Steve Wozniak Speaks Out Against Elon Musk and Tesla, Calls Marketing “Dishonest”

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak wasn’t so happy comparing Steve Jobs with Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday. While he agreed that the two were very similar, Wozniak said that his good friend Jobs wasn’t so “dishonest” and “untruthful” in his marketing.

Wozniak, who believes that one shouldn’t “make things up” to make themselves be “seen better,” was specifically gripey about the controversial Full Self-Driving (FSD) option of Tesla vehicles, as, like many others, he was misled thinking that the feature meant the car could safely drive itself.

READ: Tesla: 2016 Full Self-Driving Video Was Faked, Says Head of Autopilot Engineering

“They have robbed my family — myself and my wife — of so much money I couldn’t tell you, with things they said that we really believed would be real,” Wozniak added.

The Apple co-founder had a Tesla in 2016 and he paid to upgrade to get the FSD capability because Musk had said “it would drive itself across the country by the end of 2016.” But as everyone knows that didn’t happen, like many of Musk’s bold pronouncements.

“And then we upgraded for $50,000,” to the version with eight cameras, which Musk said would drive across the country in 2017. But again, didn’t.

Wozniak fairly acknowledged Musk’s real contributions to the electric vehicle industry, saying he “did great things,” and that because of what he’s done, “we’re getting to EVs sooner than we would’ve.”

“I admire some things about him. But I don’t admire being able to speak in marketing terms that’s dishonest and misleading,” he said.

Musk’s ~marketing style~ has been the center of a recent lawsuit where a minor shareholder alleged that his “funding secured” tweet had deceived investors about a buyout that never happened. Musk, who sat on the witness stand for the three-week trial, won the jury over after less than two hours of deliberation.

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One thought on “Steve Wozniak Speaks Out Against Elon Musk and Tesla, Calls Marketing “Dishonest”

  • February 12, 2023 10:23 AM at 10:23 am

    Talk about dishonesty….how bout falsely claiming it was you that came up with the name APPLE and with the logo of an Apple with a bite taken out of it…REALLY!… it’s been interesting to see y’all’s claims of how it was come up with…1st interview stating it was coined by a random guy in Steve Jobs audience at a presentation he was giving…..then later stating he thought of it while he was walking in an Apple orchard….that he just really loved Apples and now that it was a friend of Jobs who was walking with him in the Apple orchard…as well as other spins on it over the years. It was no other than I who was in his audience who he said coined the name that he then adopted…..I did way more than coin the name APPLE….I gave him 5 good strong reasons to name his company -APPLE with the Logo. Oh and by the way the logo choice was most definitely symbolic of ADAM AND EVE’s taking a bite of the Apple ..of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil! Funny how people so readily take the credit of what others do and have done for them. Yea…let’s talk about honesty.


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