Tony Fadell, a key Apple employee who was part of the group which developed the wildly successful iPod and iPhone, has left the company The New York Times reports. Why is that a big deal to green technology, you might ask? Because, buried in the story about his departure, is a little nugget stating Mr. Fadell is “moving on to advise companies and pursue private investments with a focus on green technology.” Wowsers!
To think – the man who helped make the iPod what it is today plans to step into the developing consumer green technology space to lend his experience to it. As Earth2Tech puts it, “green technology will soon be getting a player with a pedigree born out of one of the most successful gadgets of all time.” There are definitely some great green gadgets out there already, but Mr. Fadell’s entrance into this space could bring it an additional creative mind that further breaks down the barrier for mainstream adoption of creative, interesting devices which are eco-focused.
A little background on Mr. Fadell, courtesy of Wikipedia: a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1991 with a BS in Computer Engineering; started his own company Fuse in the 90s to develop innovative consumer electronics – this company ultimately did not survive but he found his way to Apple; hired in April 2001 to run the iPod group.
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