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The NextMarket Report — Wink

Podcast: Who's Gonna Buy Wink?

Mike Wolf Apple HomeKit Nest Podcast Quirky Wink

In this episode, Mike wonders who in the heck will buy financially troubled Wink, pauses to appreciate HomeKit's strict security requirements and rambles about Target and Sears's smart home concept stores. This week's episode was brought to you by Soundwall. Find out more about Soundwall at As always, find more Smart Home Shows at You can read Mike's weekly smart home musings at Follow Mike on Twitter for real time conversation about the smart home at Subscribe to the Smart Home Weekly newsletter to get it in your inbox.  Check out the Smart Kitchen Summit, NextMarket's...

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Smart Home Weekly: Apple/Nest, Who'll Buy Wink, Target/Sears Redefining Smart Home Retail

Mike Wolf Apple Ecobee HomeKit Nest Quirky Wink

While I had hoped things would be quiet in the smart home space while on vacation, I wasn't so fortunate. But hey, if you can't take a little time off in July, when can you? I'm back and this week I take a look at Apple's removal of Nest from its stores, speculate on who will buy Wink, pause to appreciate HomeKit's long game focus on security as well as take a look at Target and Sears efforts to redefine smart home retail. And because there were too many stories to write about fully from the past few weeks, I'll link...

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Handicapping Who Will Buy Wink

Mike Wolf Amazon Apple Google Home Depot Quirky Wink

I was on vacation for much of the past few weeks, so I missed this interesting piece by Stacey on Kaufman and Wink.  In some ways, that Kaufman is saying that Wink and Quirky are in trouble is not that surprising. We've heard this before. But this piece goes further, detailing the size of the business, the company's cash problems (they "ran out of money weeks ago"), how they've hired bankers to sell Wink and much more. It's a surprisingly transparent admission of trouble, one that I'm not actually sure will help the company's case. I mean sure, we know you're...

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The Sky Is Not Falling In Smart Home And Here's Why

Mike Wolf Amazon Best Buy Leeo Lowes Nest Startups Wink

Last week I wrote about why I thought the smart home market was in for a shakeout. The piece focused on some of the recent venture-funded startups in the space facing choppy waters and how some early efforts in smart home retail are seeing lackluster demand despite the significant amount of space they've allocated for their "smart home" sections. For those of you who think this is something unique to the smart home space, here's the reality: every new consumer technology market faces market challenges. Like the mobile computing and connected entertainment markets of the last decade or the 3D printing and wearables products of today, markets go...

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Smart Home Weekly: A Week of Reckoning For Hardware Startups

Mike Wolf Apple Arrayent Google Leeo Nest Smart Home Weekly Startups Wink

It's been a tough week in the connected home business, as evidence of a potential shakeout has started to rear its head.  Wink is potentially up for sale, while smart lighting/security company Leeo just had a big round of layoffs. If you don't already know (but I think you do by now), hardware is hard folks. It can eat the best entrepreneurs alive, and in new categories that require market education, it can be doubly treacherous.  I was talking Phil Dumas this week, CEO of Unikey, a company which, perhaps not coincidentally, purposefully avoided becoming a hardware company with its software licensing...

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