Elon Musk says cutting back on work hours isn't an option

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The previous forecast was based on the belief that Musk had secured funding to take Tesla private.

Musk conceded in an interview last week with The New York Times that he's overwhelmed by job stress and has been working up to 120 hours a week.

Musk stated that his past year had been the "most hard and painful year of his career" and he almost missed his brother's wedding. It's a sum that would help the 11-year old company start production of its first auto, the Air, before the end of the 2019. In the days following Musk's fateful tweets, the opposite picture began to emerge, painting Musk as being one of a small number of people with general knowledge of such a significant move. Grimes still follows him, however, which could indicate hope for reconciliation - or maybe she just hasn't gotten around to unfollowing yet.

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According to people familiar with the matter, Tesla has improved its on-time payments to production suppliers to 95 percent from 90 percent a year ago. But he later suggested that funding for such a takeover was not officially secured. The proposed private bid also drew skepticism from financial analysts who pointed out that without an ability to raise cash via stock sales as a public company, Tesla was closing off the possibility to raise cash by anything other than private investment. He also cried, The Times said, during the interview.

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According to Business Insider, Grimes and Elon Musk are no longer following each other after Azealia Banks' put their business out in the open. "It is not", Musk wrote in a tweet in response to Arianna Huffington, who in an open letter on Friday said Musk and the future of Tesla would be better off if he regularly built in time to "refuel" and "recharge".

"I thought the worst of it was over - I thought it was", Musk told The Times.

Brownlee's Tesla factory tour with Elon Musk was brief, (MKBHD notes that Musk was eventually pulled into a meeting), but it showed something that has been hidden for quite a while now - it showed an Elon Musk that was amusing, optimistic, and seemingly still full of wonder at how the factory is operating. But perhaps his prediction that "the worst is yet to come" is prescient.

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