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Podcast: Analyzing The Smart Home Landscape With Nate Williams of August

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Podcast: Analyzing The Smart Home Landscape With Nate Williams of August

Download Lots going on in smart home, so we decided to catch up with one of the smartest guys in the space to talk about what exactly is going on. We talk about:-The iControl acquisition by Comcast and Alarm.com-The history of the smart home platforms space -The next wave of smart home platforms post iControl-Marwan Fawaz and his history at ADT, Google and what to expect at Nest-The latest from August-What excites Nate in smart home-Plus more! You can find Nate on Twitter at twitter.com/naywilliams Find Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/michaelwolf Find more Smart Home Shows at www.thesmarthomeshow.com

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Will Alphabet Sell Nest?

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Yesterday I wrote about what I viewed as the most likely scenario for Nest under its new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, which is to focus on shipping some of the products under development and transition the division to paid consumer services. It should go without saying, however, that there are lots of other scenarios to consider, one of which is selling the company.  This is exactly the scenario explored in an interesting post over at Ars Technica published yesterday. The post is a good wrap up of many of the issues the company experienced under Tony Fadell, including Nest's inability to...

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How Marwan Fawaz, Cable and Home Security Exec, Could Reshape Nest And The Entire Smart Home Market

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Friday's announcement by Tony Fadell that he was leaving Nest shook the foundations of not only the smart home space, but the broader tech industry. And with good reason. While I will probably write a longer post at some point looking at the long arc of Fadell's Nest story, for now I'll look at who Marwan Fawaz is and what his arrival means for Nest and the broader smart home space. Be forewarned, this is a long post, but for those TLDR types, basically I will argue that this move marks a big change for Nest, possibly Google, and perhaps the biggest...

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

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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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Three to One? Comparing The Early Shipments of Amazon Echo and Nest Thermostat

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know by now that the Amazon Echo is white hot. Just how hot has been somewhat of a mystery, but now thanks to research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, we now have something of an idea: about 3 million units hot to be exact (well, maybe not exact*).  Assuming this number is roughly in the ballpark, consider this: This is about three times the amount of learning thermostats that Nest sold by the time the company had sold itself to Google. Not bad for a new category, is it? Now I've written why I think the...

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