‘Elon wasn’t the founder of Tesla, he acquired it’: Bengaluru man tweets, Musk clarifies story: The Tribune India

San Francisco, April 23

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has re-clarified the electric vehicle company’s early history to a Bengaluru-based man who tweeted that “Elon Musk wasn’t the founder of Tesla. He acquired it.”

The tech billionaire recently reiterated a few points about Tesla’s early days in a series of tweets following a post from Vaibhav Sisinty, CEO and founder of GrowthSchool, Teslarati reports.

Sisinty issued a “reminder” stating that Musk was not the founder of Tesla and simply acquired the company.

It wasn’t long before Tesla’s CEO decided to correct the narrative and provide some new information about Tesla’s early days in the process.

“Not even close to that. It was a fictional company with no employees, no intellectual property, no designs, no prototypes, literally nothing but a (commercial) plan to market AC Propulsion’s T-Zero car, which was introduced to me by JB Straubel, not Eberhard. Even (the) name “Tesla Motors” belonged to others!” Musk wrote on the microblogging platform.

Musk said that if one were to follow the logic adopted in the narrative that portrays Eberhard and Tarpenning as the founders of Tesla, then he would be the only “founder” of PayPal since he started the company that eventually became the online payment giant.

According to the report, during his 2022 TED appearance, Musk said his worst business decision was probably the fact that he didn’t just start Tesla with JB Straubel.

Musk said he did not invest in a company.

He, Straubel and the other people listed as the founders of Tesla started a company, which became the world’s most valuable automaker with a trillion dollar valuation.


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