Until recently, Apple, like the queen in Snow White, may have been the fairest visionary company of all, but there’s a Snow White company challenging Apple as the cutting edge of business: Tesla.
Tesla’s efforts to surpass Apple as the company of the future have borne fruit; more than 150 Apple employees have left Apple to join Tesla, according to Bloomberg, which adds that this is “more than from any other company, even carmakers.”
Some high-priced Apple execs who bolted for Tesla include Doug Field, vice president of vehicle programs at Tesla; George Blankenship, vice president of sales at Tesla until he retired in 2013; Rich Heley, senior director for manufacturing technology and now vice president for product excellence; Lynn Miller, associate general counsel; Beth Loeb Davies, director of training programs since May 2011; and Nick Kalayjian, a director of power electronics.
Tesla has 6,000 employees; its CEO, Elon Musk, has made it no secret that he has modeled his success after Apple’s, telling Bloomberg, “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned.” Bloomberg reported, “A former Tesla worker who didn’t want to be named says that Musk is enamored with Apple and relishes comparisons between himself and its co-founder.”
Musk pointed out that despite Apple having offered $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases to lure Tesla employees to Apple, “so far they’ve actually recruited very few people.”