Summary:

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, and the biggest risk of all — recalls.

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GigaOM Pro cleantech analyst Adam Lesser peers into the ups and downs of electric car maker Tesla Motors 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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