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Tesla Biography

I am currently reading a biography of Nikola Tesla and ran across this passage:

"[W]hat counts . . . is that inventors like Tesla come to believe in their ideas so strongly that they are willing to rearrange their external world in order to make their ideas into reality. In imposing their ideas on the world, inventors create the revolutionary technology that unleashes the creative destruction of capitalism."

:-)

Sound familiar?

Very! Elon has said that he draws great inspiration from Nikola Tesla. Obviously he named the company after him but i would not be surprised if he read this same book and saw a bit of himself in the words on the page.

I would love to hear more about why Elon named the company Tesla. Telsa battled Edison for much of his life and they were opposites in many ways: Edison was a trial-and-error sort of inventor (and a bit of a jerk) whereas Tesla was more of a visionary. I am not surprised Elon found great inspiration in Tesla. Not this particular book, though, that was published earlier this year, but from other biographies and the man himself.

I do not remember if it was the recent D11 interview or the share holder meeting in May but one of those someone asked him who inspires him and he said something like "Edison, Tesla 'Obviously, I mean I named the company after him right' " and that is me paraphrasing it but he did comment that Nikola seemed to mirror his own passions more then Edison did enough that he felt the need to name his company after him.

I think the reason he was inspired by Tesla more (and this is just my opinion) is that like Elon Tesla was big on sustainable energy, in fact Tesla wanted to construct a huge Tesla Coil that would power an entire city for free via some kind of weird transmission of electricity via air with a small receptor to harness the power.

He went as far as to built a prototype of one such tower but Edison and others claimed that it could be used as a weapon and in fact there was an incident near this time where an entire area was decimated. It was not clear if the Tesla Coil tower caused this in a desperate attempt by Nikola to draw attention or not but one thing was for sure he destroyed the tower soon after this incident and slipped silently into history.

So drawing a parallel to Elon, Elon believes that Electric cars are so much the way of the future he built his own modern day equivalent of the Tesla free energy device (supercharger).

Well that's my view anyway sounds a bit crazy I know but there are alot values Tesla and Musk share so i find it not hard to see why he was a inspiration.

I thought that it was Martin Eberhard (co-founder and former CEO) who named the company Tesla.

Mike C maybe it was but Elon takes credit for it in one of the two interviews (I think D11) so if Martin named it then Elon is taking credit.

@ajamison | JUNE 13, 2013: He went as far as to built a prototype of one such tower but Edison and others claimed that it could be used as a weapon and in fact there was an incident near this time where an entire area was decimated. It was not clear if the Tesla Coil tower caused this in a desperate attempt by Nikola to draw attention or not but one thing was for sure he destroyed the tower soon after this incident and slipped silently into history.

Your account as to what happened is quite distorted. Please read about the Wardenclyffe Tower by doing a Google search (or see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardenclyffe_Tower).

@ajamison

hard to tell, probably they both where happy with it. Fact is that in the beginning Elon was only know as the guy with the money and Martin Eberhard was the face of the company. Including the same goals Tesla still has.

Alex K thanks for pointing that out I did get facts mixed up. It had been a while since i had read anything about it so thank you for that.

"...inventors like Tesla come to believe in their ideas so strongly that they are willing to rearrange their external world in order to make their ideas into reality."

This reminds me of how Steve Jobs was said to have a "reality distortion field". By that, I think they meant that if the world was not to his liking, he would bend it to your will.


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