Uber-innovator Tony Fadell talks prototyping, passion and producing

Uber-innovator Tony Fadell talks prototyping, passion and producing

With more than 100 patents under his belt, from the Sony Magic Link to the iPod to the Nest Learning Thermostat, Tony Fadell is a shining example of a modern inventor – well placed to advise on conceptualising and creating disruptive products.

So what are his tips for the rest of us? For starters, the creative process needs to include constant learning, constant striving to hit new milestones, and constant pushing to ship a product. Then there's the three Ps: passion, presentation and partnership...

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