Father of iPod Tony Fadell Says He Wishes Steve Jobs Could Have Seen Nest Thermostat

Father of iPod Tony Fadell Says He Wishes Steve Jobs Could Have Seen Nest Thermostat

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Nest founder Tony Fadell has shared some of his experiences and anecdotes from when he worked at Apple along side Steve Jobs. Fadell is known as the 'father of the iPod' and now works at Google after the company acquired Nest Labs.

Fadell first started at Apple in 2001 as a consultant and made his to SVP of the iPod division in 2006. He recalls working with Steve Jobs, and how at times he would have to 'quit' to get his way into business decisions at the company.

Legend has it that Jobs periodically fired Fadell. In fact, Fadell says, he repeatedly quit. One time, after key members of his iPod team had been raided for another Apple project, Fadell informed Jobs he was done, and the CEO asked him to stay, telling Fadell he was overreacting. “I said, ‘I’m not overreacting.’ I told him I was out. If you didn’t stand up for yourself, no one else would.” (Fadell says he recanted at least two resignations, having gotten his way each time.)

The relationship between then two mimicked father/son and school principal/naughty student, notes Fadell.

“He thought I asked too many questions,” says Fadell. “I would just keep asking, ‘Well, what about that? What about that?’ And he’d say, ‘Enough already.’ It would frustrate him. But then he’d ask me a ton of questions, and he could frustrate me, and I’d be like, ‘Steve, leave me alone.’"

Fadell launched a stealth startup in 2010 that eventually lead to the Nest learning thermostat. Unfortunately, Jobs was very ill when Nest was about to launch. When Fadell was almost ready to share more, Jobs died several weeks later.

By the time Fadell was ready to share more in the summer of 2011, however, Jobs had grown gravely ill, and he died several weeks later. “I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didn’t work,” he says. Jobs presumably would have been proud of Fadell. And he almost certainly would have asked a lot of questions.

Google would go on to acquire Nest for $3.2 billion in cash and 100 former Apple employees.

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Father of iPod Tony Fadell Says He Wishes Steve Jobs Could Have Seen Nest Thermostat

Bugged Out - June 13, 2014 at 1:28pm
I'll bet he's glad Jobs didn't see the buggy crap Nest makes and the sell out to Google.
Whatdidyousay - June 13, 2014 at 6:14am
Ugh he what said but I did . For real dude what did you say?
Nat - June 12, 2014 at 10:39pm
We get it about Steve and all but why does any of this matter nowadays? Apple's in his work now but still.