Elon Musk hopes Apple will enter car market, says Tesla recruiting 5x as many employees as Apple

“In Tesla’s Q1 2015 earnings call… CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s alleged electric car plans and the poaching war that has been ongoing between the two companies,” Jordan Kahn reports for Electrek. “”

“Regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car, Musk said that he ‘hopes’ Apple will enter the car market and that it will be ‘great’ if it does,” Kahn reports. “Musk also today addressed the ongoing poaching war between Tesla and Apple by essentially saying that there isn’t a war, but if there was, Tesla would be winning it.”

“Musk noted that Tesla has not seen any ‘significant attrition’ of engineers to Apple,” Kahn reports. “Tesla, on the other hand, has recruited ‘five times as many people’ from Apple as Apple has from Tesla.”

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  1. Apple not recruiting many people from Tesla….
    because Tesla has no one that Apple wants? Really unlikely that I will ever buy a Tesla product. I drive hybrid cars and I don’t need a $100K battery car. Tesla is not in the same league as Apple. I wish Tesla success, but they are wannabes; just Elon craving attention. Apple is the real deal.

    1. Not in the same league?

      Selling a higher quality future forward product considered overpriced compared to its competitors that is not just aspirational but in demand… while at the same time overturning the industry forcing the big guys to play catch up?

      Noo…. doesn’t sound like apple at all.

      1. Well if that’s the standard then your opinion of Elon Musk is likewise irrelevant – unless you’ve founded YOUR fourth billion dollar company. Eh?

        And again, if that’s the standard, then none of us can ever criticize Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, or anyone else that has more money than we do. If you’re good with that as a standard, let me know. I want to see if you’re really as obtuse and superficial as you seem.

        Now then, are you going to stick with that fallacious line of reasoning, or are you going to be a man and admit that you exposed your lack of education and ability to think through something instead of just getting huffy like a spoiled little girl and letting verbal diarrhea ooze from your Cheetos-encrusted fingertips.

        And as long as I’m handing your a** to you, I think it’s time for you to put on your big boy pants and acknowledge that you’re not the General Manager of the Universe and therefore have no authority to declare the relevancy of opinions that upset your delicate sensibilities.

        Have a nice day!

          1. I’m sorry. Until you’ve written a post explaining why that was fallacious reasoning your appreciation of his post has no merit.

            (grudgingly adding a 😉 because… internet)

            1. Had to laugh at that, who said satire is dead.

              Just to add often the last person to be able to judge objectively a multi billion dollar business starter is another multi billion dollar business starter, or indeed usually the original one. Worth a listen to them, but objectivity won’t be high on their list of contribution to the argument, indeed often sanity will be pretty low on the list of their innate qualities.

            2. Honey, I don’t know how to break it to ya, but you’re not the official dispenser of merit. Comprendé?

              Now then, since you, like quivran, suffer from a deficient education, I’ll do you a favor and tell you what should be obvious, which is that his bare and arbitrary assertion committed the following fallacies.

              non sequitur, ad hominem, alleged certainty, and the inverse of appeal to authority

              Will that just about do it for ya, boss?

              And whosoever is fine with the standard set forth by quivran must be consistent and apply it to themselves: If anyone has more money than you, you cannot criticize them; Okie dokey?

    1. Space exploration seems like a great ‘frontier’ but the reality of it is that we have far more to do here on earth than up in space. The time has come to focus on solving the problems on earth so that there is no need to send the richest people on earth to another planet because we wrecked our own planet.

      1. If humanity were not wasting so much time and effort on war and other useless crap, then we could do much better in both respects – Earth and space. Space exploration also pushes technological developments that are useful in addressing the challenges on the ground.

        SpaceX has already achieved great things, and I expect to see a lot more from that company in the future. I believe that Elon wants to improve the world by pushing technologies in key areas, and I applaud his efforts.

