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Elon Musk Q&A with The Deal

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  1. MaryKathleenFlynn

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    Thank you for this interview.

    I thought his take on why Tesla keeps going through CEOs was interesting:
     
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    #3 WarpedOne, Nov 6, 2008
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    Now, where is the lawsuit then?
     
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    Elon mentions battery swap and fast recharge again:
    AFAIK, we first heard about that here: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/news-articles-events/1348-fareed-zakaria-interviews-elon.html
     
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    I'm pretty sure all of those investors reviewed the financials...did Martin cook the books? I'm only kidding. Why wouldn't Elon take the opportunity to bury the hatchet instead of stick the knife in a little further...I do not understand people sometimes.
     
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    Insecurity, envy, fear.
    Why? He's only human.
     
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    Interesting Follow-Up Proposal

    Mary Kathleen, please consider interviewing Martin on his view on why Elon has gone through so many CEOs. It would be interesting to understand his point of view.

    I may have misremembered this, but I believe early on Martin recognized his own lack of experience running a large company, so he started a CEO search long before Elon replaced him.
     
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    #8 malcolm, Nov 6, 2008
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    Nope - your memory's just fine:

    Tesla Motors - think

    That was posted by Martin in the middle of August 2007.

    Meanwhile...

    Reminds me of a line from Scooby Doo:-

    "What's the secret of your success?"

    "Teamwork! I do a tremendous amount of teamwork!"
     
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    The article talks about Roadster production costs as a major point of contention.

    As I recall, the Roadster program had lots of costs added on along the way that were not part of the original plan. The old blogs had talked of headlight redesigns, door sill height adjustments, improved seats, new sound systems, and even the plan to go for a two speed instead of starting with a 1 speed.
    Recall all the agony of added weight and having to upgrade various things in response.

    I think Martin may have been caught "between a rock and hard place" trying to control costs but at the same time being asked to spend more money trying to make the product better and better.

    Recall the old blog title The Perfect Car, Enemy of the Good Car
    To some degree delays and cost overruns might be attributed to a premature quest for perfection?
     
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    And these were implemented at Elon's insistence. He even paid for the headlight redesign himself, because he felt it was so important.

    I don't disagree with these changes, but it's ridiculous for him to blame others for the size of the bill when he was the one who insisted on ordering all the chef's specials.
     
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    I could not agree with you more Malcolm... :smile:
     
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