• Build

  • An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
  • By: Tony Fadell
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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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Awesome

A great book with loads of insights! Audio book is well read and understandable, will keep coming back!

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  • blair kirkpatrick
  • 07-30-22

Whatever you want to build - read this book!

One of the best books I have read in years. It is marketed as a "mentor in a book" and it really delivers.
As an engineer at a biotech startup I get exposure to a lot of the different aspects that make up a fledgling business. The pace is furious. There is not always a lot of time to learn and to ask questions. Even when there is time it is hard to actually know what are the right questions to ask.
In this book Tony takes care of all that. The book is broken down into different sections focussed on "Building X"; you build yourself, you build a team, etc, but the core theme (at least for me) was this: if you care about building something great then you need learn, learn, learn. That's where your energy should be. If you can get a mentor and / or coach then that is even better; if you don't have coaches in your life then at least you can have this book!
Check it out - you will not regret it!

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  • Kwabena
  • 07-26-22

Astonishing product book

I never would have thought that I could come across a book that gives you so much insight about building consumer electronic products. Having a business and what it’s like being an entrepreneur, CEO, and managing different departments, and innovations. Tony Fadell experience with Steve jobs and his associations with big tech firms in Silicon Valley has really blow my mind. He really built revolutionary products but was also honest about his many failed attempts and mistakes. But eventually he turned it all around and made a global impact on people lives. Great book written by an amazing person!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-26-22

Perfect for juniors

couldn't complete it, it's tips for people who don't have previous experience at work or have a few. recommended for freshly graduated students or juniors

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-22

Typically American

The guy has achieved a lot, but he certainly wants you to know it. it's read by an annoying American typical Jock, and is largely about how rich and successful the writer has been.
Not a lot to learn here.

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  • Quan M. Ngo
  • 07-17-22

Just little introductory info of many topics

It's not going to help you much in building a great product if you're already building things

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  • Mgqtv
  • 07-01-22

Truly a mentor in a box

A captivating book that has truly changed my thinking and pushed me to do more and push for greatness. Tony's valuable insights from his time at General Magic, Apple & Nest are not only fascinating, but invaluable lessons for anyone toying with the idea of starting a company.

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  • Angel Gonzalez
  • 06-19-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-22

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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  • max
  • 06-07-22

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
  • 06-01-22

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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  • Anne Martin
  • 07-11-22

brilliant, smart, funny

made me think, made me laugh, recommend for anyone, even if not building a business

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  • Ty
  • 06-29-22

The book I didn’t know I needed to much

This was exactly the book I needed to give me more clarity and direction. It opened up doors and knowledge to specifics within the industry; things I always wanted to know but didn’t know how to find out. Thank you Tony

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  • Annelies Powell-Reymer
  • 06-03-22

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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  • Patrick
  • 05-18-22

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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  • Adam
  • 05-16-22

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.