Elon Musk, the newly elected owner of Twitter, has reportedly recruited more than 50 of his dependable Tesla employees—mostly software engineers from the Autopilot team—to join his Twitter takeover.
According to internal records obtained by CNBC, employees from Musk’s other companies, including more than 50 from Tesla, two from the Boring Company (which is building underground tunnels), and one from Neuralink, are now authorized to work at Twitter (which is developing a brain-computer interface).
Elon Musk’s close friends, advisers, and financial backers are also involved, including Jared Birchall, the head of his family office. Jason Calacanis, an angel investor, and David Sacks, the first chief operating officer of PayPal and a venture capitalist. Likewise, James and Andrew Musk, who previously worked for Palantir and Neuralink, respectively, and who also share Musk’s last name.
Among the dozens, Elon Musk specifically hired from Tesla are Ashok Elluswamy, director of software development; Milan Kovac, director of Autopilot and TeslaBot engineering; Maha Virduhagiri, senior director of software engineering; Pete Scheutzow, senior staff technical program manager; and Jake Nocon, senior manager of security intelligence and a member of Tesla’s surveillance unit.