Musk was responding to a string of tweets by @enn_nafnlaus, where the user claimed it was a lie that Martin Eberhard founded Tesla or that ‘Elon Musk stole from him’.
Musk also called the information on Wikipedia about Eberhard’s role “sketchy” and claimed it glorified his role.
There are sketchy edits to the Tesla wiki that whitewash Eberhard’s issues / glorify his role. Pretty weird. I was Interim CEO / Co-CEO since July 2007. Michael Marks was Co-CEO for ~ Q4 2007 and Ze’ev Drori for Q1 to ~ Q3 2008. After the 2008 Q3 fundraising round, no no choice but to be CEO.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 11, 2020
Tesla’s Wikipedia entry currently states that the company was founded by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. The free encyclopedia states that Elon Musk, Ian Wright and JB Straubel have joined as the next three employees and have then were allowed to nominate themselves as co-founders. as part of the 2009 trial settlement.
Reference is also made on Tesla’s Wikipedia page to a 2009 CNET article about the lawsuit Eberhard filed, alleging that Musk sought to rewrite Tesla’s history after he was ousted from his CEO position in 2007.
A deal emerged after the lawsuit in which the automaker accepted that there were five founders of Tesla, according to CNET.
Why is this important: Musk called Eberhard “literally the worst person I’ve ever worked with” in a podcast discussing the early days of Tesla’s history in February.
In response, Eberhard said Musk’s statements during the podcast violated a non-bashing agreement.
“This podcast, along with Musk’s recent attacks on me on Twitter, are outright violations of his mutual non-bashing agreements with Tesla with me.”
Musk also criticized Wikipedia and said in August, “History is written by the victors… except on Wikipedia haha.”
He then “begged” his Twitter followers to throw him on Wikipedia, which forced his page to be locked due to “inbound vandalism.”
Price action: Tesla stock closed nearly 1.9% higher at $ 433.95 on Friday and gained 0.12% in the after-hours session.
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