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Lunch after annual shareholder meeting on 6/3/14

Discussion in 'TSLA Investor Discussions' started by DaveT, May 4, 2014.

  1. DaveT

    DaveT Searcher of green pastures

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    #1 DaveT, May 4, 2014
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    I'm going to be flying up for the Tesla annual shareholding meeting (held at 11am on June 3, 2014), and I was thinking it would be fun to get together for lunch afterward with any of you that are planning to attend. If you're interested, just reply to this thread. Also, if you have a suggestion of restaurant location, please share that as well.

    Update: lunch gathering will be after the shareholder meeting and requires rsvp here:
    Anyvite | Lunch after TSLA's annual shareholder meeting
     
  2. mershaw2001

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    I live in palo alto, and I have a car. I am 90% sure i'm taking the day off and going to go to the shareholder meeting, so if I'm there I can drive us to lunch.

    ps. we should pick different places for whether they have a good quarter or a bad quarter. If it's a bad quarter, i'll be suggesting mcdonalds based on my long position.
     
  3. DaveT

    DaveT Searcher of green pastures

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    Alright, if the stock is at 190 or below we'll eat at In-N-Out.
     
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    Have any of you guys gone to it in past years? Is there much to it or is it just a quick presentation/voting/q&a?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, that would be nice to go out to lunch after the meeting. I live in Mountain View, and will be catching a ride with someone local. I'm game for lunch if others are.

    As far as the meeting goes, last year voting took about 5 minutes total (was superfluous, as there enough votes pre-meeting that paper votes would have no affect on outcome), Elon had a very brief presentation (a few slides, he talked for maybe 10-15 minutes), then he just opened it up for questions for about another 45 minutes. As usual, Elon is most comfortable just answering questions and talking off the cuff for the bulk of the meeting, and he's always fun to see/hear.
     
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    #6 tander, May 5, 2014
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    I'm not sure if I will go to the meeting or not, so if someone thinks these questions are worthwhile, please ask them for me, I think most would be best directed at Musk:

    1. It seems like whenever big auto starts making truly mass production cars (100k-millions per year) they start to have major quality control issues that are responsible for consumer deaths (not just slight design tweaks like the titanium battery plate), how can Tesla start planning to do things differently now to avoid this problem when they cross that bridge?

    2. Obviously Tesla needs to focus on cars for the time being, but it seems like aviation and watercraft could fit in with "Tesla Motors" too (even just dropping MS components into an old Cessna is conceivable right now), is this a consideration or would that be for a seperate entity or side projects if collaborators come knocking?

    3. Tesla already has a great venture pitch/mission statement: "to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible" , but is it time to flesh it out a little into a more mature description or is simpler better in this case?
     
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    #7 Ugliest1, May 5, 2014
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    My wife and I will be on a road trip, coincidentally near the area and are very much looking forward to attending the shareholder meeting - not something we would normally be able to do. It would also be great to have lunch after and meet some of the TMC folks.

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    We've already voted electronically. :)
     
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    Add me to the lunch list. Here's to hoping we decide on the French Laundry
     
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    I wish I could go to the meeting but unlikely as I am on the East Coast and would be a long trip.

    my advice to anyone on here making a trip out of it is to get to the museum extra extra early because my guess is there will be a huge amount of people traveling from all over to go and there won't be close to enough room in the computer museum.

    I have no idea of the capacity of the venue but i would not be surprised if 10 times more people try to go this year than last year...it would suck to fly out to the meeting and not get in because a bunch of people camped out overnight and filled all the possible spots.

    Goodluck to all going.
     
  10. bonnie

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    I'd love to join you all, but will be in China. Have fun!
     
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    I watched the stream last year and was surprised to hear they are keeping the same venue this year. It looks really small.
     
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    The French Laundry is 2 hours drive from where the shareholders meeting is. Regardless of price or menu, I think it prudent to keep it local, Mountain View, Palo Alto have every kind of cuisine you could want (except Ethiopian, for that you have to go to San Jose).

    But we have the fancy organic, locally sourced artisan places, American (steakhouses, seafood restaurants, pub food) as well as assorted 'ethnic' foods, with restaurants that specialize in Indian, Pakistani, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Nepalese, German, Italian, French, Turkish, Greek, Mexican, Brazilian, Salvadorian, Cuban, Morroccan, etc. I think we could find interesting food of any price range within a 15 minute ride of the computer history museum.
     
