Elon Musk told people how to unlock a bunch of secret Tesla features, and Stephen King is a fan

Elon Musk revealed that Tesla drivers can find a bunch of hidden features by pressing the Tesla logo on their car’s touchscreen. Horror writer Stephen …
  • Elon Musk revealed that Tesla drivers can find a bunch of hidden features by pressing the Tesla logo on their car’s touchscreen.
  • Horror writer Stephen King responded that he enjoyed the “fart app.”
  • Musk thanked King for owning a Tesla.

Elon Musk is well known for being a prolific and sometimes volatile tweeter, but it’s not often one of his tweets garners a response from a best-selling horror writer.

Musk tweeted on Sunday that Tesla owners can access a hidden cache of special features via the Tesla logo on the car’s touchscreen.

Soon afterwards, Stephen King tweeted at Musk for the first time having tried out the Easter Eggs.

It is not entirely clear from King’s tweet exactly how the Tesla fart app works.

Musk was evidently happy to hear from King, responding that it was an “honor” and thanking him for owning a Tesla.

Other famous Tesla owners include Will Smith, Stephen Spielberg, and Jennifer Garner .

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Tesla layoffs add to Elon Musk’s woes

Within the past two weeks, three different companies created by Elon Musk have parted ways with portions of their staff—although the cuts were much …
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Within the past two weeks, three different companies created by Elon Musk have parted ways with portions of their staff—although the cuts were much less severe at one of the billionaire’s offspring.

Last Friday, Musk announced in an email to workers at Tesla that the electric automaker would be laying off about 7% of its staff; the same day, Musk’s The Boring Company tunnel-building startup fired five employees for performance reasons, per Recode, out of about 80 overall workers. Those moves came about a week after space exploration giant SpaceX revealed plans for about 600 layoffs, or 10% of its staff, per Reuters.

The reductions at Tesla come after a 30% employee increase during the past year, per an internal email sent by Musk and obtained by CNBC. Despite now having fewer workers, Musk also wrote that Tesla must increase both the production rate and quality of its Model 3s, saying there “isn’t any other way” to be “a viable company.” The personnel changes at The Boring Company were not part of any cost-cutting move, again according to Recode.

SpaceX recently reached a private valuation of more than $30 billion, making it one of the most valuable VC-backed companies in the US, while Tesla has been publicly traded since 2010. Musk, meanwhile, has reportedly poured more than $100 million of his own cash into The Boring Company.

Together, the three companies demonstrate the stunning depth of their founder’s ambitions, his commitment to achieving them, and the strange (sometimes juvenile, sometimes illegal) ways he will go about attempting to do so. You can probably count on one hand the number of other entrepreneurs who would devote such enormous resources to moonshots like space travel, electric cars and large-scale infrastructure. But it’s difficult to imagine Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos or one of those other billionaire few attempting to fund their goals by selling flamethrowers for the everyman, or becoming entangled in a very expensive brouhaha with the SEC because they were trying to make their pop-star girlfriend laugh at a marijuana joke.

In pure business terms, though, it perhaps makes sense that companies with such unique and far-reaching goals might be more prone than some of their peers to boom-and-bust cycles of hiring and firing. No other company has ever done what Tesla and SpaceX are trying to do, so both businesses are largely building their own road maps. That said: It’s highly unfortunate that some of the detours on those maps include people losing their jobs.

This article represents the author’s views and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of PitchBook.

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Musks space travel company SpaceX dismisses hundreds of employees – view

Bad times for the employees of the aerospace company SpaceX. One out of every Ten to be released. The company of Elon Musk did not want to …

Bad times for the employees of the aerospace company SpaceX. One out of every Ten to be released. The company of Elon Musk did not want to comment on the demand for the number of redundancies. It spoke only of a”leaner” organization, for the need to separate from a part of the workforce.

SpaceX intends to offer starting in 2023 flights to the moon. Also traveling to Mars would like to make a Musk. He also relies on lucrative contracts from the U.S. space Agency, Nasa, the U.S. military and satellite companies. Reusable components are designed to make space travel significantly cheaper.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ‘part ways’ with some of it manpower

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 per cent of the company’s 6,000 plus employees, it said on Friday.

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 per cent of the company’s 6,000 plus employees, it said on Friday. The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations”, a spokesman said in an email, reported Reuters.

In June, 2018, Elon Musk fired at least seven people in the senior management team leading a SpaceX satellite launch project, Reuters reported in November. The sackings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites.

SpaceX’s Starlink program is competing with OneWeb and Canada’s Telesat to be the first to market with a new satellite-based internet service.

The management shakeup involved Musk bringing in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the managers he fired in Seattle.

Last month, SpaceX launched its first US national security space mission, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a US military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that SpaceX was raising $500 million, taking its valuation to $30.5 billion.

The Hawthorne, California-based company had earlier outlined plans for a trip to Mars in 2022, to be followed by a manned mission to the red planet by 2024.

Another Elon Musk company, electric car maker Tesla Inc, said in June it was cutting 9 percent of its workforce by removing several thousand jobs across the company in cost reduction measures.

(Reuters)

Alon Musk’s SpaceX to ‘part ways’ with some of it manpower

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 per cent of the company’s 6,000 plus employees, it said on Friday.

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 per cent of the company’s 6,000 plus employees, it said on Friday. The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations”, a spokesman said in an email, reported Reuters.

In June, 2018, Elon Musk fired at least seven people in the senior management team leading a SpaceX satellite launch project, Reuters reported in November. The sackings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites.

SpaceX’s Starlink program is competing with OneWeb and Canada’s Telesat to be the first to market with a new satellite-based internet service.

The management shakeup involved Musk bringing in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the managers he fired in Seattle.

Last month, SpaceX launched its first US national security space mission, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a US military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that SpaceX was raising $500 million, taking its valuation to $30.5 billion.

The Hawthorne, California-based company had earlier outlined plans for a trip to Mars in 2022, to be followed by a manned mission to the red planet by 2024.

Another Elon Musk company, electric car maker Tesla Inc, said in June it was cutting 9 percent of its workforce by removing several thousand jobs across the company in cost reduction measures.

(Reuters)