Jan 24, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: Nest's big hire

Nest, the maker of connected home devices, has hired back Yoky Matsuoka, who previously the company's VP of technology from 2010 to 2015, as Bloomberg reported and Matsuoka confirmed on LinkedIn.

She's an accomplished robotics expert and helped found GoogleX, the Alphabet's experimental division. Matsuoka recently left Apple, where she worked on health-related projects, after only six months.

Why now? Her arrival at Nest is some sorely-needed good news for the company.

  • Nest made headlines in early 2014 when it sold to Google's parent company for $3.2 billion, but it's had some rough times since then.
  • Last year, co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell (also known as the "father of the iPod") left the company after scathing reports exposed staff frustrations with his management style.
  • Nest's development and release of new products has also reportedly frustrated its parent company, which has since taken to building its own home connected devices.

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Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.