They didn't involve a closed-loop gadget, however, instead using software that integrated with existing home tech. Is a cool gadget the answer? If so, it may not be surprising that its creator also brought us the iPod. Tony Fadell is founder and CEO of Nest, which he started after leading the design team that developed the iPods and the first three generations of iPhones. "Together with the team, co-founder Matt Rogers and I set out to reinvent the thermostat using advanced technologies, high-quality manufacturing processes and the thoughtful design elements the iPhone generation has come to expect," Fadell says in a company news release announcing Nest.