One is Elon Musk (duh), and the other is JB Straubel. But there were three more—and there’s a cautionary tale in why they aren’t billionaires too.
Electric car upstart Tesla gathered reporters at a Santa Monica Airport hangar on a July afternoon in 2006 to unveil its battery-powered roadster, an audacious, $100,000 two-seater for which few automotive experts saw much hope of success. The company’s brash, tech-savvy CEO, Martin Eberhard, declared that Silicon Valley ingenuity would teach Detroit’s auto giants how to make compelling zero-emission cars. Tesla’s first effort, a modified Lotus Elise chassis packed with 7,000 tiny lithium-ion cells, was a high-end concept that would soon be followed by a lower-priced family sedan, the chief executive said. The vision he laid out that day ultimately came to pass, but not with him in charge.
Tesla this month became the first carmaker to hit an astonishing $1 trillion valuation, but the CEO who introduced the company to the press 15 years ago didn’t become synonymous with the brand. And he certainly didn’t wind up as the wealthiest person in history. That’s Elon Musk, of course, Tesla’s earliest investor and the company’s current CEO. Musk was also present at Tesla’s debut in 2006, but he assumed a lower profile that day, mainly arguing for the need to shift cars away from gasoline power as quickly as possible.
Tesla’s original CEO, Eberhard, and another early executive named Marc Tarpenning, who in 2003 dreamed up the idea of naming the company’s vehicles in honor of inventor Nikola Tesla, are Tesla’s original shareholders — the first men to claim ownership of the upstart brand that would go on to shake up the Detroit establishment. But neither of them retained enough Tesla stock to achieve billionaire status, much less Musk’s current net worth that Forbes estimates at $282 billion as of Nov. 10. It was Musk’s seed capital—the result of an early payday investing in payments processor PayPal—that turned Eberhard and Tarpenning’s vision into a reality. Ultimately, it also set Musk on a path to take full control of Tesla by steadily raising his ownership stake in a series of nine funding rounds prior to the company’s 2010 IPO, each of which further diluted the stakes of Eberhard and Tarpenning. Even today Musk’s stake grows as he continues to receive quarterly stock awards, in lieu of salary, worth billions of dollars.
In an interview, Eberhard says he retains a “relatively small” stake in the carmaker, while declining to be specific. “I sold a good chunk of my stock a long time ago,” Eberhard, 61, says from his home in Washington state’s San Juan Islands. “People somehow have the idea that I was a zillionaire when I started Tesla. I was not.”
Had Eberhard been wealthier from the sale of the Rocket eBook, an early handheld electronic reader he and Tarpenning created in the late 1990s, there would have been no need to seek initial funding from Musk, he says.
Musk has often said he doesn’t care about wealth and sold his Los Angeles mansions last year to live in a humble, prefab box house on his SpaceX campus in Boca Chica, Texas. Nevertheless, he keeps amassing wealth at a remarkable pace. That’s because of an early ownership stake of nearly 20% in the company and a long-term compensation plan announced in 2018 that rewards him with billions of dollars of additional Tesla stock every time it hits quarterly performance targets based on financial and valuation metrics. (He’s also preparing to sell 10% of his stake, worth about $15 billion as of Nov. 9, to avoid a massive tax hit as some long-term options mature.)
“I own no Tesla stock now. Of course I could not imagine a $1 trillion valuation!”
Eberhard, meanwhile, sold much of his stake after being pushed out of Tesla in 2007, before the Roadster’s launch. He sued Musk in 2009 over his ouster and for slander, before settling the case for undisclosed terms. As part of a settlement, he dropped opposition to Musk, former Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel and Ian Wright, an early engineer with the company, also being called cofounders, in addition to himself and Tarpenning.
“When I got kicked out of Tesla I had no money—I mean I really had no money,” Eberhard says. “Worse than that, I had no possibility of employment for about a year” because of a restrictive intellectual property agreement with Tesla, he says. “I did not participate in any investment rounds after I left.”
Eberhard won’t provide details of his Tesla stake, but he confirms he’s not a billionaire. Tarpenning, these days a partner at Spero Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has said he, too, still owns Tesla stock, but he isn’t listed among its top shareholders. He didn’t respond to inquiries from Forbes.
