What is the consensus here? If Tesla shows sales growth and the gross margins on its vehicle sales stay healthy, can it lose money for many more years as long as the losses are due to heavy R&D spending, building out infrastructure and expanding manufacturing capacity? And when I say "can it lose money for many more years" I mean - will Wall Street keep supplying it with more and more cash via stock offerings. I come from a very long term investing background, personally, where I buy things and just basically hold on for the long run. I've decided that to show my support for Tesla I'm going to buy some shares next week for fun - money I can afford to lose. I will not personally care if Tesla shows an accounting profit, or even positive cash flow, or even whether they hit their quarterly targets - as long as sales show a healthy year-over-year growth rate and the gross margins on the vehicles remain healthy. I don't care if Tesla loses money for another 5-10 years, myself - as long as the money they lose is because it's all getting poured back into R&D, improving the technology in the cars, building infrastructure to help create a moat, etc. How do others feel who own shares? What's the consensus on how Wall Street is viewing the company - are the shares remaining high because other people think positive cash flow is around the corner, or because people think that in the very long run Tesla is building a juggernaut that will bear great fruit but not for another decade or so?