Elon Musk says he's cracking under stress of Tesla job

Elon Musk

According to The Verge, Musk said in the YouTube interview that he hoped to scale production at Tesla and lower their design and technology costs enough to be able to offer a truly mass-market electric vehicle.

In the interview, Mr Musk revealed he had sacrificed family milestones in the race to meet Tesla production targets, almost missing his brother's wedding where he was best man. "There were times when I didn't leave the factory for three or four days - days when I didn't go outside", Musk said.

An emotional Elon Musk has revealed the past year has been "excruciating", with the "worst yet to come" in his personal life. "It was excruciating", Musk said in the hour-long interview, in which he reportedly choked up a couple of times.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has acknowledged exhaustion from overwork, as he deals with a reported probe by regulators into a plan divulged on Twitter to take his auto company Tesla private.

Musk told The Times that no one else saw the tweet before he posted it while en route from his house to the airport.

The interview claims Tesla board members are anxious the drug does not help him sleep, but results in him spending all night on Twitter. Another adds that now the SEC has also subpoenaed members of Tesla's board of directors to try and find out if and how much they knew about Musk's plans for the company. He told the Times he hadn't taken off more than a week from work since 2001, when he was bedridden with malaria.

Musk also took a swipe at short-sellers who bet against Tesla's stock value and whom he says are "desperately pushing a narrative that will possibly result in Tesla's destruction".

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"If the board does not get him out of this slot at a minimum on a leave of absence basis, I think the board is going to be seen by a lot of people who love the company as being derelict in their duties", Gordon said Friday. I've had friends come by who are really concerned'. People familiar with the Tesla Board of Directors stated that members were blindsided by Musk's tweet and they had to rush to get a statement out to help calm the storm caused by the unexpected tweet.

"The worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint", Musk told The Times.

For everyone keeping score, Elon's recent troubles - majority of his own making - having included blasting a rescue cave diver as a "pedo guy" on Twitter; dismissing analyst questions during an earnings call as "boneheaded"; and the seemingly ill-thought out privatization tweet, to name a few.

It's clear from the interview that Musk is overworked, and Whiston said the best course may be to bring in another executive to help with day-to-day operations.

Musk responded to speculation that his comment that he wanted to launch the buyout at $420 a share was an oblique reference to cannabis counterculture. "They can have the job", Musk was quoted as saying. Tesla's cars are wildly popular and the world would miss them if the shorts prove right.

"I'm excited to work with Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs as financial advisors, plus Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Munger, Tolles & Olson as legal advisors, on the proposal to take Tesla private", Musk tweeted. Is there someone who can do the job better?

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