Of the five official cofounders, only Straubel, who left Tesla in 2019, is likely to have attained billionaire status from his holdings. His stake may be worth about $1.3 billion, assuming he retains a significant portion of Tesla stock held when he left. Straubel, currently CEO and cofounder of battery recycling startup Redwood Materials, declined to comment on the matter. Engineer Wright, who joined Eberhard and Tarpenning a few months after they created Tesla, left in 2004 to start another EV company. He sold his stake years ago.
“I own no Tesla stock now,” he tells Forbes. “Of course I could not imagine a $1 trillion valuation!”
Beyond making Musk the world’s richest person, the company that’s become synonymous with a global car revolution has also enriched investors and board members including venture capitalist Ira Ehrenpreis and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, as well as Elon’s younger brother, Kimbal, and countless investors inspired by the potential for a clean energy future.
“Whatever my opinion is about Musk, I am still super happy to see the electric car revolution—that we after all started—I’d like to see that revolution winning.”
For all the company’s success in the electric vehicle space and newfound financial stability, as well as the non-stop attention Musk seeks and generates, Tesla’s earliest days were marked by a high degree of management and strategic turbulence that left a single cofounder in control. Other tech-oriented giants that attained trillion-dollar valuations, such as Microsoft and Alphabet, created several billionaires among their cofounders, though Musk’s singular financial gains aren’t so unusual.
“While it does seem true that other notable technology firms minted multiple financial winners, a somewhat similar dynamic at Tesla played out at Apple,” says David Hsu, professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Cofounder Steve Jobs’ Apple stake was worth an estimated $2 billion at the time of his death in 2011 and Steve Wozniak’s wealth is an estimated $100 million, though Ronald Wayne, Apple’s little-known third cofounder, sold his stake early for $800, Hsu says. Musk’s rewards today simply flow from a risky early bet that’s paid off big for him.
“It’s not only ownership stakes of cofounders; we could also point to cases of missing out by investors, including angel and VC investors,” Hsu said. “At the time Musk invested in the Series A round, and for a considerable amount of time afterward, there was a lot of uncertainty about the ability of the firm to execute its bold vision. Some might argue that sentiment is still somewhat true today.”
Citing a “non-disparagement” clause that was part of the 2009 settlement, Eberhard declines to elaborate on his views about Musk these days. By contrast, Musk himself has shown far less restraint. He described Eberhard as “literally the worst person I’ve ever worked with” in a January 2020 interview for the Third Row Tesla podcast, hosted by Musk fans.
Still, the company’s original CEO, who owned “somewhat less” than 5% when he left Tesla, says he’s not unhappy these days, despite not profiting more from its surge.
“The valuation is what it is. What I’m happy about is the success of the company. It’s crucial that we get off of fossil fuels and Tesla has been the major driver of that, which is what we had hoped for from the beginning,” Eberhard says.
“Whatever my opinion is about Musk, I am still super happy to see the electric car revolution—that we after all started—I’d like to see that revolution winning. It has to.”
Elon Musk is a scammer, a liar, a sociopath, a mobster, a racist and a sex deviant who has a hit-job team of private i’s and Fusion GPS-type goons that he sends out to attack, defame, character assassinate and spy on any competitor or reporter that he does not like.
This is just a brief collection of thousands of pretty bad things that Elon has done:
Insulting others regularly:
Laughs at competitor. In the same year, Tesla dropped it’s worth while BYD increased theirs.
Spreading fake information:
Refuses to investigate Worker Complaints and fires those who are upset about work conditions:
Attacking the Press for investigating his companies and the respective profits and losses:
And of course rarely meeting promises:
He also regularly takes credit for other’s work:
— The original designer for Hyperloop. He tried out a prototype in Britain for 3 years, but it wasn’t worth the effort. Elon claims that it’s his design and idea, when it is not.
— Tesla 3 is not a very good car.
— Tesla 3 is also incredibly unsafe and a mechanic’s nightmare.
— Tesla S having severe issues.
— Stealing Evike’s Gun Design, expect the flamethrower not to be released because of this.
