Google recently purchased the company Nest, the smart thermostat and smoke detector, for a reported $3.2 billion in cash.
Nest was founded by two Apple employees, Tony Fadell and Mark Rogers. At Apple, Tony was renowned as one of the "godfathers" of the iPod and Mark designed the software the iPod ran on.
But what is interesting is that Mark took a huge risk to leave an amazing company like Apple to pursue the startup Nest with no guarantee it would be a success. Mark said, "It was honestly probably the hardest decision of my life. Apple was my dream job. I was making tons of money. The stock was on the craziest ride of all time ... my family told me not to do it. My friends told me not to do it, said 'you're crazy." Mark's risk paid off and Nest netted him and Tony a payday that everyone dreams of. Want to build your tech skills and do something big? We offer Weeklong Summer Tech Camps for Kids & Teens, and Teen-Only Summer Programs (2-Weeks).
Mark is the perfect example that if you don't take risks in your life you will never know what could have been. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." - Mark Twain
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