Previous Senior VP of iPod Tony Fadell on the Uniqueness of Apple’s Design Process

Previous Senior VP of iPod Tony Fadell on the Uniqueness of Apple’s Design Process

Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell InterviewFadell explained that a key and yet often overlooked difference between Apple and other tech companies is that Apple ships 99% of the products that pass certain internal milestones. By way of contrast, during Fadell’s tenure at Philips – where he was charged with overseeing the company’s audio strategy – the iPod guru noted that Philips would axe 9 projects out of 10, even if a particular product was about to ship.

Fadell says that his superiors at Philips were businessmen who exclusively crunched numbers, and that such a mindset doesn’t promote innovation at all. Let’s hope Apple never goes there.

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