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2003

Martin Ederhard and Marc Tarpenning conceived and founded Tesla.

Elon Musk led the Series A funding in 2004, joining the board of directors as its chairman as well as in operational roles.

2008

The Tesla Roadster was the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells.

2010

Tesla launched its IPO on NASDAQ. The IPO raised US&226 million.

2016

Tesla agreed to acquire SolarCity for $2.6 billion in stock. Solar City was then the largest installer of rooftop solar systems in the United States.

2016

The Model 3 was unveiled.

2017

Due to concern about Tesla's plans for execution and competitive risk, Tesla's stock-market value declined by more than &12 billion due to execution concerns.

August 7, 2018

CEO Elon Musk tweeted: "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured."

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fined Musk and Tesla $20M each to reimburse investors whom were harmed by Musks's tweet.

From Martin Ederhard and Marc Tarpenning conceiving and founding Tesla in 2003, to the Model 3 unveil in 2016, Tesla has been monumental in disrupting the automotive industry. 

While it may seem hard to believe, Elon Musk was not one of the original founders of the company. He led the Series A funding in 2004, joining the board of directors as its chairman as well as in operational roles.

Tesla launched its IPO on NASDAQ in 2010. The IPO raised $226 million.

No one can debate Tesla's status as an innovator, but questions still abound whether it can successfully mass produce an electric vehicle. TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa breaks down Tesla's most recent struggles. 

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