MarketWatch First Take: Tesla is a large public company, and Elon Musk must start acting like it

Elon Musk is the chief executive of a public company worth $53 billion and counting, but at many points in Tesla Inc.’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, he sounded more like a startup founder with no hope of getting funded.

The Tesla TSLA, +1.98% CEO spouted off some sarcastic gems Wednesday while admitting making inaccurate statements and flippantly dismissing any concerns about them. In Musk’s world, mistakes like an inaccurate and potentially material statement made to journalists about the most important product launch in company history is no big deal. Instead, it was “just a guess” and “inconsequential,” just like all the other errors along Tesla’s path.

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