In the endless soap opera that is the technology sector, the tension between results and vision often figures in as a central theme. As a company grows, traditionally speaking, processes get implemented in order to promote efficiency. So-called "industry best practices" become a shorthand way for people to plug in a response to a given business situation, eliminating the need to consciously evaluate the decision at hand. This, and behaviors like this that occur when a large social congregation gets behind a common objective, erode freedom of thought with the might of groupthink. Companies become process driven, risk averse, and populated with enablers -- an environment entirely antithetical to the prerequisites for true innovation.
The saga of Nest Labs bears this thematic element, as may the larger story of their parent company, Alphabet.
Founded in 2010 by former Apple engineers on the team behind the original iPod, Nest originally set out simply to update something that sorely needed an update: the common wall-mounted thermostat. This product, as well as newer iterations of the Nest smart thermostat, accomplished just that. Over the ensuing years, hype over Nest grew at breakneck pace, culminating in Google's Nest acquisition for $3.2 billion in January of 2014.
The next few years at Nest proved disappointing for most involved. A $555 million acquisition of Dropcam resulted in animosity between Nest CEO Tony Faddell and Dropcam's founder, with the latter walking off the team as a result. Faddell was noted for a hands-on and sometimes uncompromising approach to management, and blamed his eventual firing on Alphabet's allegedly uncompromising approach to securing financial results.
The drama unfolded in typical fiery SIlicon Valley fashion, with Nest remaining at Alphabet, sans Faddell. One source attests to the acquisition merely resulting in a "quadrupling of (Nest's) size and no results", certainly not the desired result of a multi-billion dollar purchase. As the Alphabet experiment continues to unfold, and the Valley's most prolific acquirer continues its rampant speculation on all things futuristic, humanity will learn whether there truly can be freedom and growth within order in a large scale innovation operation.
This is what thermostats should have been all along, simple, elegant, and they do exactly what I expect...
Hands down, the best thermostat out there. Grab a first generation if you can still find one.This is a little thicker, but it uses the same software as latter models.
This is a great product, love the android and web interface. Makes it so easy to adjust the temperature while i am out and before i head home.
Learning feaures. Wifi. Automatic updates. Display. Phone and tablet control apps. Energy summaries.
My husband just installed this the other day. Very easy to install and operate. Love being able to adjust it from my smart phone. Great on those cold mornings...
Does what it says. Easy to read, easy to adjust, reliable.
Love this thermostat, yes its way more expensive, but its a one time expense and if you dont want a typical thermostat, its amazing...
This is a very superior product in this category.
It is amazing! The design is gorgeous and the ability to use nest away from home is incredible...