Stephen Colbert should ask Tesla’s Elon Musk and Uber’s Travis Kalanick these questions

Beyond Tuesday’s premiere, the entire first week of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” is shaping up to be a doozy — particularly for fans of ambitious corporate leaders.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc. and SpaceX, and Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of car-hailing service Uber, will be among the first to sit on the host’s new couch.

Musk will be on the show’s second night, Wednesday, appearing on the same show as actress Scarlett Johansson. Kalanick’s appearance is slated for the following night, before a performance by country-music star Toby Keith.

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MarketWatch has taken the liberty of penciling out a few questions for Colbert to put to the two power CEOs.

For Elon Musk: Mars, hyperloop and (of course) self-driving Teslas

• If you had to choose between being CEO of Tesla
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 and Space X, which one would it be?

• Speaking of being a CEO, you said last year that no one can be a CEO forever, so when are you quitting Tesla?

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• When will cars drive themselves? And will Tesla launch an Uber-like service with those self-driving cars?

• Will we see the hyperloop — your conceptual ultra-high-speed connection between large cities — in our lifetimes?

• And, speaking of the conceptual realm, when will we be able to visit Mars on a SpaceX shuttle?

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For Travis Kalanick: Uber domination, regulation and an IPO

• First things first: When is Uber going public?

• Are you building self-driving cars? Isn’t everyone else?

• Let’s talk about your company’s culture. Is it like the Amazon of Uber, or the other way around?

• What’s Uber going to do about those pesky regulators in Europe and Asia — and the U.S., for that matter?

• Are we safer in an Uber car than in a traditional taxi?

• Do you see Uber becoming more like UberPool or remaining focused on individual riders?

And for both CEOs

• How much do you tip your Uber driver?

Colbert, who’s taking over a host chair at the CBS
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 late-night talk show vacated by the retired David Letterman after a nine-year run as host of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, interviewed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and actor George Clooney on Tuesday’s program. Comedian Amy Schumer is also among the spotlighted first-week guests.

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