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Nest co-founder Tony Fadell quits after Google relationship reportedly sours

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Tony Fadell, the founder and CEO of Nest is leaving the company he built.

Fadell, an engineer credited in part with the early success of the iPod, is leaving two-and-a-half years after the Google paid $3.2 billion to take the reins of his smart home company.

The brains behind the Nest Learning Thermostat will remain at Alphabet as an advisor to CEO Larry Page, but it appears his day-to-day involvement at the company is over.

In a post on the Nest blog, Fadell wrote: “While there is never a perfect time to transition, we’ve grown Nest to much more than a thermostat company. We’ve created a hardware + software + services ecosystem, which is still in the early growth stage and will continue to evolve to move further into the mainstream over the coming years.

The future of Nest is equally as bright given the strong and experienced leadership team in place, as well as the two-year product roadmap we’ve developed together to ensure the right future direction.”

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The departure isn’t exactly shocking given recent reports of a significant culture clash between Nest and Google.

Memes mocking Nest appeared on Google’s internal messaging systems in April, signalling the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two firms.

Fadell will be replaced at the helm by Marwan Fawaz, formerly of Motorola.

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