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Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell is the founder of Future Shape and Nest, and the co-creator of the iPod and iPhone. Tony’s first role in Silicon Valley was at General Magic, where he helped map out the future for mobile devices. He then became CTO of Philips at just 24 years old, before founding mobile tech start-up Fuse. In 2001 Tony joined Apple, where he was instrumental in turning around the company’s fortunes by developing the iPod and then the iPhone. In 2010 he co-founded Nest Labs, and created the Nest Learning Thermostat along with other pioneering smart home tech. In 2014, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. He has since founded Future Shape, a global investment and advisory firm.

“Too many times engineers and designers try to make something to impress the person next to them. That’s the wrong way to think.”

— Tony Fadell
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Tony Fadell, guest
August 16, 2022

Creative energy is the raw fuel of entrepreneurship, but if you fail to direct that energy effectively, you risk chasing multiple ideas and delivering none. Tony Fadell learned this lesson time and again through his journey to co-create the iPod, iPhone, and Nest. He shares how he struck the tricky balance of channeling his creative experimentation into world-changing products.