Nest Co-Founder Tony Fadell Leaving the Company

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    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    In a blog post, Fadell says he has decided the time is right to "leave the Nest," a decision that was originally made late last year.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.
    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.
    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.

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    annnnnnnnd.......going where? maybe i don't understand the relevance of the article...
     
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    Best thing for the company really. Fadell seems like he had all of the temper issues and more that Steve had but without any of the genius.
     
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    He's emulating Steve Jobs. He gets fired ...he's going to start another startup and will be acquired by Google and he'll return to the fold victorious.
     
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    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.
     
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    Tim, did you hear that?
     
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    It's been a slow news month.
     
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    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.
     
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    I would bet there are not too many tears being shed at Nest over this news.

    Nest products have all of the arrogance of Apple but 1/2 the utility.
     
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    An ex employee of Apple is changing job, with no information about his next job. Exciting!
     
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    Seems like corporate speak for he was asked to resign because he( or the products ) missed performance expectations.
     
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    Might as well give up on your career if Google Glass is in your portfolio.
     
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    and "The Thing" and every uncanny valley image ever
     
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    I'm sure there were many office celebrations in Mt. View with his departure.
     
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    He's going to disrupt retirement houses sector. Forever!
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    I know. Hopefully that'll change from the 13th!!
     
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    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.
     
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    I worry about those who don't get the relevance.
     
  25. JimmyHook macrumors 6502a

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    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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