For someone who’s so environmentally green, he sure likes to buy a ton of homes and houses for himself.
— Getting sued for False Advertising, something that Musk and his companies do often.
He’s an asshole. You should hate him too. He has lots of promises and lots of words, but very little action. He relies on appealing to one’s emotion and excitement and giving his massive Goldman Sachs stock market manipulation team some BS tripe to pitch to Pension funds and to run pump-and-dumps with.
Tesla also spends hundreds of millions on advertising:
You ever wonder why there’s not many Tesla/Elon Musk ads on TV, Radio or on billboards? It’s because the majority of these hundreds of millions go towards Online Advertising. Yes, I’m talking about astroturfing:
(Ever find it strange how Elon and his companies are in the top 50 of r/all literally all the time?)
This is also why Elon Musk and his companies refuse to travel outside of America. Other nations have laws that protect consumers so they know what they’re seeing, but America doesn’t because it’s Corporation before Community.
His lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth mines use child labor, allow the rape of workers, are based in bribes and corruption and encourage genocide in foreign nations. Musk doesn’t care…Musk hates blacks!
Musk’s parents loved Apartheid. Musk left South Africa to avoid the end of Apartheid.
The guy that clean’s Nancy Pelosi’s and Dianne Feinstein’s toilet in Congress barely gets paid enough to care for his family yet the Pelosi and Feinstein family cartel pockets tens of millions of dollars per year in stock market bribes from Elon Musk. No citizen gets insider trading deals like that and the SEC never busts any of them!
Musk is the internet equivalent of a self-aggrandizing fame-whore tech Kardashian. Musk has huge numbers of Chinese and Russian click-farms and sock puppet factories that pretend to be Musk “fanboys” on the internet. He uses Palantir and Oracle software to look for any occurence of his name on the internet and then, instantly, send his internet trolls to slam anybody who negs him in the comments sections. Musk has bee professionally diagnosed with “narcissistic personality disorder”, “sociopath tendencies” and an “inability to distinguish crime from normal social behavior”.
He does some stunts for the masses and they ignore all his bad shit for it.
Musk’s lithium ion batteries release cancer-causing toxic smoke when they self ignite in the car. As lithium ion batteries age, the get more and more likely to blow up as the dendrites in the internal chemistry degrade. Lithium ion batteries are not regulated because the Silicon Valley oligarchs and the California Senators own the stock in these dangerous, deadly, toxic, explosive, genocide-causing batteries. Musk and Obama conduit bribes back and forth for their financiers. Musk had to give away the Tesla patents because his staff, who wrote the patents, disclosed how deadly and dangerous his lithium ion batteries are RIGHT IN THE PUBLISHED TEXT OF THE PATENT, which Musk never saw until the patent was published! (Ha!) Bernard Tse, Musk’s battery boss, quite Tesla to start a competing car company because Musk was covering up all the danger’s of the Tesla batteries from Panasonic. Panasonic has been running a “dumping” and bribery program to profiteer on lithium ion batteries and block any other technologies.
He mooches taxpayer money, takes credit for others work and then sells himself as the greatest genius of this century.
I mean, to be a famous genius in history you had to write a book, like the Principia, that literally revolutionized everything or discover an entire realm of our existence we didn’t even know was there. Musk just has a billion dollar public-paid-for PR team and a fake smile.
What the fuck does Musk actually do? Acting like he owns the world 🙂
Musk’s cars and rockets explode because of bad and rushed engineering, his Neuralink company tortures animals for BS mind control chips, His Boring Company tunnels are unsafe and un-needed and he only started it to build billionaire hide-aways underground. All of his “technologies” were copied from someone else.
He’s basically another asshole like Steve Jobs, good at marketing the ideas and products that people working for him make.
He’s a face. Its not like he is the dude who actually makes/programs/designs Tesla’s, their autonomous driving functions, SpaceX, etc. But for some reason he gets kinda meme’d into being some super genius who’s responsible for those things. Then you get weird rumors like “DUDE ELON MUSK IS ACTUALLY THE DUDE WHO INVENTED BITCOIN” which just seems kinda unlikely/improbable.
