Amazon Gets Serious About Voice-Activated Smart Thermostats, Investing in Ecobee

By [email protected] Smart thermostat maker ecobee picked up another $61 million this week in a Series C round led by Energy Impact Partners.

Other participants in the round include the Amazon Alexa Fund, Relay Ventures and Thomvest. Ecobee has raised $146 million over the last decade. This is the second time that Amazon’s Alexa Fund has invested in ecobee.

Ecobee claims to have captured one-third of the smart thermostat market, citing figures from NPD Group.

The thermostat company’s secret sauce: voice.

The deal hints at a coming shift in the energy-smart home space, where intelligent thermostats are popular but the business models are still evolving. Ecobee

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