VIDEO: Fireside chat with Nest Founder Tony Fadell & David Rowan

Every day we’re featuring one of your favourite talks from this year’s event as part of our Summit Speaker Series. With over 300 speakers to choose from there’ll be wide range of topics covered, with in-depth insight from our incredible array of experts.

In honour of Nest’s recent $3.2 billion acquisition by Google, we bring you the Summit’s Fireside Chat with David Rowan and Tony Fadell (Founder & CEO of Nest Labs). A huge congratulations to Tony and the team on their fantastic achievement, following their participation in the Summit’s STARTglobal program this year.

Watch Tony’s talk on why “the iPod guy” started making thermostats, the internet of things, and more below. You can watch all the talks from the Summit here, and apply for a 2-for-1 voucher for the Summit 2014 here.


Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell is the Founder and CEO of Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Prior to Nest, Tony served as SVP of Apple’s iPod division, reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone.

Before joining Apple, Tony was co-founder, CTO and director of engineering of the Mobile Computing group at Philips Electronics. He architected the award-winning Velo and Nino PDAs and later became VP of business development for Philips U.S. Strategy and Ventures, managing its digital music strategy and investments.

Web Summit Tony Fadell


David Rowan

David Rowan is Editor of WIRED UK, the technology and trends magazine covering online brands, gadgets and the culture that surrounds them. David has reported on technology for The Times and Channel 4 News, the latter requiring him to illustrate the new iPod Video from the set of a porn shoot. He’s also written for The Sunday Times and Telegraph Magazines, and edited the Guardian’s on-line content. David has curated an exhibition of British creative talent at the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. He has also addressed the TEDs, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He also writes a monthly column for GQ.

David Rowan

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