Sending a Tesla into space seems very egotistical and just pointless compared to the Voyager, and its golden record. It serves a function, it explores space, sends us back information, and contains information that potentially some sentient lifeform could find and learn about us. What would an alien think if they found a Tesla? The fact that we obviously sent out a land based vehicle into space is just kinda dumb. Then if they were able to understand that its more about branding and promoting a car than actually serving a function and is basically just gonna be space garbage. The dude also seems to really want to rush progress. I am all for progress, but you make sacrifices when you want to push things to change too quickly.
Musk just stabs others in the back. This article got buried and it’s too bad because it shows exactly how he operates.
DALE VINCE V ELON MUSK: ELECTRIC CAR TSARS AT WAR OVER MOTORWAY CHARGING STATIONS “…In the City they call them fat-fingered trades — when a trader inadvertently hits the wrong key on his computer and costs his bank millions. The price of the email — sent in error late on Sunday, May 18, last year from a Tesla employee to someone at Ecotricity with the same first name as its intended recipient — has yet to be determined, but it could easily run into the millions too. The email allegedly made clear Tesla’s plans to break up the partnership it had built with Ecotricity to install chargers in service areas and instead to make a direct approach to their operators. Ecotricity says that the email — written in haste after an article last year in The Sunday Times that disclosed Musk’s concept of an electric superhighway in Britain — also revealed Tesla’s intention to blacken Ecotricity’s name with politicians and the media. Instead of being sent to Simon Sproule, then Tesla’s head of corporate communications, the email was sent by mistake to Simon Crowfoot of Ecotricity, alerting the company to Tesla’s plans. Vince said the email was evidence not only of underhandedness but of a “brutal” corporate culture within the American firm. “I have never seen anything approaching Tesla’s behaviour and we have been around 20 years this year and we’ve had some run-ins, you know. I do think it’s cultural — I just think that’s how they operate.” …“I’ve never even met the guy,” he said of Vince. “Initially when we tried working with him he started making all sorts of outrageous demands, so we thought, ‘Well, OK, we’ll just not work with you’ — and then he sued us.”… MORE: https://www.driving.co.uk/news/dale-vince-vs-elon-musk/
The sooner Tesla goes bust, the better for many countries. Ecotricity is orders of magnitude better than Tesla.
He’s pretty smug for a guy with hair plugs and facial plastic surgery fakery.
His Starlink internet costs $500.00 for the hardware and a hundred bucks a month to have The Silicon Valley Cartel spy on everything that goes over his internet and decide which media is politically correct for you to see. Why would anyone want HIS internet when most internet is free and less spied on? Starlink was Musk’s and Larry Page’s scheme to control all politics by controlling all media. Tell them to “SHOVE IT” by making sure Starlink goes bankrupt!
I remember the battery in Adelaide, Australia he built, where it’s been claimed to ‘prevent/stop blackouts’ and drive the gas business to its knees? The batteries can only hold 5-10 minutes of power.
Elon Musk, Goldman Sachs and Steve Jurvetson uses massive “Flash-Boy” computer arrays to manipulate the stock market and fake up all of the Tesla stock. He never gets arrested because the Pelosi, Harris, Feinstein, Reid families own Tesla and Tesla supplier stock and they put a hold on SEC, FTC and FBI charges against Musk.
He seems to be bi-sexual with his sleep-overs with Larry Page and his sex cult actitivies and Epstein sicko stuff.
Musk started rich with daddy-money and knew how to exploit mining corruption due to his father owning a Jade Mine and his trophy wife mother being a “model” (who dated quite a bit) throughout the 70’s and 90’s. His father screwed his sister and got her pregnant. The whole Musk family is a bunch of sickos. Musk’s insane greed has caused him to spend vast amounts of money covering the fact that his lithium ion batteries explode when they get wet and tend to get more explosive as they age over time. The chemistry inside his lithium ion batteries is the most toxic, deadly, explosive, cancer-causing, environmentally-damaging, worker-poisoning, child-labor mined crap on Earth!
Elon Musk and Elizabeth Holmes are the same kind of lying nut-jobs backed by the same Silicon Valley Scam Tech Cartel!
