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Elon Musk may be a pain, but that doesn’t mean his ideas are crazy | John Naughton


Could Tesla owners a day farm their automobiles as self-driving taxis?

You don’t even have to be a psychologist to wonder if Elon Musk, the creator of Tesla, is off his rocker. I would like to say, the number of leaders of US public companies get into trouble together with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for falsely claiming they have secured funding to take their company private at $420 an talk — then get sued and fined $40m? Or will you imagine yet another CEO who deals with Wall Street analysts by swatting away questions about his business ’s funding requirements as though they were flies. “Excuse me. Next. Next,” he answered to a single guy who had been pressing him on the subject. “Boring, bonehead questions aren’t cool. Next? ”

The view from Wall Street is that Musk is too volatile to be in control of a big and potentially significant public firm. The charitable view is less judgemental: it is that, while he might have a brief fuse, he’s also a talented, visionary disrupter. But even those who take this tolerant view were taken aback when he declared at a recent public event he could see “just a million robo-taxis on the streets by 2020”.

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