A Toast to Nikola Tesla
We were honored to be invited to The International House Hotel in New Orleans to offer a toast in honor of what would have been Tesla's 158th birthday this past Thursday (July 10). Sean Cummings provided a very kind introduction, highlighting our investments in the local community for innovation and craftsmanship.
For our own part, Jim Jacoby offered a quick comment on the difference between those who fear and those who dream. Entrepreneurship, it has been said, can be like standing at the edge of a cliff, chewing glass, staring into the abyss. Having recently discussed that very topic with JT Nesbitt, he countered: "I think it's different. I thinks it's gazing with awe into the eyes of a man who's capable of anything."
Here's to those who dream, to those who act on those dreams, and to those who are brave enough to support them.
For our own part, we shifted our thinking and invested in a man who dared to dream the impossible... reinventing the motorcycle-as-object, revitalizing an industry (both his own and ours), and changing the course of conversation in business and innovation.
Thanks to Sean and his crew at International House, especially head mixologist Alan Walter for taking such great care of us!
As an added bonus, JT Nesbitt was asked to bring his previous project, the Magnolia Special to feature in front of the hotel.
Parked alongside a Tesla S, it was the first time the two competitors had met. JT established the trans-continental record for alternate-fueled vehicles in 2012 with this hand-built car that runs on CNG supported by a skeleton crew of volunteers. Tesla beat that record by a few hours only six months ago with an entire company of supporters and financing for a electric-refueling infrastructure.
Nesbitt will be back. Here he is heading out with Jacoby's wife Dawn after the event...