Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy reportedly joins Apple in undisclosed role

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The co-founder and former CEO of the network-connected security camera producer Dropcam, Greg Duffy, has reportedly been hired by Apple for an undisclosed position, with added speculation he could be heading up an unannounced project within the company




The hiring of Duffy has been confirmed to The Information by an Apple spokeswoman, though not what his role will be. Due to his high profile and background, people close to Duffy think he is "likely to be leading a special project," but stopping short of suggesting what it could be.

Duffy is best known for his work at Dropcam, which was acquired by Google for $555 million in 2014. The home monitoring camera firm was incorporated into Nest, another connected home company owned by Google, with technology incorporated into Nest's existing system, and employees moved to Palo Alto, California.

The culture within Nest proved to be an issue for Duffy, leaving it for an Entrepreneur in Residence role within Google in 2015 before departing Google itself later that year. It is thought the intensive micromanagement of staff by former Apple executive Tony Fadell promoted an "atmosphere of fear," according to former Nest employees, forcing some to leave rather than deal with Fadell's "constant barrage of shouting."

It is thought Duffy was affected by the management style, and reportedly called Nest co-founder Fadell a "tyrant bureaucrat."

While his role at Apple is unknown, as is the supposed project, Duffy's background with helping create Dropcam as well as experience at Nest could lend itself to other connected home projects, including Apple's HomeKit framework.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    thrangthrang Posts: 892member
    Was there anything special about the Dropcam technology/ecosystem?
  • Reply 2 of 8
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    Probably gone to car project or ATV team.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    Google is doomed?

    oh it doesn't work that way....
    StrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    cali said:
    Google is doomed?

    oh it doesn't work that way....
    Isn't it "Google wins!"?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,455member
    cali said:
    Google is doomed?

    oh it doesn't work that way....
    Isn't it "Google wins!"?
    And it used to be “Microsoft wins!”
    edited January 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Interesting. According to Gruber, this fella has used his time off from work to learn to fly helicopters and old fighter jets while thinking about his next startup. 

    Seems Apple must be planning something quite big, but I wonder if he'll fit the Apple culture. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,566member
    but but but turn-over only exists within Apple and flows outward...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,608member
    Time to sell Apple stock...
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