1. One big difference with Tesla was that Tesla targeted solely the super-rich (at first), whereas he targeted the masses. Compare with the fantastic success of Facebook (which was restricted only to Harvard and a few other colleges) vs Orkut (which opened its doors to poor people in Brazil and India). Bottom-of-the-pyramid ain't happening.
2. Any kind of growth seems to involve shit like this: "Canceling the billing-system contract alone—Agassi had purchased the software from Amdocs, which primarily serves large telcos with millions of customers—would cost the company $80 million." -- it's the exact same shit with MNC's setting up shops in India. Rs. 1 lakh working tables, Rs. 50,000 per computer, Rs. 80,000 per month per security guard (paid to the agency -- the poor guard gets barely a fifth of that)
3. All this happened during the global recession. Wow. Mad money is mad.
4. I am amazed that even such a colorful personality at this guy just failed to think about the one thing that boggles my mind: why the hell don't cars look nicer? Fuck all the tech behind Tesla -- I'd wager that it was the Lotus body and the flush-retractable car handles that won a lot of people over. Why the hell don't other car manufacturers even try to make their cars look better? Why not make a ripoff of Lambos, Ferraris and Bugattis? It's the simplest thing they could do!