Life is ultra easy when you’re rich. You can quite literally do anything and everything.
Musk is a mobster propped up by the MSM and the largest and most vast sock-puppet, troll-farm, click-farm contracts on Earth! Nick Denton’s tabloid empire (Gawker, Gizmodo, Jalopnik) work for Musk. Larry Page has Google hype his stock and neg his competitors because Google bosses own Tesla stock. (That’s illegal too – per the SEC and FTC) He has fucked over every wife, supplier, partner, co-founder and employee and it is amazing that one of them have not shot him in the head yet.
He and Goldman Sachs can keep pump-and-dump stock market scams going for the next hundred years from the 2008 Department Of Energy hand-out he first got from the taxpayers. He makes nothing of value to society. He just makes bullshit scams to hype his self-glory.
LITHIUM AND BATTERIES:
Lithium ion batteries: Cause wars, rape and genocide in the Congo, Afghanistan and Bolivia from the corrupt mining deals involved with mining lithium and cobalt; are insider trading-owned by ex-CIA boss Woolsey and DOE Boss Chu; excrete chemicals that mutate fetuses when they burn; destroy your brain, lungs and nervous system when they burn; kill the factory workers who make them; cause Panasonic to be one of the most corrupt companies in the world; poison the Earth when disposed of; can’t be extinguished by firemen; poison firemen when they burn; are based on criminally corrupt mining schemes like URANIUM ONE; Have over 61 toxic chemicals in them; come from an industry that spends billions on internet shills and trolls used to nay say all other forms of energy; are insider-trading owned by corrupt U.S. Senators who are running a SAFETY COVER-UP about their dangers. Apple products with lithium ion batteries have been exploding and setting people on fire; over time the chemical dendrites inside each battery grow worse and increase the chances of explosion as they age – LITHIUM ION BATTERIES BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKELY TO EXPLODE AS TIME GOES ON AND AS THEY AGE; “Bad Guys” have figured out how to make them explode remotely; have their dangers hidden by CNN and MSM because pretty much only the DNC people profit from them; are the heart of Elon Musk’s stock market scam. The Obama Administration promised Silicon Valley oligarchs the market monopoly on lithium ion batteries and the sabotage of fuel cells in exchange for campaign financing and search engine rigging; United States Senators that are supposed to protect us from these deadly products own the stock market assets of them so they protect them and stop the FDA, OSHA, DOT & NHTSA from outlawing them. WRITE YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE AND DEMAND THAT LITHIUM ION BATTERIES BE MADE ILLEGAL TO SELL! NiCAD and Hundreds of other battery chemistries DO NOT have all of these problems but Lithium Ion batteries get a monopoly because of politician insider trading ownerships. A recent fire on U.S. Highway 101 near Mountain View, CA, burned the driver alive and killed him. In Florida two kids died in a Tesla, burned alive, screaming in agony. A man died in agony in a Tesla crash in Malibu that set Malibu Canyon on fire. A young woman, at the start of life, and her boyfriend were burned alive in their crashed Tesla. There are many more deaths and crashes than you have heard about. The deaths and the cover-ups are endless. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and their associates own the stock in Tesla Motors and/or it’s suppliers and mining companies and they cover-up and halt investigations and laws designed to save the public. They, and their crony’s, spend over $1B a year to shill and troll hype about lithium ion batteries and cover-up the dangers. Lithium ion EVs are more prone to battery fires. Experts say that their lithium-ion batteries can fuel hotter fires that release toxic fumes and are more difficult to put out. Lithium ion fires keep reigniting which explains why it takes so long and requires copious amounts of water or foam (it is an electric fire, after all) to smother the flames. Tesla employee Bernard Tse and his team warned Elon Musk about these dangers in 2008 and they got fired and/or warned to “say nothing” by Musk. Three top Tesla engineers died in a plane crash next to Tesla offices in San Carlos after two of them agreed to become whistle-blowers.Elon Musk exists because he bribed DNC politicians and Senators Feinstein, Reid, Boxer, Harris, Clinton and Pelosi to give him free taxpayer cash and government resources from the Dept. of Energy and the Calif treasury. DOE has been covering-up organized crime activities at DOE in