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The NextMarket Report — MiOS

Smart Home Weekly: Nest Mess, Juicero Debuts, Mars-Whistle & Nortek-MiOS

Mike Wolf Amazon Echo MiOS Nest Nortek

Smart Home Weekly: Nest Mess, Juicero Debuts, Mars-Whistle & Nortek-MiOS

Spring is here and with it it comes a smart home industry that is heating up with news of turmoil, intrigue and strategic investments. Of course, the biggest story over the past few weeks has been the struggles at Nest. The story seems to have a new wrinkle every day, what with employees anonymously posting complaints on Reddit and breathless headlines talking about timebombs. Amidst all the noise, I thought it was time to take a deep look at why what has happened happened, how much of it is due to poor strategic alignment between Fadell and Google's own internal structure and culture, and finally guess where all of...

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Deal Analysis: Nortek Buys 25% of MiOS/Vera

Mike Wolf MiOS Nortek

One of the worst kept secrets over the past year or two among smart home insiders has been that MiOS, the company behind the Vera brand of smart home gear and maker of the white label MiOS software platform for smart home manufacturers, has been looking for new funding or to get acquired. So when I saw the news this week that Nortek had invested in MiOS and picked up 25% ownership in the company, I wasn't so much surprised as intrigued by a partnership between one of the biggest manufacturers of Z-Wave smart home gear and one of the...

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