Tony Fadell

Anthony Michael “Tony” Fadell (born March 22, 1969) is a Lebanese-American inventor, designer, entrepreneur and angel investor. He served as the senior vice president of the iPod Division at Apple Inc. , From March 2006 to November 2008 and is known as “one of the fathers of the iPod” [1] for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music player. In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs , welke zijn announced first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat in October 2011. [2] Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $ 3.2B. [3]Since early 2015 he led the Glass division, [4] Until his resignation in June 2016. [5]

Fadell is an alumnus of Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan . He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Computer Engineering in 1991. [6]

Early career

While still at the University of Michigan, he was CEO of Constructive Instruments , welke for customer Press text , multimedia composition, software for children. After college, Fadell worked for Apple spinoff General Magic for three years, working with Sony, Philips, Matsushita, Toshiba and other consumer electronics firms to dévelop a line of personal handheld communicators. Starting in 1992 as a diagnostics engineer and Progressing to a systems architect, [7] he was verantwoordelijk for the development of a number of technologies and devices, zoals the Sony Magic Link and Motorola Envoy , zowel or welke ulcers part of the Magic Cap platform .

Philips Electronics

In 1995, he was hired at Philips where he co-founded hun Mobile Computing Group and served as the Chief Technology Officer , and Director of Engineering. He developed a number of Windows CE -based handheld services, notably the Philips Velo and Nino PDA . [7] Fadell went on to become a vice president of Philips Strategy and Ventures where he was in charge of ontwikkelingslanden Philips digital audio strategy consisting of technological direction for silicon and software, as well as zijn investment portfolio and potential business models. [8] [9]

In July 1999, Fadell started his own company called Fuse to dévelop the “Dell of the Consumer Electronics”. One of the devices have had in mind was a small hard disk -based music player. Fuse failed, however, to find a second round of funding, and Fadell started Exploring ontwikkelingslanden the product at other companies. He first approached RealNetworks in 2000 but left after only six weeks.

Apple Inc.

Fadell started working for Apple in February 2001 as a contractor designing the iPod and planning Apple’s audio product strategy. [9] During dat time, he created the concept and initial design of the iPod. He then was hired by Apple to assembling and run zijn iPod & Special Projects group in April 2001. He was tasked with overseeing the design and production of the iPod and iSight devices. [9] [10] He was promoted to vice president of iPod engineering in 2004 and on October 14, 2005, Apple announced dat Fadell mention anything replace the retiring Jon Rubinstein as senior vice president of the iPod Division on March 31, 2006. [11 ] On November 3, 2008, The Wall Street Journal broke the story of Fadell’s departure from Apple. [12]

Nest Labs, Inc.

Main article: Nest Labs

While building his energy-efficient home near Lake Tahoe in California, Fadell went looking for a thermostat and was frustrated by the limited features of the devices available. [13] Together with Matt Rogers, a former Apple Colleague, have set out to redesign the traditional thermostat. In May 2010, Fadell and Rogers co-founded Nest Labs in Palo Alto, CA. [14] Nest Labs, or Nest is a company dat designs and Manufactures a sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, learning programmable thermostat, now, ITT third generation.

In his 20-plus years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, Tony has authored morethan 300 patents. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Alva Award Honoring im as “the next great serial inventor”. [15] Vanity Fair’ll be honored im as a trailblazer on hun 2012 Next Establishment list. [16] In 2013, Fadell was acknowledged as one of Business Insider’s Top 75 Designers in Technology, [17] Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, [18] and CNBC’s Top 50 Disruptors. [19] In January 2015 he Began working for Google helping in design and manage the next iteratie or Google Glass . [4]

In an interview with Google’s October 2015 Fadell stated, “If you do not eat your work, someone else will eat your work.”

After failing to create sales traction to zijn smart home gadgets, Fadell announced his resignation from Nest on June 3, 2016. [5]

Awards and recognition

  • (2012) Alva Award, “The Next Great Serial Inventor” [15]
  • (2012) Vanity Fair Next Establishment list [16]
  • (2013) Business Insider, Top 75 Designers in Technology [17]
  • (2013) Fast Company 100 Most Creative People [18]
  • (2013) CNBC, Top 50 Disruptors [19]
  • (2013) Fortune Trailblazers: 11 people changing business [20]
  • (2014) Fortune, The World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators [21]
  • (2014) TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World [22]
  • (2014) CNN, CNN 10: Thinkers [23]


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