Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Tony Fadell is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat. Prior to Nest, he served as Senior Vice-President of Apple's iPod division, reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod digital music player and the first three generations of the iPhone. Before joining Apple, he was co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Engineering of the Mobile Computing group at Philips Electronics. Fadell architected the award-winning Velo and Nino Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and later became Vice-President of business development for Philips US Strategy and Ventures, managing its digital music strategy and investments. Earlier in his career, he was a hardware and software architect at General Magic where he worked with Sony, Philips, Matsushita, Toshiba and other consumer electronics firms to develop a line of personal handheld communicators. He has authored more than 100 patents. Fadell graduated with a BS in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and was awarded the College of Engineering's alumnus of the year award in 2004.