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Tesla Keeps Poaching Apple’s Software Talent

by Jacob Kleinman | February 6, 2015February 6, 2015 10:00 am PDT

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Apple is in a talent war with another Silicon Valley giant, and it’s not the one you might think. The Cupertino company’s employees may fend off offers from the likes of Google, Microsoft and Facebook, but Tesla has been able to poach at least 150 members of Apple’s workforce.

Bloomberg reports that Tesla has hired more employees from Apple than from any other company, suggesting the best way to get a job working for the electric car-maker may be to secure for a position in Cupertino first. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg that the two firms have a pretty similar design philosophy, with one unnamed former employee noting that Musk enjoys being compared to Apple founder Steve Jobs.

Some key poached employees include Doug Field, who helped develop the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac before joining Tesla. Another, George Blankenship, helped design the first Apple Stores before leaving to help develop Tesla’s own showrooms. There’s also designer Brennan Boblett, who worked on Tesla’s dashboard touchscreen software with an entire team of former Apple employees.

Musk also revealed that Apple has unsuccessfully tried to poach Tesla employees with the promise of big bonuses and increased salaries. So far, Apple hasn’t been able to lure much talent away from the car-maker, suggesting that for now Musk may have the upper-hand when it comes to pure software talent.

Bloomberg

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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