Tony Fadell, the creator of the Nest home thermostat recently acquired by Google, says his new employees, and not his old pals at Apple, will be responsible for the tech we will rely on in the next decade.
Fadell, who played a big role the creation of the iPod and the first iPhone during his time lengthy and influential spell at Apple, risked further upsetting the company by backing Google as the next great innovator.
Fadell, who sold Nest to in January for $3.2 billion (£1.9bn, AU$3.5bn) told The Sunday Times (subscription): “I don’t know what Apple is working on. When I looked at the technology we are going to need 5-10 years from now, who has that and who is building it, it is Google.”
“This was not a financially driven transaction,” he added. “When you marry for money, it almost never works. We both believe we have something special and we know what it takes to make it happen around the world.”
“I’ve helped to change the world twice with the iPod and the iPhone. I want the chance to do it a third time.”
The Podfather strikes back
Fadell, who earned the nickname ‘the Podfather’ from the late Steve Jobs, before Google made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, has already angered some folks at Apple by joining forces with the arch enemy.
Indeed, it was enough for Apple’s marketing guru Phil Schiller to unfollow Fadell on Twitter after the Google deal was announced.
These latest comments mean he’ll probably get even less Christmas cards postmarked Cupertino from now on.
Oh, and just one more thing. Does a home thermostat, no matter how good it gets, really constitute changing the world or are there a few delusions of grandeur developing here? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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