The Tesla Way vs. The Toyota Way | M. Donovan & J. P. Womack | The Lean Post

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Given the ever-increasing barriers to entry in what Peter Drucker famously called the “industry of industries,” it’s a wonder that any automotive startups defy the long arc of consolidation by establishing themselves as viable competitors. And it’s even more notable when these newcomers present a model that just might challenge the incumbents to the core. Lean thinker Mark Donovan recently asked LEI founder Jim Womack whether the path taken by Tesla founder Elon Musk points to a new machine that can change the world. 

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Michel Baudin‘s comments:

Are the barriers to entry into the auto industry “ever-increasing,” as asserted in the 2010 HBR article linked to above, or did this article get it wrong? Could it be that the barriers are actually falling, with advances in electronics and information technology leveling the field between incumbents and new entrants?

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Tesla Plant Visit And Non-Disclosure Agreement

Before we entered the Tesla plant, tour guide Adam Slusser ran through the stipulations of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) we had just signed: we couldn’t take pictures, draw sketches, or even post accounts of the visit on social media. To honor this NDA, I will therefore limit myself to quoting what others have already posted elsewhere.

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How the Tesla Model S is Made | The Window | Wired

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If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory …

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

Tesla just released this promotional video showing glimpses of its factory, the former NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA. Tesla is partialy owned by Toyota.

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