Named after the visionary inventor portrayed by David Bowie in what is widely considered the best magician movie of 2006, founded by a man who inspired Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man’, and now lucky #13 on Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list (along with #47 Knewton!), Tesla Motors is Silicon Valley meets Henry Ford meets ‘Back to the Future.’ (Just look at the doors on the Model X – I wouldn’t be surprised to find a Flux Capacitor inside.)
Two years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of driving a Tesla Roadster around a New York City block, twice. Pressing the accelerator can only be compared to watching the stars turn into starlines after Han and Chewie get the Millennium Falcon to jump into hyperspace. Mr. Musk and company are unabashedly swinging for the fences with Tesla Motors – but you know you’re onto something when the inventor of the internal combustion engine, Daimler, invests in your electric vehicle company. When I’m driving my Tesla Roadster on the SolarCity-powered Space-X Mars colony in 2050, I’ll be thinking of you, Mr. Musk.