Nest Thermostat Savings

Nest will now actively save you money

By on June 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Nest will now actively save you money

The Nest thermostat already ticks most of the boxes for a great piece of tech: elegant design, simple user interface, solves an actual problem, isn’t absurdly expensive. But ever since launch, the software has been slowly upgraded to add more features.

This time around, Nest is adding “Time of Savings” to its bag of tricks. Put simply, if you’re on an electricity plan where you pay more at peak hours, your Nest will now actively work to save you money.

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Nest Failure

How Google’s transformation into Alphabet led to Tony Fadell’s ouster

By on June 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

How Google’s transformation into Alphabet led to Tony Fadell’s ouster

When Tony Fadell announced his plan to step down as Nest CEO last week, the news wasn’t all that shocking. Amidst reports that Nest employees were unhappy with Fadell’s managerial style and that key engineers were already eying the door, it recently became clear that Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest was hardly the perfect marriage many initially assumed it would be.

One of the more interesting aspects of Nest’s fall from grace is that the higher ups at Alphabet were none too pleased by the progress, or lack thereof, that Nest was making. What’s more, a new report from The Verge indicates that everything at Nest changed once Google restructured itself as Alphabet this past August.

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Google Nest Failure

Google’s Nest acquisition was more disastrous than we thought

By on June 6, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Google’s Nest acquisition was more disastrous than we thought

On paper, Google’s 2014 acquisition of Nest had all the makings of a perfect marriage. Nest at the time was riding high on the popularity of its Nest Thermostat and was led by Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive credited with dreaming the iPod into existence. Google, meanwhile, was a gargantuan company with the requisite resources to help take Nest to the next level. At the time, it was widely believed that Nest’s Learning Thermostat and smart smoke detector were just the beginning of what promised to be a long line of ingenious products for the home.

In reality, Google’s marriage to Nest was nothing short of a disaster, ultimately culminating with Fadell recently announcing his plan to step down as the CEO of Nest. Over the past two months or so, we’ve seen a growing number of reports paint a grim picture of what life was like at Nest, from stereotypical corporate in-fighting to reports that engineers were extremely frustrated by Fadell’s managerial style.

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Nest CEO Tony Fadell Leaving

Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is leaving his company

By on June 3, 2016 at 4:45 PM.

Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is leaving his company

In a blog post late today, Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell has announced that he’s leaving the company. His departure from the Google-owned company doesn’t mean he’s leaving the family, however — he’s moving on to an advisory role with Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Marwan Fawaz is stepping into Fadell’s role as the CEO of Alphabet. He’s a former exec of Charter, ADT and Motorola Home, so he’s well-positioned to take over the job leading Google’s smart home efforts.

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Google Vs Nest Employee Memes

Google employees hate Nest so much they’re making memes about it

By on April 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

Google employees hate Nest so much they’re making memes about it

As has been observed many times over the past couple of weeks, Google’s acquisition of Nest has basically turned into a giant dumpster fire. In short, Nest’s product portfolio has grown very slowly since its acquisition by Google and its revenues are way below expectations. Additionally, Nest CEO Tony Fadell sounds like a complete nightmare to work for and he’s shown that he’s not afraid to disparage a large number of former employees after they leave the company.

In fact, things have apparently gotten so bad at Nest that Google employees routinely generate memes that mock the company and send them around the office, as a new report from Re/code shows. More →

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Tony Fadell Nest

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:20 PM.

Tony Fadell went to a Google meeting to assure them Nest isn’t a sinking ship

Over the past few weeks, a number of varied reports have painted an unflattering portrait of life at Nest. In addition to a challenging and perhaps impossibly demanding and harsh working environment, we’ve also seen indications that Google has been none too pleased with the level of revenue Nest has been bringing in.

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Google Nest Acquisition

Google’s failed Nest buy underscores wisdom behind Apple’s acquisition strategy

By on April 12, 2016 at 3:21 PM.

Google’s failed Nest buy underscores wisdom behind Apple’s acquisition strategy

When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion back in January of 2014, many tech observers lamented that Apple didn’t swoop in and acquire the company first. Indeed, many were quick to exclaim that Apple was missing out on a tremendous opportunity. And at first blush, such arguments were persuasive.

