I said I’d be back if Elon Musk Elonned again, and here we are. The last two weeks alone have included: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully splashing down in the Atlantic after its first launch A new Boring Company project in Las Vegas, set to open in time for CES 2021 An even faster Supercharger from Tesla German regulators telling Tesla to knock it off with the “gas savings” on their pricing A Chicago mayoral race that’s imperiled the future of The Boring Company’s plans there Another former Tesla employee saying the company spied on its workers Tesla reversing itself on its plan to close stores, and hiking prices on most of its cars Musk accusing the Securities and Exchange Commission of an “unconstitutional power grab” A Bloomberg story that suggests Musk personally tried to destroy a whistleblower The introduction of the Model Y Friends, this is Too Much News. What is the coherent narrative here? Musk clashes with politicians, employees, and regulators while… also… uh… technology? Hm, actually though, chaos reigns seems like a decent theme. Businesspeople usually like to imagine themselves as Stable Pillars of the Community Who Deserve Public Trust, Please Do Not Look Closely At Their Business Thanks. By comparison, Musk seems to consider himself a trickster figure, Bugs Bunnying his way through the transportation industry. Musk isn’t going to behave the way, say, Tim Apple behaves — if Donald Trump were to rename him Elon Boring Company SpaceX Tesla, you get the sense he would not… [Read full story]
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