Elon Musk: If You Don't Make It at Tesla, You Go Work at Apple

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    In a new interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt (via Business Insider), Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke about his thoughts on the much-rumored Apple Car. Additionally, Musk was asked what he thought about Apple hiring away some of Tesla's "most important engineers."
    Musk was then asked whether he takes Apple's car ambitions seriously, to which he joked "did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch?" He went on to say that it was good Apple was moving toward and investing in a car and that it's the "next logical thing" for the company to offer "significant innovation."

    The Tesla CEO went on to poke fun at the newly announced Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, saying that innovation in the form of a new pencil or a bigger iPad are "not relevant enough." However, Musk cautions that cars are far more complex than smartphones and smartwatches. "You can't just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car," Musk told the German newspaper.

    Apple and Tesla have hired each other's employees over the course of the last year, with Musk saying that Apple has hired away "very few people" from the car company despite offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases to its employees. Tesla has hired nearly 150 Apple employees.

    Article Link: Elon Musk: If You Don't Make It at Tesla, You Go Work at Apple
     
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    Tesla is everything Apple's automotive arm wants to be.
     
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    Apparently, even Tesla seems to be worried. Good signs.
     
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    Musk wouldn't be talking **** if he wasn't concerned about Apple's potential car. Makes me think he might know something that the rest of us don't about Apple's plans.
     
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    Reminds me of what Balmer said about the iPhone…
     
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    Holy cow. Elon Musk needs to learn to reel it in. This post made me cringe.
     
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    That apple watch that is selling really well. What a horrid analogy he made.

    With that statement, he should be worried.
     
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    No matter how successful Tesla is, or how great their cars are, Musk's comments display a lack of class.
     
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    It doesn't have to be a bad thing that Apple hires the people who Musk says "couldn't make it at Tesla." As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
     
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    *grabs popcorn to watch next 10 years unfold*

    This should be fun.
     
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    He doesn't need to have class. Steve Jobs didn't have class. He straight out called people bozos if he didn't like them.

    Anyway, Musk is Tesla's boss. What do you expect him to say?
     
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    This somehow really sounds familiar. Only, last time I heard such words it was about a obscure devices called "iPhone" and they were spoken by a guy called Steve Ballmer…
     
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    What a shocker, a CEO has a huge ego. There is a long line of companies that have underestimated Apple in the past.
     
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    He said it like a jerk, but he's right that electric cars are much more meaningful than iToys. Though Apple makes a lot more profit... infinite times as much profit.
     
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    It is obvious Musk would be concerned about Apple becoming Tesla's competitor. If Apple starts making vacuum cleaners James Dyson would be concerned too.

    Whenever a company with the size of Apple enters the market, it is not something you can scoff at.

    With that said, Elon Musk is not like Ballmer. He is a visionary with amazing drive. It would be an uphill battle for Apple to go against Tesla.
     
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    To be fair a design mistake in a car is a bit more serious than an iPhone 4.
     

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