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Apr 12, 2001

Tony Fadell, widely known as the "father" of the iPod and the creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat, today announced he is leaving Nest and Nest parent company Alphabet.

Fadell, Nest's founder, has been with Google since it acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014 and has worked on projects like Google Glass in addition to continuing to run Nest Labs.

In a blog post, Fadell says he has decided the time is right to "leave the Nest," a decision that was originally made late last year. Fadell will not be present for day to day activities at Nest, but he plans to remain involved with the company as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page.
While there is never a perfect time to transition, we've grown Nest to much more than a thermostat company. We've created a hardware + software + services ecosystem, which is still in the early growth stage and will continue to evolve to move further into the mainstream over the coming years. The future of Nest is equally as bright given the strong and experienced leadership team in place, as well as the two-year product roadmap we've developed together to ensure the right future direction. [...]

I will miss this company and my Nest family (although I'll be around to provide advice and guidance and help the team with the transition), but I am excited about what's coming next, both for Nest and for me.
Fadell says his new role as advisor will provide him with "time and flexibility" to pursue new opportunities and "create and disrupt other industries." He's leaving Nest with a two-year roadmap in place and Marwan Fawaz, a former Motorola executive, will be joining Nest as CEO.

According to Bloomberg, Fadell's departure follows some recent issues at Nest, including a long length of time between product releases and software issues with the Nest Protect smoke detector that led to a recall.
In recent months, Nest employees complained publicly about Fadell's management, while claiming the business had missed sales targets, botched upgrades and delayed future products
Tony Fadell, in addition to being known for his work at Nest Labs, is credited as one of the original creators of the iPod, heading up the project as senior vice president of the iPod division from 2006 to 2008. Fadell started at Apple in 2001 and helped to produce early versions of Apple's iconic music player.

Article Link: Nest Co-Founder Tony Fadell Leaving the Company
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macrumors Core
Nov 14, 2011
The writing was on the wall with some of the rumors we heard about turmoil at Nest as well as Google hiring a VP for hardware and Google being the one to announce an Amazon Echo competitor. I don't think Beats was worth the $3B Apple paid for it and I certainly don't think Nest was worth that much either. It is amusing to look back at when Google acquired Nest and all the articles bemoaning the fact that Apple didn't.


macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
I appreciate some of the things he did at Apple, but the guy kinda has a reputation for conflict. Selling to Google was probably the wrong choice. I loved my Nest and the frequent updates it would get. Those definitely slowed after Google bought them, and they started losing their focus on glitchy, over-priced smoke alarms and then the whole Dropcam fiasco going on right now. They still haven't ever updated the app to work with widgets in iOS 8, and they never developed an Apple Watch controller or integrated with HomeKit (which may or may not be possible). They never even updated it so that I can have it adjust the temperature slightly based on the humidity level in my house.

We're closing on our house soon, and with it stays the Nest. I've got the ecobee3 in my cart on Amazon, and unless something better comes out after WWDC, it will be one of the first things shipped to my new house along with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. It is upon these things and my Apple TV 4 which I will begin to construct my HomeKit empire! I might also pick up some Hue White Ambiance bulbs, and maybe some kind of HomeKit weather thing because I'm a weather geek.


macrumors 6502
Jul 12, 2007
This is excellent news. If it's true Nest has hundreds of engineers and still can't ship products, that's on Tony. It's hard to run a big company and even harder to grow a company; you have to give up a lot of the behaviors that made your small company successful. From an observer's standpoint, it looks as though Tony wanted the control over development process like a Jobs would have, but he apparently never learned the subtle ways that Steve gave up control to give him time to focus on the elements that were important. Such as shipping.

Nest is going to get awesome. I hope Tony finds something he can apply his copious talents at.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 18, 2004
Generally people comment on what a great leader Jobs was and damn near canonize him, yet he was off the rails more often than not and often a less than stellar human being. When someone of similar temperament comes along, who is a far better human in this case, he is looked upon in a lesser light, in spite of the fact that he, arguably, did more than the aforementioned to help the company get to where it is today.
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Feb 9, 2003
nest is really the quintessential:
"has idea.
demonstrates no ability to make a market.
needs bigger players to make a market.
disbands before its begun
kind of company"
is anybody really surprised this guy failed.
he's moving on.
and, oh, a reported" two year roadmap" ? thats not a roadmap. thats called a production plan for slight improvements to currently shipped products.
really enjoyed the comparison to Forstall. not perfect but close.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 7, 2015
He should have stayed at Apple... would have been treated better I'm sure. He's just red meat for their internal blame game of why a smoke alarm and a thermostat didn't sell in the billions...
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