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    Hi Lori, if it's okay with you I'd like to delegate finding the restaurant location to you. We'll use this thread to gather the # of people going to the lunch so you can make a reservation. I'm okay with whatever restaurant. Perhaps for those going, they're allowed a veto vote (ie., "I veto Greek").

    We'll say preliminary deadline to let us know if you're attending lunch is going to be May 23. That way Lori can make a reservation. And then we'll have a final cutoff on May 30, so Lori can adjust the reservation if needed.
     
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    I'm attending the shareholders' meeting but afterwards I'd rather enjoy a picnic with some nice wine, good bread etc. Anyone who'd care to join me feel free. Any nice parks around that area?
     
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    #15 lorih, May 5, 2014
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    Ha, Ha! I am the volunteer organizer for the Silicon Valley TMC group, and we organize group meet ups about once every two months. Here are a few things I have learned from attempting to organize these events:

    1) You can't please everyone
    2) Asking people for feedback and then trying to accommodate even the majority doesn't work
    3) Giving two or three choices to vote, doesn't work

    The only thing I have found works is getting basic guidelines and approximate number of people, then posting details with time, location, description of activity or food and asking people to RSVP if they want to join that particular event.

    I suspect that we might want to organize two lunches, one low key like the picnic in the park or inexpensive restaurant where food is fun, but main focus is socializing with other Tesla enthusiasts, and one in a fancy restaurant for those that want to meet and spend a portion of their earnings on good food and extravagance to celebrate. One focuses on celebration of wealth, one focuses on celebration of community.

    Just my observation from forums and meetings of Tesla folks, but I think more people are interested in meeting each other than finding the best tasting delicacy around...

    And, lastly, I am VERY willing to help with the organization, but my current health issues preclude me from driving, and in some cases it means I may not even attend an event that I have organized because on a given day I am not physically able, so there should be someone else at each event that decides, "ok! let's order now! whoever comes late has to fend for themselves."
     
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    For those who might consider the picnic option.....

    I'm a baker/cook and can easily provide: focaccia buns for sandwiches, salad and brownies/cookies for up to 12 people. As for various fillings for sandwiches each person can bring what suits them. And also BYOB -- preferably wine! ;o]]
     
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    May I join you guys for lunch / get together after the meeting?

    I am taking a vacation from work just to attend the meetings both at TSLA and SCTY. I will be in SF area both on Jun. 3rd and 4th.

    I am agnostic on the food. I will be renting a car (an ICE unfortunately). So I can tag along but I am unfamiliar with the area.

    Please let me know. Thanks!
     
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    I am considering making the trip from the east coast but may defer to the 'X' event. Question: Is there a chance of a group factory tour that afternoon?
     
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    I hope I'm not pumping up the shareholder meeting too much as I'm not sure it would be worth it for most people to fly in since there will be a video webcast of the event. The shareholder meeting, judging from previous years, is a low-key event with Elon making a few remarks and taking some questions.

    No plans for a group factory tour but it's an interesting idea. I'd imagine it might be easier for people to arrange their own tours by calling the factory. If someone isn't a Model S (or Roadster) owner and wants to tag along with someone on a factory tour, they could post here and see if there are any takes.

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    Of course, the lunch meeting is open to everyone here.

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    A picnic is interesting and could be lots of fun. But I'm all for simplicity so it could be complicated for people to bring their own sandwich filling, etc. If you could provide everything for the picnic where people just show up, then I think it would be a great idea. We could charge people $10-20 each to cover expenses. Or a couple of us could split the cost (ie., I'd be willing to split the total cost of the picnic with one or two other people if there are volunteers).

    The cool thing about a picnic is that it's more relaxing (ie., outdoors, nature) than a restaurant. But a restaurant provides everything, so there's convenience. But if you could give us the convenience of a restaurant where we can just show up, then a picnic would be ideal IMO.
     
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    I have started to think it might be good to get a private room in a restaurant that serves a buffet...easy, simple, no worries about who pays what.

    I know a Chinese place, Indian, Thai or possibly Italian this might work for. And, I was thinking the same thing as DaveT, picnic is hard for people traveling far. Would probably require catering, and charging people, which is way beyond my organizing energy at the moment.

    let me know what you think about reserving our own romm at a restaurant, say first 20-40 people to respond yes can come, and I will keep costs to $15-30$ each (depending on the place and what the options are)
     

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