Tesla ousts virtually all employees
PRICEY ROADSTER'S DELIVERY DELAYS LEAD TO THEIR EXIT
Article Launched: 12/20/2007
Dozens of Tesla Motors remaining employees were fired on Thursday. A five-sentence e-mail from the company said the employees had "transitioned" to posting on message boards.
Earlier this month, Tesla name Ze'ev Drori, a Silicon Valley semiconductor veteran, as its new CEO.
"I'm sorry that it came to this and wish it were not so," Tesla Chairman Elon Musk said about the decimation of his payroll in an e-mail to the Mercury News. "It was not a question of personality differences. How could I simply not get along with pretty much everyone? Tesla has operational problems that need to be solved, and if the board thought there was any way that all these people could help, then they would obviously still be here."
"I think people shouldn't read into this and start drawing secondary conclusions by connecting dots that really aren't connected," Darryl Siry, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Service, and now the lead albeit sole and degree-less engineer, told the Mercury. "This is a startup, and there is normally a good deal of change in the staff. In fact, the vast majority of startups outright fail. What's the big deal?"
Siry said that each employee continues to own stock in the company, and that nobody, with the exception of himself and Chairman Musk, are rooting harder for its continued success. "Thursday was a day of emotional goodbyes and tears. It was just a great thing to watch."