        If you think that the richest people on Earth are going to flee to another planet to escape the growing problems here, then you need to think again. Even as conditions grow worse, the wealthy will maintain their earthly comforts far better than everyone else. Life in space or another planet is going to be extremely difficult and dangerous for quite a long time to come. It is not going to be like Star Trek for a long, long time.

        1. “Space exploration also pushes technological developments that are useful in addressing the challenges on the ground.”

          If we put our minds to it, we could be much more direct and put that same effort into the problems here on earth SO MUCH EASIER. It doesn’t make sense to try to do experiments on another planet to find uses for them here on earth.

          1. Of all the problems of waste on Earth you pick SpaceX?

            Wow. You sure know how to pull a whine out of your ass.

            If we waited for every problem to be solved before exploring or learning something that wasn’t immediately critical we would still be in the stone age complaining about some inconvenient rocks.

      2. We have to escape Earth, NOT because we ruined the planet but because humanity will not survive if an ELE ever occurs. In such an event we need to be on more than one planet.

        Yeah, it’s new thinking. But quite necessary. Unless you believe god will not let it happen.

        1. Babylon 5 (TV Series)
          Infection (1994)

          Mary Ann Cramer: I have to ask you the same question people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back? Forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home.

          Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: No. We have to stay here. And there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers, but there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and – all of this – all of this – was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.

      3. Is one of those issue on earth population growth, as this is one of the causes of the earth being destroyed at such a rate!!! 150 years ago world population was 1.5 billion we are currently at 7 billion and growing!!!

    2. You are tight, Musk HAS managed to pull us out of the oil quagmire without getting killed by powerful oil people. That in itself is a great achievement, one that I fully give him credit for. However, what’s with the anti-Apple and pro-Google stance while AT THE SAME TIME trying to act like Steve Jobs?

      Thing is, he is no Steve Jobs so stop trying to act like him.

  2. Tesla’s issue at the moment is that they are losing money because they cannot make enough cars. Sounds familiar right? That was Apple 18 years ago. Jobs came in with the ideas (just like Musk has) and brought in Cook to get the operations right.
    It still took them 5 years to really start getting things right in terms of production but now they can handle launches of millions of devices. Sure some of you are going to say that a car is not a phone. Maybe not but the component supply issues and production logistics are very similar.
    Musk needs to get smart like Jobs did and realize that he needs to have experts in both design and operations. If he can do that then the profits start to appear and he can really grow the business.

    1. I think Musk is trying to hire the best automotive operations people out there. He really is trying to do all the right things to make his companies successful. He, like all really good entrepreneurs, is pushing all his resources to the limit. That may seem crazy for us mere mortals of the business world. But the the best can do this and manage it. That’s what makes them exceptional and able to garner support and funding from many sources.

      You don’t have to like Musk (hell, how many out there detested Steve Jobs) but you should recognize that he’s not your average business leader. He’s gong to continue to pull off major innovations and changes in the industries in which he decides to play.

  3. I love that people like Musk are out there in the world…Humanity creates these brilliant entrepreneurs… With genius enough to take us all forward… (Sure, this does not excuse the insane stupidity of most humans) This techno phenomena is just about the best thing going now… Relish it… (And maybe someday we may actually learn to live with …. integrity compassion kindness love…)

    1. Agreed…Musk, like Jobs, had a vision for game changing products that has been relentlessly converted into actual products. The Tesla is an insanely cool car. I’m waiting to see the model X, which will better suit my needs. I’m glad Musk is pushing the envelope on space. It’s not just about sending people to Mars. There are a lot of resources available on asteroids that will be mined someday. At least Musk is using his riches to push the envelope rather than focusing his efforts on manipulating stock market and company values like Carl Icahn and his ilk.

  4. Number of Tesla employees = 10k
    Number of Apple employees = 100k

    Do the math. It’s like saying “Apple is wasteful, they have 10x as much real estate for offices as Tesla”

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