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Tony Fadell

The Game Has Changed! You Don’t Need Silicon Valley


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Tony Fadell is an amazing and successful engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the father of the iPod, co-creator of the iPhone, founder and former CEO of Nest Thermostat, and the founder of Future Shape, a global investment and advisory company.

In 2014, Tony Fadell was one of the Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He is also a NY Times bestselling author with his book Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Work.

It’s a true pleasure to have Tony on our show and hear how he searched and found his excellence!

(00:25) Leaving the Silicon valley and inventing Nest Thermostat

  • A trip around the world with his family
  • Designing a new home on Lake Tahoe
  • Realized there were no good thermostats to remotely control
  • Nest Thermostat was born in Paris
  • There is no need for Silicon Valley anymore, the game has changed

(05:35) Money as a motivation to start a company

  • It was never about making money, it was about solving a problem
  • Focus on the inventions that fix real problems
  • Your success drastically changed the lives of your employees

(10:14) Steve Jobs and when is the time to quit

  • Book mention: Tony Fadell, Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Work
  • Working for Steve – one of the most important things in his life
  • Rumors about Steve Jobs – just rumors
  • Steve cared about customers and products
  • he demanded excellence
  • he wasn’t going after people for no reason
  • When is the time to quit?
  • when you don’t grow anymore
  • when you work for someone you don’t respect
  • when you work in a team with serious flaws
  • If you’re working for an jerk, do you quit?

(18:32) The importance of Extreme Preparation

  • What is Extreme Preparation for Tony?
  • VC pitch meetings
  • TED talks

(21:10) The importance of mentors in search of excellence

  • Everyone needs a mentor
  • The best mentors know human nature
  • Coaches are something different

(24:25) Fill in the blank to Excellence

  • When I started my career I wish I had known – more about understanding the customer
  • The biggest lesson I learned in my life – when to say no and say it more often
  • No. 1 professional goal – to help people and mentor them
  • The greatest innovation in the next 50 year – Artificial Intelligence

Resources Mentioned:
Nest Thermostat: https://store.google.com/us/product/nest_thermostat
Apple: https://www.apple.com/
Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, Tony Fadell: https://www.amazon.com/Build-Unorthodox-Guide-Making-Things/dp/0063046067

Sandee – https://sandee.com/
Bliss: Beaches – https://www.amazon.com/Bliss-Beaches-Randall-Kaplan/dp/1951836170/

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