Tesla founders Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning on Elon Musk


Contrary to popular belief, Elon Musk did not start Tesla.

He certainly made it his own over the years, investing early on and then overseeing its growth from niche luxury carmaker to mass production, adding on a solar business, and pushing self-driving technologies. However, the tech titan — and now the world’s richest man — was actually Tesla’s 4th CEO when he took that role in October 2008.

The creators and founding executives of Tesla, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, sat down with CNBC to share memories of what it was like to build and deliver the first Tesla Roadster vehicles, what it took to convince the world electric cars could be as enticing as luxury sports cars, and…


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