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Published on August 13th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan


Fake (But Real) Elon Musk Messages To TSLA Shorts & Longs

August 13th, 2018 by  

There’s a common pattern that follows announcements from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. A commenter on one of our recent articles summed it up well: “If this is a poker game, it’s a strange one. Elon Musk keeps showing his hand. Yet the shorts keep calling his bluff.”

I decided to turn that explanation into a short, fun article — it’s Sunday after all! Piggybacking on that comment, it seems this is one way to summarize the past several years:

Tesla bear: “You’re bluffing!”

Elon Musk: “Nope.”

Tesla bear: “You’re bluffing!”

Elon Musk: “Nope.”

Tesla bear: “You’re bluffing!”

Elon Musk: “Nope.”

Tesla bear: “You’re bluffing!”

Elon Musk: “Still nope.”

Yes, Elon sometimes misses targets. Technically, we say that’s due to his clocks being turned to “Tesla time” or “Elon Time.” However, in the end, Tesla executes — often better than expected.

Aside from the repetitive responses to Tesla [TSLA] shorts, the message to TSLA longs has been evident for years and is actually captured superbly in this Arcade Fire song that I stumbled across while drafting the brief article above:

You have to love this line in particular: “When Silicon Valley’s melted back into silicon, we’ll find a way to survive.” 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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