Tony Fadell said it was his idea to leave the maker of digital versions of thermostats, smoke detectors and other common household products.
Source: Nest Leader and Co-Founder Leaving After 6 Years at Helm – The New York Times
Mitch’s Quick Take: Having known Tony since he was a young engineer at General Magic, I think Google never found a way to harness his talents. He says in the article that he is in at the beginning of a lot of projects, however the Nest acquisition never gave the impression it was intended to explode old approaches to search at Google. There was a vast opportunity to grab in-home share.
Walmart announced plans Friday to team up with Uber and Lyft on a pilot grocery delivery program, in a fresh challenge by the US retail giant to Amazon.
Source: Walmart to partner with Uber, Lyft on delivery
One of Immelt’s earliest and strongest supporters on the board is Arianna Huffington, said sources, but he is also the top choice of several directors. Others still undecided — including Benchmark, which has weakened its status because of the lawsuit and ensuing publicity — have become convinced that Uber needs to hire someone who can quickly deal with a number of pressing and problematic issues and consider Immelt fully capable of handling that well.
Source: Jeff Immelt has emerged as the front-runner to become Uber’s CEO – Recode
Vertical integration in local on-demand is underway.
Grubhub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB), the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company, and Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the leader in connecting people with great local businesses, today announced a long-term partnership designed to capitalize on each company’s unique assets and propel online takeout and delivery. As part of the agreement, Grubhub will acquire Yelp’s Eat24 business and Yelp will integrate online ordering from all Grubhub restaurants onto its extensive local goods and services platform.
Source: Grubhub, Inc. – Grubhub and Yelp Announce Long-term Partnership to Connect Consumers with the Best Food Ordering Options
Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new software brings it within reach for anyone with a website.
Source: Web developers, meet WebGazer: software that turns webcams into eye-trackers – TechWorld
Connecting devices is just the first act in an Internet of Things production. The magic happens when analytics transform data into business intelligence. CIOs need to play a role.
Source: Making IoT magic | CIO
Google’s recent developer event revealed details about how the search giant is thinking about the future. Columnist Chris Marentis shares tips on how local businesses can learn how to be found in the environment that’s taking shape.
Source: The future of voice-related SEO for local business
A panel of investors, educators and analysts will discuss how to convert hours to dollars.
Source: Innovation Salon: Turning Hours To Dollars: The On-Demand Economy | Hoodline