Monthly Archives: July 2015

The ONLY Way To Save On A New Tesla

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Tesla does not negotiate on price, they do not offer discounts, and their cars never go on sale.

Tesla does not advertise or pay for endorsements or product placement.

Their cars are sold in two ways — in stores and by word of mouth.  They have calculated that it costs an average of $2,000 to sell a car through their stores, so they are rewarding those who generate and make word of mouth sales.

If you use my link to purchase a Model S you will get $1,000 off the purchase price and I will get a $1,000 credit toward my next purchase.

I have owned my Model S since 2012 (before most people had ever seen one), my second Model S (the “ludicrous” P90D pictured above) is on order, and I pre-ordered the Model X almost 2 years ago.  I’m a believer.

I’m not trying to sell you a car.

I could, however, go on for an hour about how the Tesla is so amazing that I may, truly, never buy another gas-powered vehicle again (this is from a guy with a Ferrari 458 Speciale in his garage).

If you’re going to buy a Tesla between now and October 31, do yourself (and me) a favor and save $1,000 by using my link.  There is simply no other way to save money on a Tesla purchase.

*Please forward this to anyone you know who is considering buying the car so that they may benefit.  You (or they) may comment below or e-mail me if you’ve considered purchasing one but you’re on the fence.  I’ve owned a Model S since the very beginning and can offer insight.

This Isn’t Tech Bubble 2.0

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The NASDAQ is flirting with a 15-year high again and people are screaming “overvalued!”, “tech bubble 2.0!”, and “irrational exuberance!”

The biggest difference in technology between 1999 and 2015 is the internet — vastly greater connectivity, speed, and adoption.

Just 36% were online in the US in 1999 (primarily dial-up) while 87% are online today (nearly all broadband).  Globally, only 4% had an internet connection in 1999 while 42% have it today.

Here’s a personal example of mine regarding internet speed:

In 1999, I was a huge fan of  KOZMO regularly delivered dinner to me in my exhausted state after work.  They would send a guy on a bicycle to bring me a meatloaf sandwich and a movie.  It was wonderful.

The company was gone two years later, but the problem wasn’t KOZMO as much as it was the internet.  Even though I worked for the world’s leading silicon manufacturer, I had dial-up internet!  I had to go home, boot up my computer, wait for a dial tone, dial into the internet, wait for the “welcome” screen, wait while the website came up, then wait for the pictures to load…


It probably took 10-12 minutes each time I placed an order.  It made much more sense to run to the convenience store where they had 100x the selection.

Imagine what KOZMO could be with today’s internet.  I could submit the same order, from my phone, from anywhere, in about 15 seconds.  THAT is what changes something like KOZMO from a novelty to a game changer.

Companies that are killing it right now, like Uber and AirBnB, would never have survived the non-mobile, dial-up years.

Timing is everything.

It’s a different tech landscape now.  We have solid internet penetration, near-instant speeds, and widespread mobile internet.

Stop comparing 2015 to 1999.  Maybe valuations are climbing for real this time.

The internet that the original dot-coms needed to succeed is here.  Now.

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