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2/18/2016
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Google, Tesla And Apple Race For Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Talent

Apple, Google, Tesla, and Ford appear to be in a bit of a hiring -- and in some cases, poaching -- spree to build up their electric and self-driving car teams. Here is a look at some of the more high-profile comings and goings.
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Tesla Hires Former Apple, AMD Chip Guru Jim Keller
Jim Keller, who was most recently a lead architect at AMD who oversaw the development of the upcoming Zen processor architecture, will move over to Tesla to work with its Autopilot development team. Tesla confirmed the news in late January. During his tenure at Apple, Keller designed Apple's A4 and A5 chips, which powered iPhones and iPads. 
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Tesla Hires Former Apple, AMD Chip Guru Jim Keller

Jim Keller, who was most recently a lead architect at AMD who oversaw the development of the upcoming Zen processor architecture, will move over to Tesla to work with its Autopilot development team. Tesla confirmed the news in late January. During his tenure at Apple, Keller designed Apple's A4 and A5 chips, which powered iPhones and iPads.

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mak63
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2/24/2016 | 8:29:57 PM
Re: Its a fierce battle
I think switching companies have to do with monetary reason, but not always. Also, how the goals of a company matches yours. For instance, an environmentalist, someone who has passion for space exploration or renewables might think working for Tesla/Musk makes more sense than working for Apple. I wouldn't blame him/her if they want a breath of fresh air, so to speak.
Do you agree?
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2/21/2016 | 12:32:40 PM
Re: Its a fierce battle

@mak63 very true. The loss of some very intelligent people is definitely a loss. But we need to understand under what circumstances they decided to quit. Do you feel that its because of monetary difference or some other issues. I believe that if the people who are quitting are so very important for the firm might be given some easy hand. But still I believe that rules and regulations are not to be compromised in any sense. What do you say?

mak63
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2/20/2016 | 11:58:53 PM
Re: Its a fierce battle
I agree. The lost of Doug Field to Tesla in 2013, and the departure of Titan team leader Steve Zadesky can't be good news for Apple. They still have time to recover for the 2020 deadline though. Didn't Virgin Galactic build the new spaceship (SS2) in 3 years? I'm sure Apple can build a car in less time, if they want to.
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2/19/2016 | 10:22:46 AM
Its a fierce battle

I am not really surprized to hear shifting of expertise from one company to other. The statement regarding apple hiring people they fire might be comming out of sheer frustration and anger rather any thing else. Being in corporate world its very common that people tend to shift seeing their own interest and very rare keeping in mind the interest of the company. Secondly its not possible that apple is hiring its employees without proper checks and what is best for their company. We still need to wait and see what is the end result of this.

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