Columbus was indeed an entrepreneur who was willing to put it all on the line for his dream of discovering a faster trade route for spices and silk. He also wanted fame, glory and riches. And of course the native people of Hispaniola paid a high price for his success. But, succeed he did and the world was changed forever with his success.
This got me thinking, who are the new adventurers? Who is out there putting it all on the line to change our world? Is Elon Musk of Tesla Motors a Columbus-like pioneer? What about WePower, who acquired PacWind, maker of vertical wind turbines and solar panels for commercial and residential use? Should we awe at the pursuit of rare Earth elements or oil and natural gas exploration?