Elon Musk, Warren Buffett trade barbs; YouTuber tweaks Tesla analysts

Joann Johnston
May 8, 2018

The electric vehicle maker warned in a securities filing it "may need or want to raise additional funds in the future", adding that "these funds may not be available to us when we need or want them, or at all".

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is known for many things, including upending the model for producing and marketing electric cars.

With an exchange like that, Musk probably shouldn't expect Buffett to send him a box of See's for Christmas this year.

That's on the heels of a weird conference call last Wednesday in which Musk, asked by an analyst about Tesla's cash needs, responded, "Boring, bonehead questions are not cool - next".

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Berkshire Hathaway acquired See's sweets in 1972, and Buffett is famously fond of its peanut brittle- which he and his business partner Charlie Munger continuously munch on while answering questions for six hours at their shareholder meeting each year. But he still believes the concept is crucially important, and that some companies' moats are more impenetrable now than they've ever been.

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Elon Musk also once excitedly explained that it was his goal to build a auto that would fly straight to Mars, and then he cleverly devised Starman. "Even though they're quaint". "There are some pretty good moats around", he added.

Musk, who did not attend the Berkshire Hathaway meeting, caught wind of Buffett and Munger's comments, and apparently felt he was being trolled.

According to the report, the two connected after Elon Musk was planning on tweeting an obscure sci-fi joke before Googling it and finding out that Grimes had already done so three years ago.

At the end of April, Elon Musk strolled onto Twitter and nonchalantly announced his intention to build a cyborg dragon, leaving readers to ponder the implications of this and wonder whether he was, in fact, serious.

But then again if you'd asked me how seriously we should have taken this tweet from Christmas Eve, I'd have said the same and yet. He followed that up with a single-word tweet: "Cryptocandy". "I'm starting a candy company & it's going to be wonderful", posted Elon Musk on Twitter.

The two have also tweeted back in forth; almost two weeks ago he praised a Spotify play list of hers and she responded playfully.

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