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Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Jan 5, 2019 - 11:25am PT
monolith

climber
state of being
Jan 5, 2019 - 12:07pm PT
The Ted guy didn't mention how man could prevent the solar winds from stripping the geo-engineered atmosphere away, as it did earlier.
WBraun

climber
Jan 5, 2019 - 12:12pm PT
There are already living entities living on Mars.

St00pid people want to go there by mechanical means.

Earthlings can't live there.

You can go there in your next life (no space ship needed) and enter an appropriate martian material body if you want and continue wasting your time ....

wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jan 5, 2019 - 02:03pm PT
Werner ,could you send me some of that sh#t,man ,it must be good.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2019 - 12:30am PT
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/01/07/tesla-shanghai-factory-ground-breaking.html

“Elon Musk's electric car maker acquired land for a factory on the outskirts of Shanghai for about $140 million in October.
Producing vehicles in China would reduce costs from tariffs and ocean transport for Tesla, as it faces rising competition from local electric automakers.
The Shanghai factory is expected to begin partial production in the second half of this year, according to a government report.”

Way to go, Mr. Musk!

Moose
MikeL

Social climber
Southern Arizona
Jan 7, 2019 - 08:12am PT
Reilly: I dislike Elon and think his company is poorly run. 

In all fairness, I would say it would be very difficult to find a fast-growing company that was well-managed. In the growth state of a market, the objective is: don’t loose share! Keep up, or drive down the production supply curve and beat competitors to lower cost structures.

Some companies in the old world (mainly Texas Instruments) drove down the production curve so significantly that no competitor could come close to their costs (and hence lower prices). Boston Consulting Group established itself by teaching other companies that strategy of driving down cost curves pre-emptively and pricing *ahead of costs*--where costs would be when the product would be made. That's a very gutsy strategy.

When the shakeout starts in any growth industry, the surviving firms will pick up the share the fallen will have left behind. Then the game shifts to efficiencies across the spectrum to the other functions. But in the growth stage, it’s all about production. Ramping-up scale is the strategy that matters.

In an evolutionary sense, most every firm must succumb to industry dynamics (unless one is a monopolist). Industry effects tend to swamp company effects for most firms. The very best CEOs (Gates comes to mind, although many don’t care for him—“The Evil Empire”) have a feel for industry evolutionary dynamics and gear up for the next phase before it emerges. But that’s tough to do because of the apparent urgency in the current phase of an industry’s evolution. Few CEOs or GMs can extract themselves from day-to-day operations to focus on and prepare for the long-run. As one popular academic put it: “Every entrepreneur must learn to work on the business rather than in it.” That tends to mean subordinating product development to organization development.

Try telling that to an entrepreneur who believes that if it weren’t for him, success would have been impossible. Indeed, often that is exactly the case; but it doesn’t change industry requirements. Like the rest of us plebes, we need to be self-reflective and develop ourselves to move ahead.

I’m attaching another image that may be able to shine some light on industry dynamics and growth. Please note that the slide presents a highly idealized model / curve. An industry’s S-curve can be elongated horizontally, compressed horizontally, and can exhibit repeated instantiations upward with rapid new technology introductions—as one might see in the semi-conductor equipment manufacturing industry. Rarely did a winner from a previous technological revolution win in the next round: too much to learn (and unlearn if one is an incumbent).

Credit: MikeL
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jan 7, 2019 - 04:39pm PT
As seen on SpaceX's walkway to the Dragon spacecraft.

Credit: the Fet
tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Jan 9, 2019 - 07:09am PT
https://electrek.co/2019/01/09/tesla-model-3-best-selling-premium-vehicle-us/
140,000
Elon built a car that sold more than any other premium vehicle in the USA, suv included. Very close in numbers to the corollas and civics and once they produce the comparable trim... well...I’ll post the numbers.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2019 - 02:26am PT
Another good move.

https://amp.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-could-try-deal-with-china-analyst-says-2019-1

"In the midst of a US-China trade war that compelled Tesla to lower prices on vehicles it makes in the US and sells in the Middle Kingdom, Musk could stand to cut some deals - especially, as Jonas noted, if Musk wants to sell a lot of Model 3 vehicles in the country.

