The smart home company, Nest which worked as a separate Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary for the past three years rejoined Google to battle competitors and to work on its hardware products. The day after the tech mammoth announced this, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers disclosed that he would be exiting the company.
The story was first reported by CNET, and then swiftly confirmed by Rogers on Twitter.
In a series of tweets, he said “After almost nine incredible, intense years working to build Nest, I've 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 the coming months, 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.”
“Nest has been an amazing journey and the honor of my career to build. Together with the Nest team and our partners, we've helped save over 19 billion kWh of energy, helped save a number of lives -- both human and pets -- with Nest Protect, and helped families feel more safe at home with Nest Secure and Nest Cam. And along the way, we managed to build the leading brand in the connected home space. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished and can't wait to see what's next for Nest.”
A renowned trailblazer in the arena of smart home devices, Nest is known for its eponymous thermostat and smoke detector and Nest Cam smart security camera lines. Rogers was the co-founder as well as the chief product officer at Nest.
Nest would surely feel a void, with Matt Rogers exit and his shoes would certainly be tough to fill in.