Bloomberg Business has reported that Apple and Tesla has been fighting each other to recruit top talents from each other. Musk, Tesla’s co-founder & chief executive officer commented that Tesla has hired at least 150 employees that were from Apple. He commented that this is higher than any other companies, including carmakers.
He mentioned that the former Apple workers work in ” many areas of 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law”. Musk compared Apple and Tesla through design philosophies, and said that they are “relatively close aligned”. When asked, Apple refused to comment on the Apple vs. Tesla battle.
In the past, Apple and Tesla has interacted before. In early 2014, there were rumors of Apple thinking of acquiring Tesla. Musk has said that the two companies had “conversations”, but didn’t specify what those “conversations” were about.
Current workers for Tesla who were formerly Apple employees said that their decision in joining Tesla was based on the company’s ideas for electric cars. They also said that Elon Musk, the CEO, is similar to former Steve Jobs. The similarities include: Musk paid a lot of attention to details on his products, he is a strong and visionary leader – like Jobs.
Apparently, Musk has a soft spot for Apple. He also enjoys comparisons made to Steve Jobs as well.
As you can see, Apple’s influences in Tesla’s designs are apparent. The 17-inch touchscreen that was installed in Tesls’a cars and their retail stores are an example. The reason behind these is that the key roles were held by a former Apple employee.
Doug Field, former Apple’s VP of Mac Hardware Engineering, is one of them. He now leads the new vehicle development at Tesla. By using these highly talented people from Silicon Valley, Tesla is all;owed to get a head-start on competitors in the automobile industry.
On the other hand, Apple has hired way less people from Tesla, despite offering $250,000 bonuses and 60% salary increase of their salary.
You can read more about it in full here in Bloomberg’s site.