I was a bit sad to see that Google bought Nest. I like upstarts that see a problem and solve it. I’m highly in favor of them profiting from doing so. I just don’t want to see Google (or Microsoft, or Apple, or Facebook, or Amazon) buy them all up. I wouldn’t have turned down three billion dollars either, as an owner or an investor, and that is the challenge I guess. I hope some of that money goes to doing good, in the best send of the word.
It was interesting that casual conversation about the event was about the money first (big dollars!) and then immediately to privacy. There are a lot of advantages to being more connected and to having services that mash it all up, but as consumers we just don’t great options for controlling privacy or security.