The battle for the home: Why Nest is really Google’s new smart home division

Guess who’s now the leader in the connected-home space? Google’s 3.2 billion dollar acquisition of Nest made it one of the few companies that’s not just talking about the “Internet of things” but actually shipping products that deliver on the promise of the connected home. Now that the dust has settled and the news of the acquisition has had some time to sink in, it’s time to take a look at what Google might have in store for the company.

Google’s Smart Home Division

One of the most important bits of news to come out of the acquisition was found in The Verge’s interview with Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest. Fadell gave us a little peek into just how high up he is at Google now:

The Verge: Where do you and [co-founder] Matt [Rogers] report? What’s your relationship with Google?
Tony Fadell: I report directly to Larry [Page] and Matt reports directly to me.

That information is huge—of Google’s 40,000+ employees, only a special handful directly report to Larry Page. The ones we know of are Alan Eustance, head of Knowledge (Search and Google Now); Sridhar Ramaswamy and Susan Wojcicki, who jointly head Advertising and Commerce; Salar Kamangar, head of YouTube and Video; Sundar Pichai, head of Android, Chrome & Apps; and Vic Gundotra, head of Social (Google+). Numerous reports peg these people as members of the fabled “L Team”—Larry Page’s inner circle. Each person is a Senior Vice President in charge of a major product division at Google, and all are plainly laid out on Google’s Management Team page as “senior management.”

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via Ars Technica

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