which DOE funds are being used as a slush-fund to pay off DNC campaign financiers and to pay for CIA/GPS Fusion-Class attacks on Silicon Valley business competitors of those DNC campaign financiers who DOE staff share stock market holdings with. Elon Musk is a criminal, a mobster, an asshole, a bald fake-hair wearing, plastic surgery-addicted, douchebag, woman-abusing, sex addicted, tax evader. Musk exploits poor people and child slaves in the Congo and Afghanistan to mine his lithium and Cobalt. Musk spends billions per year to hire Russian trolls, fake blogger fan-boys and buy fake news self-aggrandizement articles about himself. Musk thinks he is the ‘Jesus’ of Silicon Valley. Fake News manipulator Google is run by Larry Page and Larry is Musk’s investor and bromance butt buddy. Musk uses massive numbers of shell companies and trust funds to self-deal, evade the law and hide his bribes and stock market insider trading. A huge number of Tesla drivers have been killed; pedestrians and oncoming drivers have also been killed, and Musk covers it up. The DNC and the MSM refuse to allow any articles about Musk’s crimes to be printed because they benefit from Musk’s crimes. Musk has been professionally diagnosed as a ‘psychotic narcissist.’A ‘Silicon Valley Mafia; cartel of frat boy sociopath venture capitalists like Steve Jurvetson, Tim Draper, Eric Schmidt, et al; threaten those who do not support the cult of Tesla or their political candidates. In EVERY blog that you read that mentions ‘Musk’, at least 1/3 of the comments have been placed their by Musk’s paid shills. Musk holds the record for getting sued for fraud by his investors, wives, former partners, employees, suppliers and co-founders. Elon Musk has gone out of his way to hire hundreds of ex-CIA staff and assign them to “dirty tricks teams” to attack his competitors and elected officials who Musk hates. Musk never founded his companies. Musk’s “Starlink” satellites are domestic spy and political manipulation tools – never get your internet from one. Musk stole Tesla in a hostile ownership take-over from Marty the true inventor of the Tesla. The same kind of EMF radiation proven to cause cancer from cell phones exists in massive amounts in a Tesla. Musk can’t fix a car or build a rocket and has almost no mechanical skills. If you pull a report of every VIN# of every Tesla ever built and cross reference that with insurance, repair and lawsuit records you will find that the “per volume” fire, crash, death and defect rate is THE WORST of any car maker in history! Musk is a lying con artist and partners with Goldman Sachs to rig the stock market. Sachs has a dedicated team of 18 men who rig stocks and valuation bumps for Musk. Over 1000 witnesses can prove every one of those claims in any live televised Congressional hearing! Senators Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and their associates own the stock in Tesla Motors and/or it’s suppliers and mining companies. That is why they criminally help cover-up investigations of Tesla! All of this was reported, in writing, to James Comey, Patricia Rich and David Johnson at the FBI. The DNC bosses own the stock in lithium, Solar and EV markets and use kickbacks from those markets (Especially via convoluted campaign finance laundering via Elon Musk) to finance the DNC. The DNC bosses use character assassination as their main political tool against any member of the public who speaks out against their felony stock market scams and PizzaGate-like scandals. The Harvey Weinstein reports by Ronan Farrow show that they have teams of hired goons that they pay to destroy people’s lives. They use Black Cube, Mossad, In-Q-Tel, Stratfor, Gawker Media, Gizmodo Media, Media Matters, David Brock, Sid Blumenthal, NY Times, Google servers, Facebook servers, Podesta Group, Perkins Coie, Covington & Burling and a host of “assassins”. It should be a felony to hire character assassins in the USA. DEMAND A LAW and DEMAND the termination of these attack services. IE: Gawker and Gizmodo Media sets-up the attack stories and, in paid partnership with Google, Google kicks their attack links around the globe, in front of 8 Billion people, forever. Google locks the attack articles of its enemies on the front top search results of Google search results forever, on purpose! That is why Google is being terminated in the largest, most well resourced anti-corruption public service take-down in history! Tesla and Musk are protected by shareholders Harris, Pelosi, Feinstein, Brown and Newsom. Panasonic (indicted for bribery and Musk’s partner) spends billions of dollars annually cover-up lithium battery fires and battery defects.