In fact, he already has cut one good deal. The Shanghai Gigafactory will be the first Western plant in China that isn't the product of a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer. So if Musk is angling for an open-ended tariff break, regardless of what the Trump administration does, then he might have realized that Tesla is better off going it alone."

Moose
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 11, 2019 - 07:42am PT
Credit: Reilly

When yer on a mission from God you can park any damn way you like!
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Jan 11, 2019 - 09:07am PT
You think that's bad parking? I've seen a pickup truck take 4 spaces.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Jan 11, 2019 - 11:50am PT
Tooth where do you get your #'s?

Tesla Model 3 sales 145,846 U.S. & Canada 2018

Corolla U.S. only 303,732.
tooth

Trad climber
B.C.
Jan 14, 2019 - 06:57pm PT
Frummy it looks like your numbers are the same as mine. But you may have been confused by assuming a corolla was a premium vehicle. Which it isn't. If you look at month to month sales numbers, the 3 is getting close to outselling the cheap cars by the end of the year too - once production had half ramped up. As I said, once they sell the no frills trim on the 3 - we can start to compare the numbers with the corollas and civics which sell in that price range. Sorry I didn't spell it out clearer at first.

145,000 US and Canada = 140 us and 5 Canada.





For example - in Dec 2018 Model3 sold 25,250. Corolla sold 23,793. Just a single month, not the entire year. Don't get confused on that either.Also, this is just cars. Don't confuse yourself by comparing to truck numbers like the F-150.
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2019 - 08:22am PT
https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/1/18/18188015/tesla-cutting-7-percent-of-workforce-elon-musk

"Tesla is cutting seven percent of its full-time employee headcount, Elon Musk announced in a company-wide email. The layoffs are expected to affect around 3,000 employees, based on Tesla’s estimated workforce of 45,000 people.

In addition to the cuts, which come after the company’s headcount increased by 30 percent last year, Musk also announced that the company would be retaining, “only the most critical temps and contractors.” The move comes just a day after Tesla said it would be ending its customer referral program in an effort to cut costs.

In a blog post, Musk describes the “most challenging” year in Tesla’s history in which it launched the Model 3, the company’s first mass-market vehicle. Production of the car was beset by difficulties which limited the amount that Tesla could produce and the economies of scale it could achieve.

“Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months,” said the Tesla CEO."

Moosenews
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 18, 2019 - 08:25am PT
TSLA -9%
They’ve also ended their free supercharging program and referral system.
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Jan 18, 2019 - 10:10am PT
Pretty funny how Musk is so polarizing and the company is so heavily scrutinized, they make the best cars in the US.

If you mean funny 'odd', I would say not really. Musk is an outrageous celebrity CEO. He is also a d#@&%ebag with a cult following.

If you are the first new car company in the US for, what?, 70+ years, that in itself will get scrutiny. Add in that Tesla is a leading technology firm in the relatively new market for electric sport cars... A perfect storm.

I hope Tesla survives the storm. As far as Musk is concerned, I'm like whatever, dude.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 18, 2019 - 11:36am PT
TSLA now down 13% and headed further south!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2019 - 02:22pm PT
I guess Elon didn’t figure anybody in Seattle would buy a Model 3, huh?



BwaHaHaHa! DOOD!
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2019 - 04:05pm PT
Nothing you can't fix with some caulk, Reilly.

Hehe

Moose
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Karkoekstan, Former USSR
Jan 19, 2019 - 10:04pm PT
TESLA is like a climber on El cap . The belayer was hit by a rock half way up on the nose and leader is out 57 meter with grigri locked at the belay. no backup rope/no jumar no aider no nothing.

it is nice sunny afternoon during the month November and storm is about to visit Yosemite.
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