Today Elon Musk and electric-car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced that they will allow anyone to use their patented technology in “good faith” without risking patent infringement litigation.  I love this move for several reasons beyond the obvious fact that it makes me happy it when big companies cause big disruptions by discarding dumb rules.

The thing I love most though is that Tesla is loudly proclaiming their ability to innovate faster than everyone else.    If they give away their advantage and remain stagnant, they lose quickly.  They don’t think they can innovate faster.  They know they will innovate faster  and they are going ‘all in’.  It’s bold and beneath the surface it’s a subtle middle finger to everyone trying to catch up – a middle finger that will generate endless praise, including mine.


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