MUSK AND TESLA:
The Musk empire has paid more bribes to politicians than almost any other modern entity. That is why no full investigation of the Musk scams has ever been completed. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Larry Page have a bromance relationship with Musk and use the global resources of Alphabet to hide any negative news about Musk assets.The 2008 Department of Energy Cleantech Crash proves that a federal agency was used as just one big slush-fund to pay-off political campaign financiers, operate insider-trading stocks and sabotage those financiers competitors using taxpayer-financed resources! We have used private investigator, FBI resources and deep AI research to reveal that all government staff working on our application were getting quid-pro-quo…they were on the take. (Can anyone point out to us EVEN ONE person who was in the DOE/White House loop who was not working for, invested in, getting a future job from or other wise conflicted?) What do you do when The U.S. Government convinces you to invest millions of dollars, and your life, into one of their projects. Then their project turns out to be a scam where they had covertly hard-wired the upside to a couple of Senator’s and their campaign financier friends. The fix was in and the game was rigged to use a government program as a slush-fund for friends-with-benefits. We, and the public, got defrauded. Now the damages must be paid for, one way, or another. Every one of the insiders who did get government funding got it in the exact same size and order as their covert political campaign funding and stock market bribes to the deciders. Chamath Palihapitiya and other Silicon Valley insiders have now exposed the fact that Greylock, Kleiner, etc. are just a VC Ponzi Scheme! in this whole mess. Musk used crooked Senators to get his funds. Those Senators and government agency bosses were financed by, friends with, sleeping with, dating the staff of, holding stock market assets in, promised a revolving door job or government service contracts from, partying with, personal friends with, photographed at private events with, making profits by consulting for, exchanging emails with, business associates of or directed by; one of those business adversaries, or the Senators and politicians that those business adversaries pay campaign finances to, or supply political search engine manipulation services to. Elon Musk is notorious for getting Department of Energy money by bribing public officials and placing his friends: Steven Chu, Matt Rogers, Steve Westly, Steve Spinner’s ‘special friend’, etc. on the staff of the Department of Energy and in the White House. We have FBI-class records, financial tracking, emails, stock market relay records and other forensic data that proves it. We can swear, warrant, certify and prove these assertions in front of Congress in a live Congressional hearing or Civil Jury trial, given non-compromised legal backing. If you think you have bribed the same number of Senators, bought a President and taken over most of the Department of Energy like Musk did… go for it! In this day and age, with every citizen able to track every public figure, with FBI-quality databases, on their home computers, it might be a crash-and-burn but you are welcome to try. Lithium metals, and other rare earth mining materials, are monopolized by Elon Musk and his Silicon Valley Cartel, in rare-earth corrupt mining scams. Lithium’s widespread use in cars is hindered by a challenging obstacle: upon multiple charge-discharge cycles, fractal filaments called dendrites always grow through the electrolyte from the negative to the positive electrode and short-circuit the battery from the inside, thus guaranteeing that Tesla Cars will eventually all explode. Musk and Panasonic have known this since 2007 (They are “dumping” the batteries via Tesla) and have paid U.S. Senators, who own stock in Tesla, to cover it up. The lithium fires and toxic vapors are a major safety concern because they have killed, poisoned and injured too many citizens. Musk gets away with his scams because he pays U.S. Senators bribes with stocks in his corporations and has a thousand crooked Goldman Sachs investment bankers selling his hair-brained schemes to your parents pension funds. Tesla is known as “the official car of douche-bags”. The safety defect cover-ups on the Tesla are extreme. Musk’s narcissistic trophy-wife mom and his extremist father (who got his young sister pregnant) are thought to be the cause of Musk’s racism and sociopath behaviors. He is the #1 crony capitalist government mooch in America and has received billions of dollars of your tax money to help him buy his mansions, starlets and sex parties. His cars and rockets blow up, his tunnels are unsafe, his satellites spy on consumers and his brain chip company tortures small animals. He swiped all of his technology from someone else and has never come up with his own inventions.