Elon Musk Essays


Is Elon Musk right in saying most academic papers are useless?

When elon musk opined that most academic papers are useless, it was in the context of their usefulness to others rather than the writers themselves. While it is likely true that the tens of millions of academic papers that are written each year are completely read only once (if at all), it is also true Continue Reading... Continue Reading...

Business News from Around the World

as it officially "drops 'Motors' from its name." The article describes how Tesla CEO elon musk wants "to transform the Silicon Valley firm from an electric car maker to a diversified energy products company" (Reuters, 2017). While the article does not critically assess either this move or the company's financial durability, one could point out that the company bears some resemblance to another Energy giant that transformed itself on the outside only so as to deceive shareholders while it engaged in a variety of Ponzi schemes -- Enron. In order to be more relevant and hard-hitting, the article could… Continue Reading...

Artificial Intelligence and Futurism Transhumanism

their base instincts for fight, flight, and dominance. If Stephen Hawking, elon musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak all "expressed their concerns about where the technology was heading," with Professor Hawking harboring an especially "apocalyptic vision of a world where robots decide they don't need us any more," then it could be that humanity and non-human species will both be better off (Cellan-Jones 1). After all, could human beings get any worse than they already are? The film WALL-E, for instance, shows how humanity on its current self-destructive trajectory has completely eradicated life on earth and it actually took… Continue Reading...

Apple

to return to its innovative roots and embrace a more visionary approach, similar to that which elon musk has brought with Tesla. With the price elasticity of demand impacting sales (and with a rehash of old products under new names impacting them as well), and with the market beginning to turn, Apple faces both consider headwinds and tailwinds and must either consider expanding into other markets ala Amazon or begin touting the next phase of evolutionary technology ala Musk with grand visions to stir up the market and keep buyers wanting to buy into the club. Short of another… Continue Reading...

Cause and Effect Essay Example: Climate Change & Hurricanes

casting blame.  It is popular among the PC-generation to abhor the politics of oil and give thumbs up to elon musk and the electric car.  The same generation seems to forget that most electricity is not produced by “green” methods.  In other words, they are participating in the contamination and pollution of the planet by driving their electric cars just as much as someone who drives a non-hybrid pick-up truck is doing—if not more. Who are the Biggest Polluters? Yet, that’s not even the kicker.  The fact of the matter is that Big Oil is not even really to… Continue Reading...

Tesla Organizational Communications

movement in the modern world. Guided by the vision of the CEO, elon musk, Tesla began its car business by provided luxury brand vehicles under two models, the Tesla Model X and the Tesla Model S. Recently, the company has been working on mass production of a lower-priced brand, the Tesla Model 3, for consumers not in the market for luxury vehicles. Tesla’s mission statement is: “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible” (Tesla, 2013). At the core of its business is the concept of providing… Continue Reading...

Should We Get a Basic Income

money people have, the more likely they are to spend, right? That is why CEOs like elon musk and Mark Zuckerberg support the concept of basic income—it is populist and it puts more money in the pockets of people who will then likely spend it frivolously (perhaps not on electric cars or ad space from Facebook, but the idea is that they will stimulate the economy and help grow a country’s GDP) (Schiller, 2017). The problem with this is that it makes a number of assumptions about the consuming habits of people—habits that are based on past consuming habits… Continue Reading...

Tesla Stock Analysis and Recommendation

on the market: investors are bearish on Tesla, as the CEO elon musk has turned it into a cult stock with an unjustifiable P/E and a lot more empty promises at his back than actual delivery. While TSLA has made enough in revenues to make it to the Fortune 500, the company has still yet to make an actual profit. The real story of Tesla is what the company does not say: Tesla is behind on Model 3 production; Tesla’s cash burn may be a huge problem; Tesla’s autopilot has been suspected in the death of driver; Tesla may… Continue Reading...

Tesla's Terrible Pricing Strategy

niche player with debts that it cannot repay. Price and Value Communication Strategies Tesla’s CEO elon musk is a strong believer in the powerful use of social media as a communication strategy. Indeed, Musk has won a strong following for his company by teasing previews of what the company is going to bring to market sooner or later. Musk has made a lot of promises but so far Tesla has not delivered on its most important one—the $35,000 Model 3. Musk needs to get production costs down so that the company can get this model in the hands of consumers now.… Continue Reading...

Tesla and the Porter Forces

Project Deliverable 2: Innovation and Competitive Analysis The CEO of Tesla, elon musk, has faced significant pressure from both the public and the investing world to deliver on promises of meeting production deadlines on the Model 3. The Model 3 is meant to be the electronic vehicle (EV) for the middle class—a comfortable, suave, sophisticated and technologically advanced EV that is a step and class above the types of EVs produced by other car manufacturers—like the Volt, which has none of the sheen and sophistication that Musk has vowed to bring to the green… Continue Reading...

Tesla's Innovation Strategy

Exploiting Innovation elon musk's companies rely heavily on innovation for their success. They take industries that are struggling to evolve, such as electric cars and space travel, and seek to enter those businesses with innovative strategies to bring fresh products to market. Because of this, these companies have significant competitive advantages. Tesla has introduced several major innovations that are transforming the automotive industry. At a high level, Musk overpromises, but supports this with a desire to innovate using unconventional methodologies. He will set out an impossible task, then challenge… Continue Reading...

Tesla's Problematic Pricing Strategy

3 to market. It is meant to be a base model EV priced at $35,000 and CEO elon musk has even recently stated that Tesla will offer a $25,000 within 3 years. The problem here is that at these prices, Tesla would be losing money. The manufacturing costs are too high and the margins virtually non-existent—which is why no Model 3’s are currently being sold at their base price of $35,000. Tesla cannot afford right now to lose money on sales. Differentiating between incremental and avoidable costs. Incremental costs occur for Tesla when it seeks to expand operations in… Continue Reading...

Why Elon Musk Must Go

reliant on robotics, which were envisioned by Tesla CEO elon musk as being the future of auto manufacturing. Musk recently admitted that this overreliance on robotics was an error (Matousek, 2018). Comparison to Successful Subsystem In comparison to one subsystem at a successful and profitable car company such as Ford, Tesla’s manufacturing subsystem is sub-par. The production line at Tesla needs to be overhauled: the robotics must be replaced with skilled laborers who assemble by hand the more intricate aspects of the assembly line. Ford pioneered the modern day assembly line but not to the total exclusion of human… Continue Reading...

A Biblical Worldview in Finance

let friends go to jail, which is why Hillary and many others have avoided prosecution and why elon musk only received a slap on the hand for his blatant market manipulation earlier this year in an attempt to “burn the shorts.” Musk was fined $20 million dollars by the SEC, a pittance to him, while Stewart served jail time (for it is a crime punishable with up to 20 years in prison). Ps. 62:9-10 applies to insider trading especially as it refers to people taking pride in their ability to act on secret information and their ability to have… Continue Reading...