Last week, The Information published a deep dive on why growth has stagnated at the Alphabet-owned smart home company Nest, suggesting that at least part of the onus is on CEO Tony Fadell and his Jobsian leadership style.
Much of the article focuses on tension between Fadell and Greg Duffy—the founder of security camera maker Dropcam, which Nest bought in 2014.
In an interview with The Information, Mr. Fadell blamed the Dropcam team for the problems with the acquisition. “A lot of the employees were not as good as we hoped,” he said. It was “a very small team and unfortunately it wasn’t a very experienced team.”
Yesterday, Duffy—who called Fadell a “tyrant bureaucrat” to his face before quitting—took to Medium to issue what some might call a clapback:
I can’t publish Dropcam’s revenue, but if you knew what percentage of all of Alphabet’s “other bets” revenue was brought in by the relatively tiny 100-person Dropcam team that Fadell derides, Nest itself would not look good in comparison… The ~50 Dropcam employees who resigned did so because they felt their ability to build great products being totally crushed.