The Right Man For The Job

On February 8, 2022 Joe Biden announced that he was going to spend huge amounts of other people’s money to buy half a million EV recharging stations from an Australian company called Tritium.

“President Biden Delivers Remarks on his Administration’s Work to …… Lower Energy Costs for Americans”

Since then, energy prices have skyrocketed.

Gas Station Price Charts – Local & National Historical Average Trends – GasBuddy.com

Tritium’s US President Mike Scalise says :

“Electric vehicles (EVs) are undoubtedly the future of transportation.”

The Convenience Culture | Tritium Tritium

Twenty years ago I was hired by Mike Scalise to be VP of Technology at a company located in Bristol, England. They were designing a special purpose coprocessor for speeding up mathematics calculations. The product looked good on paper, but I wrote a simulator for it and discovered the performance was atrocious. I sent out an email to the engineering team with the performance results showing their design was grossly inadequate and had no value as a product. Mike immediately called me up and told me to keep quiet, because product sales depended on people believing the product was valuable.

One of their potential customers was the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado whom I had introduced to their product. After Mike said my job depended on keeping quiet, I went to NCAR and told them not to buy the design because it would actually slow their computing down. Needless to say, NCAR didn’t buy the product and I was quickly terminated.

Mike’s sales approach was to talk quickly and endlessly until people would sign a contract just to get him to stop talking. He was the #1 salesman at Intel from using this approach. He also loved to tell stories about his lap dances at titty bars. He is the right man for the job selling the imaginary future of EV transportation.

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10 Responses to The Right Man For The Job

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  2. Jeff L. says:

    I’ve worked with computers for over four decades and I had never heard of ClearSpeed or the CSX600 processor, and it seems that Mike Calise may have hired some “reputation management” entity to erase most of the related content from the Internet.

    I did find this Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/2004/10/25/cx_ah_1025tentech.html
    I also found a reference at Berkeley: https://ptolemy.berkeley.edu/projects/embedded/mescal/maw/index.html

    There are a number of academic papers praising the architecture, but not much in the way of real analysis or comparison with other architectures. It seems that Mr. Heller succeeded in saving a boatload of US government money by informing NCAR of his analysis, despite it being in his own financial interest to not do so. His action says a lot about his integrity and makes me respect him even more.

  3. Marko says:

    I found this to be a great anecdote. Thanks.

  4. arn says:

    So Mike Scalise is the personification of the MSM method .
    Talk permanently until the audience get overwhelmed and gives in.

  5. Justa Joe says:

    How is this subsidy to the EV industry rationalized?

  6. Steve says:

    500 new jobs over the next 5 years. That sounds like a game changer.

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