Tag: Elon Musk

When Incumbents Try To Disrupt an Industry

When Incumbents Try To Disrupt an Industry

VW CEO Herbert Diess will step down. This news is hardly a surprise as legacy Auto OEMs struggle to transition to the EV world. The transition to EVs is difficult for legacy Auto OEMs from a financial, cultural and operational execution standpoint. Tesla (ticker: TSLA), capitalized on the first mover advantage to capture the market-leading … Continue reading When Incumbents Try To Disrupt an Industry

Twitter Is Lying Through Its Teeth

Twitter Is Lying Through Its Teeth

Twitter (TWTR), is not willing to be more forthcoming in its M&A due diligence process with Elon Musk because the company knows it has a Bot problem. Twitter knows that a 20-40% Bot problem will result in a similar haircut by Mr. Musk to the deal's total purchase consideration. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is spinning … Continue reading Twitter Is Lying Through Its Teeth

Twitter Made Its Own Bed

Twitter Made Its Own Bed

Years of weak management and weak corporate governance are the reasons why Twitter is in the mess it is in. Twitter has been social media's weak sibling since its inception, trailing some combination of Facebook/Instagram and TikTok for over a decade. The fact that Twitter is in the position it is in is hardly a … Continue reading Twitter Made Its Own Bed

Cult of CEO Personality

Cult of CEO Personality

A CEO's personality offers insights into how that CEO leads his/her company. For example, NLP techniques applied to earnings call transcripts uncover CEO personality attributes that speak to a propensity for undertaking unnecessary risk. For example, Tesla CEO Elon Musk scores low in a couple of key areas (analysis HERE), such that his "outside the … Continue reading Cult of CEO Personality

Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (not a founder as he claims) admitted he does not enjoy being CEO today in the SolarCity trial. The Teflon will eventually wear off of pied piper Elon Musk. Mr. Musk was accused of fraud by the SEC in 2018 and was subsequently in violation of his SEC settlement. Mr. Musk … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

Instagram, Stagflation, EVs and More Cyberattacks

Instagram, Stagflation, EVs and More Cyberattacks

Instagram is on to APIs. Biden's budget implies stagflation. EV poster child Elon Musk will benefit from Biden's spending plan beginning in 2023. Ransomware attacks continue to expose the fragility of our legacy technology systems. Last month we wrote about API strategy. Instagram (tkr: FB), recently opened its platform via APIs to enable Instagram messages … Continue reading Instagram, Stagflation, EVs and More Cyberattacks