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Tony Fadell defends his record and work style

Tony Fadell deserves credit for bringing the iPod to life at Apple and ushering in the iPhone. In 2010, he had started Nest Labs to modernize home gadgets and then sold the company to Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion.

Tony Fadell defends his record and work style

For the past two years, Fadell worked tirelessly to shape Google's vision of the connected future and pushing its wares into the loves of the consumers.

After tasting so much success at Google, his exit from the company was rather unceremonious. On Friday, a short statement was released by Google parent Alphabet Inc in which it was mentioned that Fadell will step down immediately as head of its Nest division. Both Alphabet and Fadell tried their best to resolve the matter amicably, but in vain.

Over the past couple of months, several employees of Nest openly complained about the problems inside the company. One engineer took to Reddit with a screed full of personal attacks directed toward Fadell and claims that Nest had failed to achieve its sales targets, botched product upgrades and was not going to launch future products on time.

Dropcam founder Greg Duffy said he committed a mistake by selling the camera startup to Nest in 2014. Duffy said that divisive culture of Nest should be held responsible for an exodus of employees. He also claimed that the products manufactured by Dropcam were much hotter than Nest's gear.

"There is a lot that I could say about my extreme differences on management style with the current leadership at Nest, who seem to be fetishizing only the most superfluous and negative traits of their mentors," Duffy wrote on Medium. "For the sake of the customers and for the talented employees
that remain there, I hope they find a way through these struggles."

For his part, Fadell told that he began thinking about leaving Nest late last year before the public turmoil. He has already invested in about 100 companies and has felt the need to coach these startups.

"Our team was upset. It's been a shock, like, "What? This doesn't reflect our culture. This isn't about us." And then, you know what happens? It galvanized our team. It made them stronger," he told Bloomberg.