Rare Silicon Valley IPO Day

Individual investors may buy in on Tuesday

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    AP
    It's showtime on Tuesday for Tesla Motors and its CEO Elon Musk as the company is set to offer 13.3 million shares for sale to the public.

    Electric car startup Tesla Motors is scheduled to make an initial public offering of shares in the company on Tuesday.

    Recently Tesla updated it's paperwork with the Security and Exchange Commission to say 2.2 million more shares will be on offer, for a total of 13.3 million.

    Major investors include Daimler and the nation of Abu Dhabi. Toyota, which plans to sell the company space in the NUMMI manufacturing plant in Fremont, will have a $50 million stake in the company.

    The company, which has raised $783 million in loan guarantees and private investment so far, has yet to turn a profit -- in 2009, it spent $168 million but earned only $112 million in revenue from sales of the all-electric Roadster.

    Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley are praying for Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk to make it rain after a long IPO drought. Private investment in "greentech" startups have yet to see many big "liquidity events," where early, private investors cash-in by selling their equity to the public.

    As such, the success or failure of Tesla's offering might prove a bellwether as to how other startups in the wider industry might fare.

    Musk, who is in the midst of a contentious divorce and has reportedly been relying on personal loans from friends to get buy -- having sunk much of his own money into the company -- will be putting nearly 1 million of his own shares up for sale.

    If he can sell his shares for as much $15, Musk could walk away with a cool $13.6 million. He will remain the majority shareholder, on which a federal loan guarantee of over half a billion dollars is contingent.

    Jackson West might buy something nice for his bike instead.