Who founded Tesla?
Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning
Tech Crunch - Tesla was not founded by Elon Musk, but rather by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in July 2003. The two bootstrapped the fledgling auto company until Elon Musk led the company’s $7.5 million Series A financing round in February 2004, when Musk became the company’s Chairman of the Board.
According to a tweet from Elon Musk, the company was founded when GM decided to recall and end their production of solar powered cars in 2003.