What made Elon Musk approach former Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan twice in 12 months?

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Engineer, entrepreneur, and investor Jay Vijayan is an established face in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. The founder of California-based unicorn in the automotive retail cloud space, Tekion Corp, Jay has earlier worked with VMware and Oracle. Post which, he went on to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Tesla Inc., reporting directly to Chairman and CEO, Elon Musk. In the recent episode of 100x Entrepreneur Podcast, a series featuring founders, venture capitalists, and angel investors, Siddhartha Ahluwalia dives deep inside the mind of Jay. In fact, Jay discusses with him about never settling down in life, being approached by Elon Musk twice in the span of 12 months, and sharing his core learnings from the business magnate.Journey from Tesla to Tekion“The seed idea of potentially starting a company has been there for a very long time with me,” Jay says. The idea further solidified when he was working with Oracle as a senior manager in Applications Development. And it followed him in his journey to VMware, right from the company’s IPO to its growth period. Moving forward, Jay says, “Tesla was a phenomenal opportunity to understand. I never had any automotive experience prior to that…and …

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