that magic of entrepreneurship, where if you try and fail, you’re still a hero, and we (as venture capitalists) will back you again,” Breyer said.
Khan has disrupted the education industry with his “Academy,” a Web curriculum that started as a series of popular YouTube videos he made to tutor his young cousins. The Mountain View-based nonprofit has grown to more than 30 people, and Khan said its success feels like living in a “science fiction novel, especially when I’m on stage with people launching rockets,” referring to Musk
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