Reading Tesla’s tea leaves

GigaOM Pro cleantech analyst Adam Lesser peers into the ups and downs of electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) and tries to read the pioneering company’s tea leaves. His assessment?: “small problems get big in a hurry.”

Tesla is a high risk venture because it’s a one product company, trying to do something that’s never been done. That means risks like a narrow list of suppliers, a new retail model that has been accused of violating franchise laws, and the biggest risk of all — recalls.

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