Elon Musk: an economic model in question

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He is the man who is talked about so much in the four corners of the planet, and who hit hard by announcing for 44 billion dollars the acquisition of Twitter, this now essential social network, including for economic circles. With more than 90 million followers on Twitter, the boss of Tesla, SpaceX and other innovative companies has become the champion of American technological capitalism. His fortune is estimated by Forbes magazine at $265 billion.

What is the business model. He who has achieved a visionary feat in the automotive sector, Tesla, the first manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world, SpaceX, supplier of rockets for NASA, which finance other futuristic adventures.

The galaxy, the Musk empire at the service of a form of megalomania and hard-earned interests. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today with our guests. What is the economic model chosen by Elon Musk, its originality, its springs, from a financial point of view, from an industrial point of view. What are its limits too? And there are. Is this model transposable, and for whom?


Julien Pillot, teacher-researcher at INSEEC Grande Ecole, specialist in the digital economy, issues of innovation and competition.

Michael Valentine, founder and associate director of Opéo Conseil, expert in strategy and industrial organization, author of the book ” The Tesla Model: From Toyotism to Teslaism: Elon Musk’s Disruption » (Dunod editions).

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