At the time, there was still an air of novelty surrounding Nest. In a relatively short period of time, Nest managed to revitalize, if not kickstart, the notion of a connected home. More than that, the company’s Nest Thermostat was seemingly something that could have come out of Apple’s own design lab. Not only was the product sleek and easy on the eyes, it impressively managed to simplify something as boring and cumbersome as home temperature automation.

The parallels to Apple were clear.

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Nest To Shut Down Revolv

Nest angers customers with planned shutdown of Revolv, may offer affected users compensation

By on April 5, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

Nest angers customers with planned shutdown of Revolv, may offer affected users compensation

Nest has been in the news quite a bit lately and the company just can’t seem to catch a break. Amidst reports that the company is still struggling to prove its worth following its 2014 sale to Google for $3.2 billion, Nest has reportedly angered customers with the planned shutdown of an automation hub called Revolv. As a quick refresher, Nest acquired Revolv back in late 2014.

What’s has particularly infuriated customers who use Revolv hardware is that Nest isn’t just planning to phase out support for the device, it’s planning on rendering all active Revolv automation hubs in use effectively useless. And hardly a cheap investment, Revolv previously sold for $300.

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Nest's Toxic Working Environment

Anonymous Nest engineer rips into the company, details toxic working environment

By on April 5, 2016 at 1:55 PM.

Anonymous Nest engineer rips into the company, details toxic working environment

There’s something brewing over at Nest and it ain’t pretty. Though once one of Google’s more promising acquisitions, the company that helped put a friendly face on devices like thermostats and smoke alarms has reportedly lost its way. Not only has the company been unable to come up with any new type of innovative hardware, recent reports indicate that the Alphabet subsidiary is practically bleeding money while continuing to lose key talent.

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Google's Nest Acquisition

Even Google views its Nest acquisition as a disappointment

By on March 31, 2016 at 5:57 PM.

Even Google views its Nest acquisition as a disappointment

When Google in early 2014 generously opened up its wallet and forked over $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, it ostensibly appeared to be a brilliant, albeit expensive, acquisition. At the time, Nest was riding high on the popularity of its Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke alarm. With two hit products right out of the gate, the future of Nest looked remarkably bright.

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Nest CEO Fadell Vs Dropcam Founder Google

It’s hard to overstate how much of a disaster Nest has been for Google

By on March 29, 2016 at 4:56 PM.

It’s hard to overstate how much of a disaster Nest has been for Google

Last week, we learned that Google’s decision to buy Nest back in 2014 has been an unmitigated disaster. In short, Nest’s product portfolio has grown very slowly since its acquisition by Google and its revenues are way below expectations. Additionally, Nest CEO Tony Fadell sounds like a complete nightmare to work for and he’s shown that he’s not afraid to disparage a large number of former employees after they leave the company. In particular, Fadell absolutely ripped into several Dropcam employees who left the company not long after it was acquired by Nest by saying that they “were not as good as we’d hoped.”

Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy has now fired back at Fadell with an absolutely blistering Medium post that takes him to task for his overall management style. More →

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Google Nest Acquisition Tony Fadell

It sounds like buying Nest has been a total disaster for Google

By on March 24, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

It sounds like buying Nest has been a total disaster for Google

Back when Google bought Nest in 2014, many people expected great things to come from the partnership. More than two years later, however, the Nest acquisition is looking like an abject disaster for Google, as a new report from The Information makes clear. The short of it is that Nest’s product portfolio has grown very slowly since its acquisition by Google and its revenues are way below expectations. But that doesn’t tell the whole story — there are a lot of juicy details in the piece that really paint a picture of total dysfunction between Nest and Google. More →

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Google Nest Thermostat Price Features

Google’s third-gen Nest thermostat is here: Same price, smarter software

By on September 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Google’s third-gen Nest thermostat is here: Same price, smarter software

Google quietly released its third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat on Tuesday. The device is smart enough to learn what you like, and should pay for itself during its lifetime while helping you cut down on your energy bill. More →

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