The Tesla CEO surprised the tech and automative worlds on Tuesday when he tweeted that he’s “considering” taking the electric car company private — and that he has funding for his plan already secured.
Elon Musk (@elonmusk), the CEO of Tesla, is known for his wild Twitter comments and storms of long debates on the social platform. While many CEOs would segment themselves from the masses on social media, Elon seems to feed on the attention and reactions from his followers and non-followers alike. What should we expect from this latest prophesy?
First, it is important to understand that Elon is quite a talker. If you have not already, take a moment and visit his Twitter profile and see how active it truly is. I am not going to say that his comments are any less indicative of truth merely because he makes so many. It seems that Elon is quite tired of the negative press that he continually receives and how that impacts his business.
The second point I think we should understand is how important Elon’s work is to his own understanding. He is quite the visionary, and I believe someone very close in nature to Richard Branson, another eccentric visionary of our time. If one believes that the work they are doing is capable of changing the world, they might be inclined to make rash decisions that they believe could steer their company in the right direction.
Time will tell what happens with Tesla, but I can only imagine that this company will be around for quite some time regardless of whether it is taken private or continues to trade on the public market. I think the real question here is not whether Elon is a gas bag, or if Tesla can survive if taken private. The real question for me is why so many people are choosing to attack people like Elon Musk who are providing some amazing technology for our time.
I am not a fan of berating and attacking successful people because of their success. That is what I truly believe is happening at this time. Sure, a CEO should be professional and probably be more careful with their social commenting, but I also believe that it would be better if more CEOs were less disconnected and more open to the public. There are pros and cons of both scenarios. Bottom line, Elon Musk is currently the CEO, and it is up to him how we will conduct business until such time as he is no longer the CEO.