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Tony Fadell    

Investor, Author, Principal at Future Shape LLC, Former CEO & Founder of Nest Labs

Tony Fadell is an American engineer, innovator, designer, entrepreneur, founder, coach, active investor, and author. He is the inventor of the iPod, inventor of the iPhone, and founder and former CEO of Nest Labs.

Fadell joined Apple Inc. in 2001, serving as the Senior Vice President of the iPod division and overseeing all iPod hardware, software, and accessories development. As the co-creator of the iPhone, he also worked on the first three generations of the iPhone. In May 2010, he co-founded Nest Labs, which announced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2 Billion.

In his 30-plus years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, Fadell has authored more than 300 patents and has received numerous awards and recognitions such as TIME Magazine "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2014. In 2016, TIME named the Nest Learning Thermostat, the iPod, and the iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time".

Fadell is currently the Principal at Future Shape, a global investment and advisory firm coaching 200+ startups working on foundational deep technology. His book, "Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making" was released May 2022. "Build" is full of personal stories, advice, and insights into some of the most impactful products and people of the 20th century.


How big companies kill ideas — and how to fight back, with Tony ...
Tony Fadell is the principal at an investment firm called Future Shape; was instrumental in building the iPod, the iPhone, and the Nest Thermostat; and wrote a ...
Tony Fadell is leaving Nest
Share on Facebook (205) Tweet Share (1,261) Pin (5) Tony Fadell is leaving Nest, the home automation company he founded and sold to Google (now Alphabet). He'll be stepping into an advisor role to Larry Page and Alphabet, but won't be involved in Nest day-to-day. According to a blog post he just put up, the transition has been in progress since "late last year" — but recent reports of turmoil, a disastrous acquisition of Dropcam, and delays at Nest plus Tony's new electric go-kart company Actev Motors have certainly fueled a sense that change would be coming one way or another...
How an iPod with a rotary dial eventually became the iPhone
Tony Fadell, currently the CEO of Nest, has had a crucial role in the design of both the iPod and the iPhone, and boy has he got some stories to tell. In an interview at the SVForum in Palo Alto, California last week — fully transcribed by VentureBeat — Fadell shared a number of details on the early days of the iPod, the iPhone and Steve Jobs' legendary, dogged persistence when it comes to creating seemingly impossible gadgets.
The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google's Newest Star Outsmart Apple?
Nest became successful for what it didn't do as much as for what it did. Its services are characterized not only by minimalist user experience—a hallmark of Apple products...

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