Why did Tesla succeed where GM failed? Timing

I like to joke that flying cars and the Internet were patented in the 1800s. The ideas were there, but they were far too early to be practical.

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been a hero of mine since I read his book “Age of Spiritual Machines” when I was 12. He recognized that most R&D projects actually succeed in developing the technology, but then fail commercially, simply…