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Publisher's Summary

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Tony Fadell led the teams that created the iPod, iPhone and Nest Learning Thermostat and learned enough in over 30 years in Silicon Valley about leadership, design, startups, Apple, Google, decision-making, mentorship, devastating failure and unbelievable success to fill an encyclopaedia.

So that's what this book is. An advice encyclopaedia. A mentor in a box.

Written for anyone who wants to grow at work—from young grads navigating their first jobs to CEOs deciding whether to sell their companies—Build is full of personal stories, practical advice and fascinating insights into some of the most impactful products and people of the 20th century.

Each quick entry builds on the previous one, charting Tony's personal journey from a product designer to a leader, from a startup founder to an executive to a mentor. Tony uses examples that are instantly captivating, like the process of building the very first iPod and iPhone. Every chapter is designed to help listeners with a problem they're facing right now—how to get funding for their startup, whether to quit their job or not or just how to deal with the jerk in the next cubicle.

Tony forged his path to success alongside mentors like Steve Jobs and Bill Campbell, icons of Silicon Valley who succeeded time and time again. But Tony doesn't follow the Silicon Valley credo that you have to reinvent everything from scratch to make something great. His advice is unorthodox because it's old school. Because Tony's learned that human nature doesn't change.

You don't have to reinvent how you lead and manage—just what you make. And Tony's ready to help everyone make things worth making.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Tony Fadell (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

"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 and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Leonardo DaVinci)

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IT’S TIME TO BUILD!

I can’t advise more highly for fellow founders to ditch the news and pick up this EPIC book.

This is exactly what is need led to help us build our way out of a down turn 🙏🏽 #itstimetobuild

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Nothing short of a goldmine

Tony opens Build by pointing out that most business books contain one or two gems hidden in hundreds of pages. Instead he has flipped that equation. You'll find a hard won nugget of gold on the audio equivalent of every page or two sourced from an incredible career full of success and failure.

For me, this has come at just the right time, highlighting many blindspots I would have otherwise had to have struggled through.

He wastes no time and has organised his learnings into chronological order from a young lad in his first job to an experienced founder. It means there is actionable information no matter where you are in your career. I will be referring back to the book many times as my own company and career progresses.

If you need any final convincing, a great preview is his interview with Nilay Patel on the podcast Decoder, the episode is called How big companies kill ideas - and how to fight back.

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The best so far

I loved this book. It has to be the best book I have heard on audible so far. I am already listening to it for a second time.

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  • 19-06-2022

Useful advice for product development

Engaging, interesting, and actionable. Most useful for entrepreneurs and product developers or designers. I strongly recommend.

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  • 16-06-2022

Great listen

Really enjoyed listening to Tony’s perspective and insights from his incredible career. I also found it very inspirational

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  • 07-06-2022

Business book of 2022

I’ve read a lot of business books over the years and this one of the best.

Unlike a lot of business books, this books doesn’t endlessly reiterate common sense and waste your time. Build treats the world of building business (or anything really) like the multi faceted problem it is, there are no right answers and their are a thousand pit falls.

Hearing actionable knowledge from Tony Fadell who created Nest and worked with Apple on the iPhone and iPod is pretty amazing. (Check out the Tim ferris episode if you want more)

Added bonus the narrator was great, I much prefer authors narrating their own work but this is one of the better performances by far.

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  • textlad
  • 01-06-2022

Interesting book with great insights

If you're looking for an interesting business book, this is well worth a listen. Tony Fadell's insights into building products, managing teams & general advice on business are very valuable.

Good narration also makes it easily digestible.

I won't deny that I was a bit disappointed it was not the definitive Tony Fadell autobiography, but it's probably too soon for that given confidentiality commitments.

That said, there were some tantalising nuggets about iPod, iPhone and some of the older Philips products such as the Velo. And the Nest journey of course! The other fascinating dimension is the huge influence that General Magic had on Fadell's career.

I have already recommended it to several people.

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  • Debbiepmr
  • 21-05-2022

Great book

Loved it, easy listening and puts you into a founders shoes and then walks you trough to being a CEO.

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  • Benjamin
  • 16-05-2022

Well worth reading if you are building your own company

…less so to learn more about Tony’s experience working on the iPhone or Nest protect, but that was stated up front. It’s a great book.

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  • 12-05-2022

An Encyclopedia of Tony's experience

Excellent. Well formatted encyclopedia of advice Tony has provided. Great for any professional and at any stage of their career. Depending on the advice you need, certain chapters will be more impactful and some worth skipping or worth listening to to pass on the advice to people starting their career.

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