Why Tesla is Like a Model T Ford

Although they are separated by a century, the Model T Ford and Tesla are rather similar when we look at their leadership and production.

Why NASA Needed SpaceX

Just like the U.S. Postal Service needed private sector planes when they created airmail, so too did NASA need SpaceX rockets.

The Downside of Vegan Leather

With meat demand going up and leather demand going down, the cowhide industry has a devastating supply and a demand problem.

Why Tesla's Totally Illogical Strategy Might Work

Our Wednesday environment focus Elon Musk just flipped entrepreneurial logic upside down. Rather than building a patent moat around his technology, he announced it would be available to anyone using it “in good faith.” That means Tesla’s 203 patents will be accessible to all…

Why Should Tesla Stay in New Jersey?

At my local New Jersey shopping mall, there is a Tesla store… I think. It might have closed. During the 1920s, the auto industry and local governments agreed that the way to sell a car was through a network of…

Tradeoffs: Tesla Cost and Benefit

Electric carmaker Tesla just announced its first profitable quarter. I also learned it was able to add $40.5 million to its bottom line for selling pollution credits to other auto makers. States like California have a zero emission requirement for…

A Federal Subsidy: The Tesla Test

The trip in the  $101,000 Tesla Model S along part of the East Coast was supposed to be uneventful. With 2 ultra fast charging stations in Newark, Delaware and Wilton Connecticut, the power was available. For the 1/2 ton lithium…