Submitted by JZ13 on Tue, 2013-09-24 16:59
My buddy Werle (P85 owner and TSLA shareholder) is as drunk with the Tesla kool-aid as we all are but he is also infatuated with all things Elon. A friend of his runs Kimbal Musk's charity The Kitchen Community. They do great work and I encourage you all to google it. Anyway, they held a very exclusive (only 100 invited guests) fundraiser at SpaceX last week and Werle's friend got him an invite. Being friends with the event coordinator pays off as he was offered access to a private pre-event tour of SpaceX by none other than Elon Musk. So after arriving at the SpaceX complex Werle is escorted to Elon's office. Elon is having friendly Q&A with James Cameron and his wife along with Laird Hamilton and Laird's family. Elon sees Werle (who is as big of a nobody as the rest of us) and waves him in and includes him in the conversation. They all chatted for about 15 minutes and then a SpaceX employee took them into the shop and started to give a tour of the rockets while Elon stayed behind in his office.
Now here's where the story gets really good. Since a private SpaceX tour with celebrities is less interesting than hanging with Elon, Werle ditches the tour. He tells the security guard that he has to meet a friend out front who is joining the tour. (a small white lie) Werle re-enters the SpaceX offices and heads straight to Elon's office. Werle apologizes but just wants to shake Elon's hand and thank him for all he is doing to make the world a better place. He goes on to explain he is a shareholder, P85 owner, blah blah blah and what a HUGE fan he is of Elon's work. From that point on he started asking questions about Tesla, SpaceX, space travel, etc. This went on for an additional 30 MINUTES!!!!! Elon could not have been any more gracious and friendly and gave NO indication that he was too busy to chat or that he had more important things to tend to (like being CEO of 2 budding companies, chairman of another, father of 5 and project manager for autopilot cars.) I asked Werle why he got so much face time and he is only guessing its because he knew so much about Elon's work. Like many of us, he spends hours each week reading every article and watching every video. Werle knew every public fact and asked the right questions to keep Elon interested.
They talked about the price of the stock (Elon gave nothing away). But the most important news that came from the discussion was the topic of future battery supply. This is no longer an issue Elon told Werle. Elon said that both Samsung and LG are "stepping up". Meaning they want Tesla's business and are competing to get it. There is enough capacity to supply future Tesla's. We can all breathe easier now on this issue. Elon went on to say that any supply issues would be from a 1% supplier but he mentioned nothing specifically. Then Elon joined Werle as they reunited with the tour with the Cameron and Hamilton families. From there the charity event was a huge success for a great cause.