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[$$] Lessons From Tesla (the Man, Not the Car)

A hundred years before Elon Musk sent a Tesla car into outer space and then took the electric-vehicle company and its stock on a roller-coaster ride, that name was made famous for a time by another larger-than-life tech visionary—Nikola Tesla himself, arguably his era’s greatest inventor and most ill-fated entrepreneur. The original Tesla was in some ways a strange choice to be a namesake for a company looking to overcome obstacles and achieve groundbreaking business success. True, he pioneered many of technologies that still power and light the world (alternating current, the electric induction motor, fluorescent and neon bulbs), and he was awarded more than 300 patents.