Thank you, Nest

Three and a half years ago I first heard the pitch for Nest in my office. Tony Fadell and I had been friends and cycling buddies for years. I deeply admired his invention of the iPod and his work on the iPhone and I was eager to hear what he was going to do next. The meeting surprised me. I knew Tony was …

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Help Wanted: Designing the Future

I’m a big believer in the many opportunities afforded by going to a good college. My parents were, too – even though my father never finished high school and my mother’s old-fashioned father forbid her from going. But like many American immigrants, they both strongly believed that…

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Why Apples Don't Grow on Trees

I’m often asked, “What’s another successful design-led company besides Apple?” And I have to pause—not because companies like Ferrari and IKEA aren’t great examples of design-led organizations but because I find myself wondering why Apple dominates popular conversation about design to the extent that it does. After reading Hartmut Esslinger’s “Keep It Simple” and Leander Kahney’s “Jony Ive,” however, it all made sense. What we love about Apple isn’t necessarily the…

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Ok Glass, Mute The Children (#ParentingThroughGlass)

I had a surprising revelation after my first weekend with Google’s internet connected specs: Glass is perfect for parents. After all, who needs hands-free productivity more than a parent? Who has more need for a smart assistant? Who gets more joy from photos of surprising kid moments? Parents! And you could be next: if you have give up your self-respect for the pragmatism of a minivan (I confess I have), you are a prime candidate for Glass.

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The Glass Collective: See More, and Farther

Today we’re unveiling our plan to fund entrepreneurs for a brand new platform – Glass. To do so, we’re forming the Glass Collective with long-time friends at Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. The Collective is an initiative to invest together in startups creating new experiences on Glass.

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