Tesla boss Elon Musk has defended his comments in a contentious conference call, saying the people he shut down were “sell-side analysts who represent a short-seller thesis, not investors”.
Mr Musk, who’s been known for his quirky behaviour, came under scrutiny after the conference call for Tesla’s quarterly earnings on Wednesday went awry.
The 2 questioners I ignored on the Q1 call are sell-side analysts who represent a short seller thesis, not investors— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 4, 2018
The chief executive was criticised for cutting off two analysts who asked about the electric vehicle and solar panel company’s cash needs and orders for its Model-3.
Mr Musk said the questions were “dry” and “not cool”.
The reason the Bernstein question about CapEx was boneheaded was that it had already been answered in the headline of the Q1 newsletter he received beforehand, along with details in the body of the letter— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 4, 2018
On Friday, he tried to clarify some comments he made during the call, tweeting that he deemed a question about capital expenditures foolish because the answer was already given in a Q1 newsletter.