Tesla was born of Serbian parentage, and began his working life, working for a phone Company in Budapest. In 1882, he headed for Paris, he obtained a position with the “Continental Edison Company”.He was invited to work in the United States of America, by Edison, after receiving glowing recommendation from Tesla’s supervisor in Paris; which stated that Tesla was a genius and was as capable as Edison. Edison hired Tesla, he believed Tesla’s ideas were great, but were impractical to create. Edison relied heavily on experimentation, for his discoveries .Tesla was emotionally driven, he was a dreamer and with his years of engineering training behind him. Later in there life’s both man publically criticised each other’s work.
They were both egocentrics, who disliked egocentricity in others; they both required little sleep to function on. The clash that caused the most controversy b/w them, was over currents. Edison thought Tesla’s idea of AC (alternating current), technology to bring electricity to the population was impractical and dangerous, Edison thought his idea of DC was superior.
But what finally destroyed their partnership and made them go there separate ways, was the “bet”; Tesla insisted that he could improve the efficiency of Edison’s prototypical dynamos. Tesla worked diligently for months on the project, around the clock and made a great deal of progress on improving the dynamos. When Tesla demanded the reward, Edison claimed he was only joking; but he did offer Tesla a $10 per week raise. Tesla claimed that Edison had promised him$50,000 if he succeeded.
After this exchange, Tesla quit, he spent months in New York, picking up odd jobs, like ditch digger to survive; he saved his money, so he could build the “Tesla Electric Light Company”, where he developed several successful patents, including AC generators, wires etc
Tesla was a visionary, not a businessman, Tesla sold most of his patents for $1 million to George Westinghouse.
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