The two scenarios outlined by Andreessen illustrate two drastically different trajectories for Tesla's electric car business, led by boss Elon Musk.
The iPhone catapulted Apple to the world's most valuable public company — shares have risen about 849 percent in the past decade to a split-adjusted price of about $153, according to FactSet. Compare that to the decade from 1987 to 1997, when Apple's shares fell more than 53 percent to less than $1.
So far, Tesla's seen a meteoric rise, with shares climbing nearly 2,192 percent since hitting the public market. Still, even Musk himself has handicapped those gains, stating in a recent interview that "this market cap is higher than we have any right to deserve."
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Andreessen's remarks.
Andreessen, whose firm invests in self-driving car companies like Comma.ai and DeepMap, said that he thinks Tesla has a lead at the moment when it comes to autonomous vehicles. But, Andreessen noted, there are dozens, soon to be hundreds, of competitors cropping up in Silicon Valley, not to mention existing car makers, who are increasingly turning to Andreessen firm and other Silicon Valley luminaries for advice.
Nonetheless, Andreessen said he had few criticisms of Musk, who is also known as a co-founder of PayPal and credited as one of the brains behind businesses like SpaceX, HyperLoop and SolarCity.
"Elon is deservedly a legend," Andreessen said.
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