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Tesla Model S Factory Tour in Fremont, CA

Sue and I took a tour of the Tesla Model S factory in Fremont, CA today.  This is the old NUMMI plant.  If you haven't heard the NUMMI story between GM & Toyota, and you're a car buff, there's a This American Life episode about it that's just mind blowing.  The net of it is that GM tried to learn Just In Time assembly practices from Toyota, they built a factory together for Toyota to transfer this know-how to GM, and GM completely blew it.  The factory shut down and was sitting idle after that fiasco.

When Elon Musk was looking for a place to build his new Model S sedan, he approached Toyota with a $50MM bid for it, which Toyota accepted.  Why would Toyota sell a car production plant arguably worth $1 billion or more for $50MM?  For the answer to that, you really have to understand the relationship between Musk and Toyota, which is well portrayed in this 2010 WIRED magazine article.

As a reservation holder for the Model S, I'm proud to support one of the most amazing entrepreneurs of our generation.  What makes Elon even more amazing is that he's not only revolutionizing the automobile industry, but the space industry as well, with SpaceX... at the same time.  Elon, my hat is off to you.

Below are a number of pictures and vidoes of the factory and the event, which was very well done.

[Video] Foundation

On Chasing a New Dream

One of my favorite video series is the Foundation interviews by Kevin Rose (Formerly of Digg.com). I love the video quality and the quality of the interviews. Kevin interviews mainly silicon valley entrepreneurs. He has interviewed people like Elon Musk (Tesla), David Copperfield (Magician), and Tony Hsieh (Zappos.com).

I recommend you visit the foundation.kr site and watch any videos that jump out to you. If you are not sure where to start I recommend these interviews.

I still haven't watched all of the interviews. If one of the interviews really jumps out to me I will add it to the list above.

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