Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th May 2018 15:38 UTC
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Here's the dynamic that explains Musk's Twitter outburst: Tesla is clearly struggling to reach production levels that will justify its valuation. Musk has no facts with which to counter the media reports, and it is illegal for him to lie about these numbers. (Hype is one thing; lying to investors is another.) His Orwellian solution is to convince Tesla fans that what they are reading is not true. The stakes are high. Tesla's $1 billion-per-quarter burn rate makes it very likely that the company will need to raise a couple billion dollars in the fourth quarter of this year.

Musk literally cannot afford for investors to believe a negative storyline. Only his optimistic, visionary narrative will convince potential investors that Tesla is a good bet, rather than a bubble preparing to pop.

Nothing is more dangerous than criticizing Elon Musk, but the cold and harsh facts laid out in this article are very difficult to argue with, other than appealing to some vague sense of Musk wanting to help the planet or whatever, as if that negates Tesla rapidly running out of money and never meeting expectations or failing to keep its promises. We should all want Tesla to succeed, but the recent outbursts from Musk do not bode well for the future of the company.

Twitter randos who could never afford a Tesla might be easily swayed by Musk's Trumpian "boohoo the press hates me" nonsense, but the kinds of billion dollar investors Tesla needs will see right through it.

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by leos on Wed 30th May 2018 18:37 UTC
leos
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2005-09-21

I can't assess the validity of Elon's attacks on the media, but the idea that there isn't an insane short interest in Tesla that is fueling a lot of the media attention is incredibly naive. This article is massively one sided.

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RE: Please
by dukes on Wed 30th May 2018 21:02 in reply to "Please"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't assess the validity of Elon's attacks on the media, but the idea that there isn't an insane short interest in Tesla that is fueling a lot of the media attention is incredibly naive. This article is massively one sided.


If the financial fundamentals of Tesla's balance sheet changes for the better then that short interest will dwindle.

Can't fight cold hard numbers. If the company hasn't imploded now under debt, then at some point in the near future it will. Unless of course they raise capital.

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RE[2]: Please
by leos on Wed 30th May 2018 23:05 in reply to "RE: Please"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

If the financial fundamentals of Tesla's balance sheet changes for the better then that short interest will dwindle.

Can't fight cold hard numbers. If the company hasn't imploded now under debt, then at some point in the near future it will. Unless of course they raise capital.


Sure, but they have raised capital many times so far. Company says they won't need to, but even if they do, there is no indication that they won't be able to.

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