Elon Musk is 'thin-skinned and short-tempered,' says tech VC

Marco Green
July 23, 2018

Tesla's Elon Musk has been tweeting as if he's as high as one of his SpaceX rockets.

Tom Edwards did not specify what exactly had been agreed - saying only that the issue had been resolved "in a way that everyone feels good about". Musk tweeted in February 2017 that it was "maybe my favourite mug ever".

Musk posted the image, created by Tom Edwards, a potter from Colorado, on Twitter without attribution in March a year ago.

But Edwards' admiration turned to disappointment when he found out the image had made its way into Tesla's promotional materials and even its operating system, for which he had not received compensation.

In May, Edwards' lawyer sent a letter to Tesla asking that his client be compensated.

But Edwards' daughter, Robin Edwards, called out the Tesla boss on Twitter. A spokesperson for Musk said in an emailed statement that he is "committed to backing the Sierra Club in its fight for clean energy and recently asked them to make his support public to reaffirm the sincerity of his commitment".

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When challenged about his use of the artist's work without a licensing agreement, Musk said it would be "kinda lame" to sue. He added: "We're not sitting here with dollar signs in our eyes, we're really doing this because it's what right".

"It's clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I'm just glad that everything has been cleared up", he wrote in a post on his company website, later shared by Mr Musk.

It's the latest twist in a tumultuous week for Musk.

But his calling a member of the team rescuing the Thai soccer kids a "pedo" did more than raise eyebrows.

The report, carried on a webpage made to look like the CNN Tech site, claims that Musk is leaving his job as CEO of the company so he can focus on "Bitcoin Profit", which is described as "a new company that he thinks will change the world".

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