Feeds

Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

Will kick in the cost of James Bond car to the cause, says Oatmeal comic man

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Electric-car mogul Elon Musk has agreed to help fund a museum dedicated to the late scientist Nikola Tesla, to the tune of $1m.

Musk, who named his car company after Tesla, reportedly agreed to help support the museum after a phone conversation with web cartoonist Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal.

Popular geek Inman has made building a museum dedicated to the late inventor his personal mission, ever since learning that Wardenclyffe, the property that once was home to Tesla's laboratory, was up for sale for $1.6m.

Inman's fundraising campaign on Indiegogo reached its $850,000 goal in just six days, and it would eventually go on to raise nearly $1.4m for the cause.

With the addition of an $850,000 matching grant from New York State, the nonprofit in charge of creating the museum was able to purchase the land that once belonged to Tesla in May 2013.

But securing the land was only the first step. Actually building the museum is going to take more time and quite a lot more money.

That's why, in a digression during his recent review of the Tesla Model S, Inman asked for help from Musk – who, the cartoonist gently reminded, recently spaffed £550,000 ($942,000) at auction on a modified Lotus Esprit that once appeared in a James Bond film.

According to a Thursday blog post by Inman, Musk has now not only agreed to donate $1m to the museum fund, but he has also committed to building a Tesla Supercharger station in the museum's parking lot.

Inman's announcement of Musk's contribution came, coincidentally, on July 10, which would have been Tesla's 158th birthday. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.