🍪 Tesla's secret team
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In the oven this week:
🚗 Tesla’s stealth operation
🗳️ Poll of the week: How’s your range?
🍪 Cookie crumbs: 6 bite-sized headlines
💬 Tweet of the week: looking dumb pays off
🍫 Chocolate chips: 3 of our favorite finds
😂 Snickerdoodles: Thursday memes
TESLA’S STEALTH OPERATION
Is it breezy outside? Cause Tesla’s sure lookin’ shady these days.
A few months back, they were caught covering up thousands of customer complaints about their autopilot malfunctioning and causing crashes.
But it looks like they never learned their lesson, because now they’ve got another cover up blowing up.
You know the ol’ Alby Einstein saying, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?”
Well, Tesla’s Exhibit A.
Here’s what happened.
Over the summer, Tesla created a secret team of employees called the "Diversion Team."
Not gonna lie, it sounded kinda cool... Ocean’s 11 anyone??
No? Just us?
They were even based out of Vegas.
Cancel as many range-related service appointments as possible.
Back up. Why?
Apparently, tons of Tesla customers have been complaining about how their cars aren't actually getting the advertised amount of range shown.
It turns out, Tesla has been rigging their range-estimating software to display a "rosy" mileage projection on the car dashboard for the distance it could travel on a full battery.
You know, like how 5’10” turns into a rosy 6’ at the club.
Same same, but different.
Apparently, Tesla’s range is actually 20-50% lower than what’s advertised, depending on the model.
In comes the Diversion Team.
They hit ya with two texts.
First: “remote diagnostics” has determined your battery is fine, and then: “We would like to cancel your visit.”
They’re canceling hundreds of cases a week, which saves Tesla $1K for every canceled appointment.
It looks like this is a broader issue, since EVs fall 12.5% short of their advertised ranges on average.
But being 20-50% off is a huge gap.
We’ll be waitin’ for regulators to get a good whiff of this one…
POLL OF THE WEEK
HOW’S YOUR RANGE?
We know we got a lotta EV peeps out here reading this, so we gotta know - how’s the actual range on your car compared to what’s advertised?
Sound off 👇🏽
BITE SIZED HEADLINES
Canadians are losing access to news on FB & IG. Meta began blocking Canadian access to links and stories from news publishers in response to a bill that would require them to pay publishers for distributing their content. Talk about a lose-lose situation…
Sequoia Capital announced a $585 crypto fund in Feb 2022 and is now slashing it to $200M. Guess that’s what happens when your main crypto investment is FTX…
Threads has now lost more than half of the 100 mil users that signed up. Ya hate to see it.
Coinbase says the SEC asked them to delist all other cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin, so they said, “see ya in court!”
MrBeast is suing his ghost kitchen partner over "inedible" MrBeast Burgers. Apparently people are calling it "revolting," "disgusting," and "so nasty." LOL
FROM THE COOKIE JAR
TWEET OF THE WEEK
“In order to get into the best college, you have to look smart along the way.
In order to build a massive company, you have to look dumb along the way.
It really is a different skill set.”
- @eriktorenberg on World of DaaS
— Auren Hoffman (@auren)
Aug 1, 2023
Looking dumb pays off.
Another version of this: “We spend the first 18 years of our life in school just trying to fit in with the other kids. Then the next 18 years trying desperately to stand out as adults.”
OUR FAVORITE FINDS
78 charts that explain the US economy. Apparently California has 70% of the top 50 AI startups, and now US life expectancy is only 76 years?!
If you know Keith Rabois, you know he can be kinda polarizing.. kinda like pineapple on pizza. But if there's one thing people can agree on, it's that the guy is pretty smart. Someone created a repository of everything he’s said, like how to manage your time, learnings from startups/VC, and how to achieve success in life. It’s a banger.
cover letters are so weird like bro why do I need to write you some fan fiction about working for you
— stoned cold fox (@roastmalone_)
Aug 26, 2022
That's all we got for ya this week, folks. See ya next Thursday!
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