A day after Google announced that Nest will join forces with its hardware teams instead of operating separately under Alphabet, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers and chief product officer Matt Rogers announced he’ll be leaving the company.
It’s been a little more than four years since Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, and now both co-founders have left the company. Former CEO Tony Fadell departed in 2016 to be replaced by former cable exec Marwan Fawaz, and now Matt Rogers has also decided to leave. In a tweet, Rogers said that after nine years spent building Nest he’s “decided to begin my transition to dedicate more of my time to Incite.org, as well as to start thinking about the next adventure.”
In a statement, Rogers said “I’ll be working closely with Google’s Hardware leads to define the 2019 roadmap and to ensure a smooth integration of Nest into Google’s Hardware group.”
While Rogers specifically cited spending more time working on his venture firm Incite, the timing comes as Google takes more control over the “thoughtful home” products Nest sells.
After the acquisition, Fadell promised not to force any privacy changes and the company’s FAQ notes that its accounts aren’t linked with Google. Privacy concerns also reportedly got in the way of an Echo-like assistant from Nest a few years ago, but now Google Home and Assistant can control Nest devices, and with the teams merging we’d anticipate seeing more integration going forward. As Osterloh put it “By working together, we’ll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a home that’s safer, friendlier to the environment, smarter and even helps you save money—built with Google’s artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core.”
Nest is a noted pioneer in the world of the smart home devices, with its eponymous thermostat and smoke detector and Nest Cam smart security camera lines. The space has become an increasingly important one for Google as the company has expanded its reach with its Home line of hardware products.
Until yesterday, Google maintained Nest as an independent entity of sorts, with “separate management team, brand and culture,” according to the company’s site.