Past Tesletter articles
Our friends from TOSV together with Ryan from The Kilowatts and Eli from My Tesla Adventure had the amazing opportunity of sitting down with Elon for four hours and set the record straight in the early days of Tesla. This is part 1 of the interview.From issue #219
Here is part 2 of the interview that John (who would text me if I don’t mention his name here), Kelvin, Ryan, and Eli, did with Elon. This part of the interview is a bit less about Tesla and more about Elon, but we thought you would like it.From issue #220
Live streaming of the event, which took place last December 1st in Berlin, and another great interview with Elon Musk. He answers questions about going to Mars, fully autonomous cars, the role of AI in society, why Berlin to build the first Gigafactory in Europe, and even some personal questions like why techno music is important to him.From issue #140
The folks at Third Row Tesla Podcast had the chance to interview Elon Musk in person a couple of weeks ago. As you may or may not know, we normally don’t include articles about Elon’s personal life in this newsletter but in this case, we’re making an exception. If like us, you’re passionate about Tesla, I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to Elon Musk sharing his story and why he put everything on the like to build SpaceX and Tesla.
If you have been a subscriber for a while, you sure by now know who Andrej Karpathy is, but in case you don’t, Andrej has been really important to the evolution of Autopilot, Full Self-Driving, and the entire area of AI at Tesla. He’s worked there for five years and directed the Autopilot team at first and the AI team more recently.
I’ve been a Tesla owner for almost five years now, and I’ve been able to experience firsthand how much better Autopilot has become through the years. Five years ago my car didn’t even use all the cameras for Autopilot and had trouble even staying in its lane. While this has not all been Andrej, he has been a core contributor to the team and enabled a lot of brilliant minds to shine under his leadership.
I certainly will miss Andrej at Tesla and seeing his awesome presentations, the Tesla Autopilot team is amazing and Andrej is too.
Thank you for everything that you have given to the Tesla community, we wish you the best in your future endeavors Andrej!
💚 Ignacio and VanessaFrom issue #225
Tesla is building a new video game, software, and user interface team out of Austin. Electrek has found several job listings unrelated to the factory showing that Tesla is building a new software team around video games and user interface in Austin. If you’re in this space and would like to work for Tesla, this may be your opportunity to do so!From issue #127
Ryan McCaffrey, from the podcast Ride The Lightning, had the opportunity to interview Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen. This is rare since Franz doesn’t normally give many interviews and Ryan did a great job at interviewing him (you can tell his full-time job is interviewing people). Listen to it if you haven’t done it yet!#82
In the video, we can see Franz von Holzhausen approached by a person who shows him a design while he replies ‘who did this?’. It is known that Tesla wants to design at least one car in each new factory (at least in Giga Shanghai and in Giga Berlin) and, of course, they need to recruit the best talent to achieve this. Is this going to be the team designing the new $25k Tesla?From issue #159
JB Straubel is part of the founding team at Tesla and until last week he was the CTO of the company. JB and Elon meet in 2003 and joined Tesla after Elon invested in their series A. As Elon mentioned in the presentation of the quarter, “If we hadn’t had lunch in 2003, Tesla wouldn’t exist, basically”. JB is transitioning from being an executive to an advisory role, and honestly, no one can’t blame him for wanting a change after 15 years at the same company (and the company seems in good hands).
From Tesletter, we just wanted to thank JB - maybe someone can foward this to him? - for all his hard work and dedication, as Tesla owners and shareholders we love your work. From the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU!#70
Mostly a rehash of stuff from the last talk he gave in February, but there’s some new details about speed limit signs that starts at 11:00 and also some impressive demos of the birds-eye view predictor handling complex intersections and lane lines at 19:45.
See more: YouTubeFrom issue #117