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'Tony Fadell has made more cool stuff than almost anyone else in the history of Silicon Valley, and in Build he tells us how. This is the most fun - and the most fascinating - memoir of curiosity and invention that I've ever read.'

Malcolm Gladwell,
Host of the
Revisionist History podcast. Author of Outliers and Talking to Strangers.

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'Tony Fadell is one of the world's great experts in starting companies and creating insanely great products. He's distilled his wisdom in this book, providing wildly useful mentorship in a delightfully readable set of stories.'


Walter Isaacson,
Author & Biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein & Leonardo DaVinci

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'Tony Fadell distills his epic career into refreshingly candid, often contrarian advice that you can put into practice right away. Whether you're looking to build a great product, a creative team, a strong culture, or a meaningful career, Tony's guidance will get you thinking and rethinking.'


Adam Grant,
Author of
Think Again & Host of the TED podcast WorkLife

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Super hacks for building a team, building a company [and] how to spot a good idea. All of the chapters are 10/10 solid gold. This book is fantastic. ―
CHRIS EVANS

'Tony Fadell is the legendary technologist, engineer and entrepreneur who's lived so many lives in the pressure-cooker of Silicon Valley bringing visionary ideas into existence, one after another. The chance to now share his insights, instincts and wisdom is essential reading and a precious gift for any inventor hungry to change the world.'


Thomas Heatherwick,
Award Winning Designer & Founder Heatherwick Studio

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About the Author

Tony Fadell started his 30+ year Silicon Valley career at General Magic, the most influential startup nobody has ever heard of. Then he went on to make the iPod and iPhone, start Nest and create the Nest Learning Thermostat. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. He now leads the investment and advisory firm Future Shape, where he mentors the next generation of startups that are changing the world.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam Press (3 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1787634108
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1787634107
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 747 ratings

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Tony Fadell started his 30+ year Silicon Valley career at General Magic, the most influential startup nobody has ever heard of. Then he went on to make the iPod and iPhone, start Nest and create the Nest Learning Thermostat. Throughout his career Tony has authored more than 300 patents. He now leads the investment and advisory firm Future Shape, where he mentors the next generation of startups that are changing the world.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Founder, Product Manager, Start-Up Leader, Investor - this is an essential read.
By Mark Simpson on 8 June 2022
It's hard to summarise how good this book is. It is full of practical tips, fantastic anecdotes and delivered with great storytelling (a key factor for Tony advises for success)

Using Tony’s check list that in order to make a difference companies need to focus on 5 things (abridged):
1. Be humble and flexible, and able to adapt to customer’s needs
2. Deliver something wholly new or deliver in a novel way that competitors can't
3. Solve a real pain point that is relevant to many
4. Execute the vision - in all aspects, not just a product
5. Think about a problem/need in a way customer haven't and makes perfect sense to them when they hear/see/experience it.

Using this approach, here is my assessment of Build:
1. Packed full of humility, reflection, and learning; It is customer, problem and team obsessed. Tony packs in years of advice and hard-earned experience
2. A great combination of stories, practical advice that are wholly engaging and unlock some of the aspects that can enable and inhibit venture and product building. Plus the proceeds from the book will be invested in a climate fund, plus Tony is also committing to a 5x match (up to $25 million) of his personal funds.
3. Entrepreneurship and great product design is hard, really hard – successful practitioners model success, they constant seek to learn – so here’s an opportunity to learn from one of the best
4. The book is great entertainment, great learning – one you won’t want to put down until you finish and will definitely want to return to time and time again. Beyond the content of the book Tony has tried to deliver a fully compostable book – he failed and he’s keen to engage with people that can help him (humility and striving for perfection)
5. The learning is delivered in bite size chunks, nicely delivered in written and pictorial form, lots of links back to relevant sections to glue things together. A book you can read cover to cover, dip in and out of. The learning itself is brilliant, the fact that all proceed from the book are going into the Build Climate Fund to fund climate focused initiatives is fantastic (see https://tonyfadell.com/the-fund/ )

A fantastic opportunity to learn and contribute to a valuable cause.
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