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Amazon Invests in Tado, a German Smart Thermostat Company

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Amazon has invested in German smart thermostat maker tado°, increasing its exposure to smart home technology businesses, having acquired smart doorbell and security companies Ring and Blink, and invested in smart thermostat company, Ecobee.

tado°'s press release follows:

tado° raises USD 50m in new financing round

Munich-based Tado raised around $50m (£39m) in the round, with backers including Amazon, E.On, Total Energy Ventures, Inven Capital, Energy Innovation Capital and the European Investment Bank.

tado°, the leader in intelligent home climate management, attracts USD 50m in international investment from Amazon, E.ON, Total Energy Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, Inven Capital, the European Investment Bank and others to bring total funding to USD 102m. The new investment will be used to strengthen its position with best-in-class products and to extend its service offerings.

Driving a fast-growing market

Around 30% of globally-consumed energy is used for the heating and cooling of buildings.* tado° is one of the only companies fully dedicated to make an impact in this space. The global smart thermostat market is expected to reach a value of USD 6.8b by the end of 2022, at a projected annual growth (CAGR) of 54% until 2022.**

“We are convinced that soon every building will be heated and cooled intelligently. Now is just the right time to raise capital and utilize it to position us as the number one in this fast-growing market,” says Toon Bouten, CEO of tado°.

How tado° works

tado° Smart Thermostats connect heating and air conditioning systems to the internet. The smartphone app detects when residents are leaving or approaching their home, or when windows are opened, to set temperatures efficiently. Additionally, weather forecasts and adapting algorithms further contribute to save up to 31% on heating costs, while improving comfort and wellbeing.

From smart thermostats to home climate management

“Feeling warm and comfortable at home is a basic human need,” says Christian Deilmann, Co-founder and CPO of tado°. “tado°’s goal is to increase our customer value even more by investing the fresh capital into new services to fully manage our users’ home climate.”

A typical European or US family spends between USD 1,000 and 3,000 per year on heating and cooling their home. Maintaining a cozy home temperature is not only expensive but also requires a lot of work. Knowing which energy tariff to choose, buying the right heating system/AC, or arranging a repair or annual maintenance takes time. tado° will take care of all aspects of home climate management with new service offerings for its customers to make their lives easier, more comfortable, and more affordable.tado° products can be purchased from all European Apple stores, from over 30 utility companies, and many more leading retailers and partners.

USD 102m / GBP 78m / EUR 89m

USD 50m / GBP 38m / EUR 43m

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**Research and Markets

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

“Customers love using voice to interact with the technology in their home,” said Paul Bernard, director of the Alexa Fund. “It provides a natural, seamless way to control everything from lights and security systems to appliances and thermostats. Climate control systems, in particular, stand out as popular smart home experiences with Alexa and we’re excited to support tado° as they bring their Alexa-compatible devices to more customers across Europe.”

Source : Insight DIY and tado°

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26 October 2018

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