Why the world (and the electric car) need people like Elon Musk
Susana Fernández Cifuentes
Visionary. This is what all entrepreneurs want to be from a very young age. The problem is that the visionaries who actually have made history can fit into a taxi (or cabify). Not all of them have had the same fortune. And not all have been recognised.
Tell that to Nikola Tesla, who was removed from that taxi by visionaries more knowledgeable in economic matters than him (like Thomas Edison, inventor/patenter of the first light bulb, among other things). As a sort of poetic justice, Elon Musk, is a great fan of Tesla, and it may be Musk who winds up being kicked out of that club of visionaries if he continues to behave like that—like a fifteen year-old entrepreneur.
Elon Musk (founder of Tesla Motors after having triumphed with Paypal) doesn't have clients, he has believers. Any criticism of his persona on social media receives thousands of messages to the contrary to maintain intact his aura of a leader. Despite having been forced to leave the presidency of Tesla and pay a multi-million dollar fine for announcing on Twitter his intention to go public with the company, and bizarre personal and family life (the entire repository is online), Elon has done more for the electric car than (almost) anyone.
"I think Musk's main function, regardless of how he or Tesla Motors winds up, has been fulfilled. Before his appearance, the electric car market was a whim, something that nobody believed in, and only some models were periodically released, ugly as the devil, to entertain the staff (...). I think that even if he fails or falls victim to his contradictions, even if Tesla Motors is absorbed by a large company and reduced to a mere line of luxury cars, the fruit of Musk’s labour is here to stay, and it’s a game-changer". That’s according to Miguel A. Delgado, journalist, writer, spokesperson and curator of exhibits dedicated to Nikola Tesla at the Fundación Telefónica España.